The Toronto Blue Jays knew the task would be tough on Tuesday night at Sahlen Field. Toronto’s offensive lineup had to face the New York Yankees’ ace pitcher, Gerrit Cole, in their efforts to try to win back-to-back games over the team directly in front of them in the American League East standings.
Cole brought his best stuff Tuesday night, stymieing Blue Jay batters, as he held Toronto to just one run, in a 12-1 victory for New York.
The Yankees gave Cole some early support, scoring two runs in the first inning courtesy of an Aaron Hicks triple and then a wild pitch from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark. New York had a 2-0 lead before Toronto even came to bat.
Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Toronto finally did get on the board with a Cavan Biggio home run to center field. It was the lone tally against Cole all night.
The Yankees gave Cole an even bigger cushion in the top of the fifth inning as Aaron Judge’s RBI single, Hicks’ two-run single, and a Gleyber Torres RBI single all added to the Yankees' lead, which was 7-1 after their half of the fifth inning.
Cole finished the game pitching seven strong innings, giving up just one run and striking out seven Blue Jays batters.
New York added three more runs in the eighth inning and one more run in the ninth that extended their lead to 12-1.
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Toronto now trails New York by four games in the division for second place with just five left on the schedule.
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the four-game series at Sahlen Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:37 p.m.
- Toronto entered the night scoring six runs per-game at home, the second-highest in the American League and third-highest in all of Major League baseball. It also is the highest rate for a single season in team history.
- The Yankees have clinched their 28th consecutive winning record since 1993. It is the second-longest such stretch in Major League history behind only the franchise’s streak of 39 straight winning seasons from 1926 to 1964.