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Smoak, Donaldson homer to rally Blue Jays over Yankees 3-2

Smoak, Donaldson homer to rally Blue Jays over Yankees 3-2”

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson slugged his sixth home run of the season Sunday's 3-2 defeat of the New York Yankees. "It's one of those ones where, obviously as good of a hitter as [Judge] is, you've got to make sure you make the effort to make that adjustment".

It was yet another Judge moment that caused heads to shake in his dugout, nearly a daily occurrence. However, the Blue Jays hit seven homers in the four games.

"It would be nice to continue playing well right now", manager John Gibbons said. "I think it would have been a kick in the teeth had we not won that one". For Barney, in the top of the seventh, Starlin Castro's blooper bounced over his head for a double, and then Barney took a very freakish path to a Didi Gregorius fly ball that should have only been a single.

Up at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sunday, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will be wrapping up their weekend Major League Baseball series.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (4-2, 3.15) starts the opener of a four-game series against the first-place Yankees.

In so many ways the heart and soul of this team, Donaldson connected for his sixth homer, fourth in the last five games, two of them in Friday's 7-5 win. He struck out four.

Francisco Liriano's successful return to the lineup and Josh Donaldson two homers helped the Blue Jays posted a 7-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Rogers Centre. Refsnyder stole second, took third on Gardner's flyout to deep center and scored when Aaron Hicks blooped a 2-and-2 pitch down the rightfield line for an RBI double, his 15th hit in his last 36 at-bats. 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. He scored when Holliday was safe at first after his grounder to shortstop forced Sanchez at second.

"Sometimes they might try to be too careful with him", said Gibbons.

In the sixth, with two out, Morales - he feasts off heaters - stomped that lead foot and lined a 317-foot single through the gap, which brought team HR leader Smoak to the plate.

Gardner: 1-1 count, 81-mph slider, no outs. "You have to be careful to not be in the middle". NY had eight hits. Didi Gregorius grounded to second to start a double play, however, and Chase Headley flied out to right.

Devon Travis remained in the game but was visibly favouring his left hand when he attempted to slide back into third base later in the inning. Either way, he crushed the pitch with all his might, smoking a 116-m.p.h. rocket to centre field that smacked off Kevin Pillar's glove and dropped to the turf for a run-scoring double. He pitched a three-hit shutout at Fenway Park on April 27, improving to 6-2 in 11 career starts against the Red Sox. "We know we're going to get some run support, so we're just going to keep trying to play good baseball". Today I was thinking more about driving the ball. Donaldson said he liked how the giveaway turned out, and even managed to take a shot at himself in the process. "I feel like we're going to erupt at some point". "We've been pretty good with our opportunities, but tonight we missed some".

Tomorrow, the Jays will try to split the series at 1:00 EDT with Marcus Stroman opposing Luis Severino. A Sanchez single and a Holliday made those two-run homers possible. "It was a complete team win".

The Blue Jays will open up a three-game road series with the Oakland Athletics after wrapping things up with the Yanks this weekend.



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