Yankees snap five-game skid; grab series finale against Blue Jays

Toronto takes two of the three games in the series
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The New York Yankees were in desperation mode Wednesday night in Buffalo. Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, the Yankees finally came through with an all-around performance that gave them a much-needed 7-2 win to close out the three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was very forth-coming with his pregame comments about his team’s struggles, saying how they are done with moral victories and how that he has high expectations for this team. His players responded with a win against the team that is right ahead of them in the divisional standings.

New York needed someone to step up and shortstop Gleyber Torres came through. In the second inning, Torres blasted a home run to left-center field that put the Yankees in front early, 1-0. Then in the fifth, after Luke Voit’s single gave New York a 3-2 edge, Torres continued his great night with a two-run double and the Yankees led for good at 5-2. In the ninth, New York added to their lead with a RBI single from Clint Frazier, and then Torres capped his night with another RBI on an infield ground-out. Torres finished the game with four runs batted in.

On the mound, New York starter Deivi Garcia pitched very well, picking up his first win of the season. He went seven innings, give up two runs, both coming on a home run from Derek Fisher. He also struck out six Blue Jay batters.

Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling struggled in the fifth, giving up three runs that, ultimately, were the difference. Toronto starter Tanner Roark pitched four innings, giving up two hits that were both home runs. When Roark left, it was a 2-2 game.

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Toronto now leads New York in the American League East by two games for second place. Both teams are chasing the first place Tampa Bay Rays, who have the best record in the American League.

The Blue Jays have Thursday off and start a three-game set in Buffalo on Friday night against the New York Mets at Sahlen Field.  The Yankees go home for a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

NOTES:
- Fisher’s home run in the game was the 30th home run hit by the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in 16 games this season.

- Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez has a right knee strain and has been put on the injured list. The injury likely occurred when Tellez when trying to catch a fly ball in Tuesday’s game when he ran down the first base line and seemed to slip or step awkwardly near the visiting bullpen area.

- The win gave Boone his 225th as Yankees manager. That passes Lou Piniella for 10th place on the Yankees all-time managerial win list.

- Wednesday was Roberto Clemente Day across Major League Baseball in honor of the Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash in 1972. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo and base coach Luis Rivera both wore No. 21 to honor Clemente. The Yankees wore a “21” patch on the sleeve of their jerseys.