The Toronto Blue Jays have won five straight games to improve their chances of making the postseason.
Toronto extended its winning streak to five games with a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y., on April 21. With the win, Toronto, which is in third place in the American League East (85-67), moved into the second wild-card spot in the American League. They are one game ahead of the third wild-card spot, Seattle and Texas (84-68).
Starter Kevin Gausman earned his 12th win with six innings of three-hit, three-run ball, striking out 10. Gaussman, who signed a five-year, $110 million contract with Toronto through the 2022 season, has done his part this season, going 12-9 with a 3.29 ERA in 30 games (178 innings). That’s the lowest ERA of any Toronto starter who has pitched a regulation inning. He bounced back from a rough outing against Texas on April 15, giving up four runs on six hits (two homers) in 4⅔ innings with six walks and five strikeouts.
The bullpen of Chad Green (one scoreless inning), Jordan Hicks (one scoreless inning), and Eric Swanson (one run in one inning) preserved the win. At the plate, George Springer, Whit Merrifield, Bo Bichette, and Kevin Kiermaier all had multi-hit games.
For the Yankees, who have lost three straight, starter Michael King took the loss despite pitching seven innings of five-hit ball, striking out 13 and walking one. Austin Wells hit his first home run of the season and went 2-for-4 with a double, one home run, one RBI and one run scored in the loss.
The Yankees put runners on first and second in the bottom of the first inning when Aaron Judge and Glavier Torres drew back-to-back walks. However, Austin Wells was retired on a foul tip and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grounder to shortstop to end the threat.
Toronto put runners on second and third in the top of the third as Kevin Kiermaier and George Springer combined for a multi-hit game. Beau Bichette followed with an RBI single to center field.
The Yankees had runners on first and second in the bottom of the third on a walk to Judge and a single by Torres. But again, Wells and Stanton were stranded at the plate, this time with no runs scoring.
Toronto got on the board in the top of the fourth when Whit Merrifield led off with a double. But Dalton Bashaw struck out to end the threat.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth when Wells doubled, but Stanton and Anthony Volpi struck out to end the threat.온라인바카라
Toronto had a runner on third in the top of the seventh when Merrifield led off with a single and advanced to second on a stolen base and a wild pitch. However, Alejandro Kirk struck out to end the threat. In the eighth, Kiermeyer walked, Springer singled, a wild pitch, a wild pitch, Kevan Biggio walked, and Matt Chapman walked to load the bases. Spencer Horwitz and Merrifield drew back-to-back walks to extend the lead to 3-0.
With the game on the line, Toronto put runners on first and third in the ninth after Kiermeyer doubled and Springer singled. A Bishop single, a Biggio walk, and a Horwitz RBI single put the game out of reach. The Yankees got a solo home run from Wells in the bottom of the ninth, but it didn’t change the course of the game.