Yankees Stop Blue Jays’ Four-game Winning Streak

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Anthony Calandrino
Sunday August 21, 2022

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New York Yankees 4, Toronto Blue Jays 2

Andrew Benintendi‘s two-run homer in the seventh inning broke a tie, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Sunday to avoid being swept in four straight games.

On the day the Yankees retired the number 21 of former star Paul O’Neill, the fans booed general manager Brian Cashman. It was the AL East leaders’ 10th win in 30 games since the All-Star break. They are eight games ahead of Toronto in their division.

After New York’s anger got so bad that ace Gerrit Cole punched the dugout roof twice and manager Aaron Boone pounded his hand on the podium during a news conference after the game on Saturday, the Yankees’ only complaint was with Toronto starter Alek Manoah.

Judge, who is 1 for 16 against Manoah and has struck out six times, also didn’t think it was on purpose.

Cole’s pass to the umpires was stopped by bench coach Carlos Mendoza. During the commotion, Judge and Manoah, who played together in last month’s All-Star Game, seemed to talk about the pitch in a calm way.

The Yankees quickly came back after ninth-place hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. was walked by Wandy Peralta to bring in the tying run in the top of the seventh.

Trevino beat Chapman’s off-balance throw to first base for an infield hit and a free pass to second. Benintendi hit a foul ball and Adam Cimber’s slider into the second deck in right field.

Benintendi homered for the fourth time this season and doubled for the first time. His previous home run was on June 20, more than a month before he was traded to the Yankees from the Royals.

Benintendi’s drive also happened on the same day that he had trouble fielding Alejandro Kirk’s two-run double to left field in Toronto’s four-run fifth inning on Saturday.

In the first, Anthony Rizzo scored because the left fielder for Toronto, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., made a bad throw. In the fourth, DJ LeMahieu hit a single that scored the winning run.

In the fourth inning for Toronto, Whit Merrifield hit an odd home run with a ball that hit the fence twice before going over.

The last seven outs were made by Lou Trivino (2-7).

In six innings, New York’s starter, Nestor Cortes, gave up one run and three hits. He got five outs.

In six innings, Manoah gave up two runs, one of which was earned, and four hits.


On Monday, Domingo Germán of the Yankees plays Max Scherzer of the Mets at home to start the Subway Series.

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