Clint Frazier snapped an eighth-inning tie with a pinch-hit double and the New York Yankees hit three solo homers in a much-needed 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
“I was trying to be disciplined and hit a fastball,” Frazier said after coming through against reliever Jordan Romano. “I was a little bit early on it and just glad to keep it inside the base. The most important thing we’ve done as a team is stick together. We’re trying to go out and win ballgames and tonight it took everybody.”
Chris Gittens homered for his first major league hit, Gary Sanchez socked a leadoff homer in the second and Brett Gardner added a leadoff shot in the seventh that brought the Yankees to 5-4.
“I touched first base and my mind just went blank,” Gittens said. “I didn’t care if it was a home run or a base hit, a little squibber. That was an amazing feeling.”
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Gardner made a bold prediction as Gittens went to the plate.
“Gardy walked by me five seconds before, and said, ‘Skip, he’s going deep,”‘ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s had some competitive at-bats and to finally step on one and get us closer was big.”
Bo Bichette homered and had a two-run single for the Blue Jays. Santiago Espinal added three hits for Toronto, which has lost four of six.
Jonathan Loaisiga (6-2) worked one inning to earn the win. Tim Mayza (1-1) allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Andujar in the eighth and took the loss. Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu limited New York to five hits over six innings, but issued a season-high four walks.
Jordan Montgomery allowed five hits and four walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for New York.
Bichette led off the third with his 14th homer to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. Gittens countered with a 439-foot shot to left-centre in the fourth that tied it at 2.
Toronto took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Joe Panik scored on a passed ball, and went up 5-2 on Bichette’s single.
DJ LeMahieu scored on Anthony Castro’s wild pitch in the seventh to tie the game at 5.
The Blue Jays threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs before Bichette flied out.