Having taken six out of seven from the formidable rays and Astros and in front of a two-game halloween series against the Red Sox in London, the Yankees met the challenge of not letting themselves go against the brutal Blue Jays over three games
"We must go out and make sure we are snug and ready to put our best foot forward, "said Aaron Boone late Monday afternoon.
Not only did the Yankees do it, they planted their braces on the back of the Blue Jay's neck until Jonathan Holder allowed the visitors to get out of the carpet in the eighth inning when giving up five runs and not recording one out.
With CC Sabathia giving six innings, Aaron Hicks beat a three-run homer in the fifth and Giancarlo Stanton does the same in the sixth to tie the MLB team record with 27 straight games with a homer, the Yankees packed a harder than- It should have been 1
S eventh Yankees victory in eight games raised his ledger to 50-28 and extended his AL East lead over the vacant rays to five games.
After absorbing three straight losses on June 2-14, Sabathia won a second straight start and is 5 -4. In six innings, which tied a season high, Sabathia allowed two runs, six hits and knocked out nine for his 251 victory. It ties him to Bob Gibson for the 45th on the full-time list. Sabathia are two back by Carl Hubbell for 44th place.
Sabathia threw 29 seats in the first innings when Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead. He ended up with season raises in strikeouts and pitches (104).
DJ LeMahieu went 4-in-4 and did twice.
Got into a 10-2 game in eighth, Holder gave a leadoff homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and then abandoned three straight singles before Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam that cut the lead to 10-7.
Chad Green took over and gave up a pair of two singles and left for Adam Ottavino, who knocked out Gurriel to finish the innings.
Aroldis Chapman recorded the last three outs while beating his 22nd rescue in 24 chances.
Didi Gregorius, who opened the game 6-for-16 (.375) against Blue Jay's starter Aaron Sanchez, singled to the right who led away the sixth and made it to third when Gleyber Torres "ball double double check of Sanchez glove and Galvis "leather on the way to short midfield.
With runner in the second and third, Gio Urshela slowly went to the third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for a hit that scores Ed Gregory for a 4-2 advantage. Brett Gardner's grounder on the right side forced Urshela on the other side, but did Torres to make it 5-2.
When LeMahieu single left, Sanchez was replaced by Derek Law and he gave up a two-double double to Luke Voit who produced a five-run pillow. Stanton's first homer of the season was measured at 445 feet and upped the lead to 10-2.
Sabathia's inability to trap a ball put him in trouble sixth after the Yankees gave him a 3-2 lead in the home fifth inning through Hicks three-run homer.
With one out and the bases empty Sabathia failed to trap Randal Grichuk slowly rolling towards the first baseline with his bare hand. Sabathia then whiffed Rowdy Tellez before Galvis singled to the left to put runners in the corners. With ex-Yankee Billy McKinney, a left-handed hitter, at the plate, Galvis swept others. Sabathia went from a 1-2 count to full and knocked out McKinney with a 81 mph breaking ball to string two.