Yankees hit four homers in eighth and rout Blue Jays 7-0

Posted June 05, 2017

Activated off the disabled list before the game after being out since May 10 because of a sore shoulder, Liriano (3-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings.

"It would be nice to continue playing well right now", manager John Gibbons said. "We just mixed them all".

"If we get him hot, this lineup is going to be tough to deal with", Sabathia said. Ezequiel Carrera grounds out to shallow infield, Didi Gregorius to Chris Carter. Gardner got to third on the play. The left-hander struck out five for the Yankees, who have won two of the first three of the four-game series.

Aaron Judge got it going in the fourth inning with a single to right field, then stole second, and advanced to third on an error to get into scoring position for Matt Holliday. Jose Bautista to third. Toronto added another in the fourth when Pineda threw one into the dirt that NY catcher Gary Sanchez couldn't handle, scoring Luke Maile from third. Clearly, Judge is wasting no time in preparing a case for his third straight Rookie of the Month honor. Before this season, the most home runs Gardner had hit in a 31-game stretch was eight.

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Justin Smoak hit a first-pitch slider to center for his 14th homer of the season with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 2. And he didn't get that strikeout until the fifth inning, against the 27th and final batter he faced (Maile). Indians starter Josh Tomlin (3-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. Diaz was inserted into the lineup about 30 minutes before game time in place of Francisco Cervelli, who was scratched due to illness.

As a starting pitcher, with the opposition having access to the precise location, velocity and movement of every single pitch you've ever thrown in your major-league career-not to mention multi-angle video of all those pitches-you have to work hard to remain unpredictable.

Donaldson led off the bottom of the eighth with his sixth homer of the season on a fastball Clippard wanted to get down and away.

During the eighth inning of their game with the Blue Jays, New York took a commanding lead, courtesy of four solo shots. But on this day, Jay Stenhouse, the Jays VP of baseball media, approached the big right-hander and asked if he would speak to the media.

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Joe Smith (2-0) struck out two in a flawless eighth, and Roberto Osuna struck out Aaron Judge, Holliday and Starlin Castro on 11 pitches for his 13th save in 16 chances. Tepera, however, then struck out Castro to end the inning.

Brett Gardner, the seemingly ageless NY leadoff hitter, stroked a fly ball to left-centre in the first inning that Ezequiel Carrera scurried to catch, but the ball squirted free from his glove.

But the Bringer of Rain seemed to rain on his own parade.

"I'm not where I want to be right now but I am getting a few pitches to hit and I haven't missed them", Donaldson said.

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"I thought Monty threw the ball really, really well", Gardner said. "There are definitely some at-bats I feel like I could do a better job at". Darwin Barney started in left field on Saturday to get another right-handed batter in the lineup against NY lefty Jordan Montgomery. Aaron Judge walks. Matt Holliday doubles to deep center field. Afterwards, Donaldson heaped praise on Smoak, who also hit a homer and leads the Jays with 13 - one shy of his total from last season. "(He's) starting to have continued success and not just here and there", Donaldson said. Grilli declined. And you couldn't really blame him.