Blue Jays fall to Yankees 7-5 in rain-shortened series opener in New York

Blue Jays fall to Yankees 7-5 in rain-shortened series opener in New York

Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Giancarlo Stanton added an impressive opposite-field blast and the New York Yankees rallied for a rain-shortened 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season into a party deck behind the home bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain at Yankee Stadium. The game was called with one out in the seventh after a delay of one hour and 25 minutes.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Royals earn series split with Blue Jays in 6-2 win after lengthy rain delayChad Green (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. In a scoring oddity, David Robertson got his third save, despite not recording the final out of the game.Rookie Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice off Joe Biagini (1-7) in the fifth.Toronto jumped on starter Lance Lynn for four runs in the first inning. Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each had RBI singles before Randal Grichuk walked to load the bases with two outs and Aledmys Diaz followed with a two-run single.READ MORE: Ex-Blue Jay Bautista sets career-high with 7 RBI, in Mets 24-4 rout of PhilliesThe Yankees, who were limited to just six runs in their previous three games against Tampa Bay, cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning against starter Marcus Stroman. Aaron Hicks worked a two-out walk and scored from first, when sure-handed centre fielder Pillar misplayed Didi Gregorius’ triple in the gap. Miguel Andujar added an RBI double.Get daily local headlines and alerts

Yankees' Lance Lynn had a first inning to forget

Yankees' Lance Lynn had a first inning to forget

Lance Lynn delivered everything the Yankees could have asked for in his first three appearances after arriving from Minnesota, giving up just one run in 16 ²/₃ innings.

Then came the first inning Friday night.

In a rain-shortened 7-5, seven-inning win over the Blue Jays in The Bronx, the big righty allowed four first-inning runs. Even after the Yankees took the lead with Neil Walker’s three-run homer in the fourth, Lynn gave it right back by allowing a run in the fifth.

“When you’re not in attack-mode early on and walking people, that’s how things go for you,’’ Lynn said. “The offense came back and bailed me out.”

It was the first rough patch for Lynn as a Yankee after he arrived from the Twins with a 5.10 ERA in 20 appearances.

“It was frustrating,’’ said Lynn, who allowed five runs in four-plus innings. “Next time I’m gonna be better. The first was ugly. I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Lynn said the rain that fell for part of the first inning may have played a role in his early woes.

“It was a little bit of everything,’’ Lynn said. “I just wasn’t good and I’ve got to be better.”

He also pointed to a close 3-2 pitch to Randal Grichuk that was called ball four to extend the inning, which allowed Aledmys Diaz to hit a two-run single to center.

“I was one pitch away from just giving up one or two and all of a sudden it’s four,’’ Lynn said.

There was also an opposite-field single by Kendrys Morales — who entered the game 3-for-4 with a pair of homers in his career against Lynn — and a fly to shallow right by Kevin Pillar that fell in front of Neil Walker for an RBI single.

But there were also two walks and a wild pitch against a Toronto lineup that had tagged him for six runs in five innings in an April 30 start when he was still with Minnesota.

Booed in The Bronx for the first time since joining the team, Lynn rebounded to whiff Richard Urena to finally end the frame — but he had thrown 37 pitches.

Lynn settled in to retire nine of the next 10 batters. But then Curtis Granderson doubled and Devon Travis singled him in to open the fifth, and Lynn was yanked.

Aaron Boone at least liked the way Lynn kept the Yankees in the game.

“I loved that after throwing 30-something pitches [in the first], he doesn’t flinch,’’ Boone said.

Chad Green prevented further damage and the Yankees retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Collects 12th double

Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Collects 12th double

Torres went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Friday against the Blue Jays.

Torres has been in a slump at the plate over his past 10 games, as his batting average has dropped 20 points (.279 to .259) over that stretch. Despite this, he’s recorded a base knock in each of his past two contests, so perhaps this is a sign he’s beginning to turn things around. Torres is slashing .259/.324/.490 through 84 games in 2018.

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Why Severino hasn't asked for Pedro Martinez's help

Why Severino hasn't asked for Pedro Martinez's help

NEW YORK — Yes, before the 2017 season, Luis Severino spent several days working out with Pedro Martinez in their native Dominican Republic.

And, yes, Severino went on to finish third in the American League Cy Young race.

But, no, Severino doesn’t exactly keep Martinez on speed dial as his own personal pitching coach. Even when the Yankees ace is struggling.

“He’s a very busy guy,” Severino said, “I don’t want to bother him. And I have a very good pitching coach here.”

Severino was speaking Friday, less than a day before he was scheduled to face the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Severino has had a rough stretch that has started speculation as to whether he should be the pick to stat if the Yankees reach the American League Wild Card Game.

They’re slated to host it, with a three-game lead over the A’s for the top spot going into Friday.

Don’t give up on Bird

Over his last six starts, Severino has a 1-4 record with a 7.84 ERA. Before that, he was on a Cy Young pace, going 14-2 with a 2.12 ERA in 19 starts. He made his second All-Star Game appearance this season.

Severino said he feels good and that he’s not fatigued. He added that he believes he’s made progress since his four-run, four-inning dud against the Mets on Monday, “but we’ll see tomorrow,” Severino said, half-jokingly.

Severino has also said he has a good relationship with Martinez, a Hall of Famer, and that they occasionally keep in touch and talk about life.

Manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild each have said they don’t believe Severino is injured or that he needs rest. Boone said that Severino could get as much as two days’ rest before his start after Saturday, thanks to a pair of off days built into the Yankees’ schedule next week.

Rothschild has said he believes Severino’s priamry problem has been simple: fastball location. He added that he didn’t think it would be necessary to skip Severino’s turn in the rotation considering the 12-day rest the Yankees gave him around the All-Star break.

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Yankees beat the Blue Jays and the rain

Yankees beat the Blue Jays and the rain

If after the top of the first inning, someone told you this game would be rain-shortened, that would have seemed like bad news for the Yankees. As it turns out, everything was fine.

Lance Lynn gave up four first inning runs, and wouldn’t last five frames, as he ran into his first real struggles as a Yankee. Thankfully for him, the offense picked up the slack after a disappointing series against the Rays. Neil Walker provided a crucial three-run home run, and a couple more runs after that would be the difference as the Yankees won a 7-5 rain-shortened game over the Blue Jays.

This game pretty much automatically became Lynn’s worst game as a Yankee thanks to the first inning alone. After a lead-off walk, a force out, and another walk, Kendrys Morales plated a run with a single. Thanks to a series of more walks and singles, the Blue Jays were sending the nine hitter up to the plate, and it was already 4-0.

The Yankees did some work in the bottom half of the inning is to dig out of the hole. After the first two hitters of the inning went down in order, Aaron Hicks kept the inning alive with a walk. Didi Gregorius then brought him home with a triple after a ball got past Kevin Pillar and into the gap. Miguel Andujar followed that with a double, scoring Gregorius to cut the deficit to two runs.

A couple innings later, the Yankees got all of the runs back, and more. With one out in the inning, Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird made moves to end their slumps, doubling and walking, respectively. Neil Walker then continued his hot hitting, homering to give the Yankees the lead.

The lead was not destined to last long, however, as the Blue Jays tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Curtis Granderson led the Blue Jays’ rally with a double. Devon Travis followed that with a single, and Granderson just managed to beat and evade that tag after Walker’s throw from right field, getting home safely. Boone would come out and remove Lynn from the game after that.

Lynn allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. It was really his first and last inning that did him in, as he was perfectly good in between that. It still goes down as his worst game as a Yankee. Chad Green came in for him and escaped the fifth inning with the score still tied.

With the possibility of rain in the forecast still, the Yankees then quickly moved to take the lead back. Aaron Hicks walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, Andujar singled, with Hicks moving to third. Torres then nearly grounded into a double play, but beat out the throw at first, allowing Hicks to score, putting the Yankees ahead again.

In the seventh, the Yankees got an insurance run in a big way. Giancarlo Stanton absolutely demolished a baseball 431 feet, over the Yankees’ bullpen for a home run.

Shortly after Stanton’s home run, the tarp came on and the game went into delay. As it turned out, that would be it for the day. After a decently long delay, the game was eventually called after 6.67 innings.

The Yankees win, and they did have to use that many people out of the bullpen in a game where their starter didn’t last very long. That works!

David Robertson also got the randomest save of his career, so that’s cool.

Box score.

Stanton, Walker homer as Yankees top Blue Jays in 7 innings

Stanton, Walker homer as Yankees top Blue Jays in 7 innings

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New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton runs the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Giancarlo Stanton added an impressive opposite-field blast and the New York Yankees rallied for a rain-shortened 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season into a party deck behind the home bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain at Yankee Stadium. The game was called with one out in the seventh after a delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Chad Green (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. In a scoring oddity, David Robertson got his third save despite not recording the final out of the game.

Rookie Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice off Joe Biagini (1-7) in the fifth.

Toronto jumped on starter Lance Lynn for four runs in the first inning. Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each had RBI singles before Randal Grichuk walked to load the bases with two outs and Aledmys Diaz followed with a two-run single.

The Yankees, who were limited to just six runs in their previous three games against Tampa Bay, cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning against starter Marcus Stroman. Aaron Hicks worked a two-out walk and scored from first when sure-handed center fielder Pillar misplayed Didi Gregorius‘ triple in the gap. Miguel Andujar added an RBI double.

Torres doubled and Greg Bird worked a 10-pitch walk off Stroman in the fourth before Walker delivered his shot. It was Walker’s seventh homer of the season and put New York ahead 5-4.

Stroman gave up five runs and six hits in four innings. A graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island, Stroman is winless in seven starts in the Bronx.

The Blue Jays chased Lynn in the fifth when Curtis Granderson doubled and scored on Devon Travis’ single.

Lynn was charged with five runs and six hits in four innings. He struck out five but walked three.

IT’S UP IN THE AIR

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said manager John Gibbons will lead the team through the remainder of the season before his future is addressed. Gibbons said last week he probably would not want to manage the club through a full rebuild.

Atkins thought the rumors regarding Gibbons’ future with the club were becoming a distraction.

”This game’s about the players, it’s about fans. It’s not about Gibby, it’s not about me. It will never be,” Atkins said.

An aging roster, injuries and lack of production has Toronto in fourth place in the AL East, 31 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

Gibbons’ contract runs through the end of the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. He’s in his second stint as Blue Jays manager after returning to team in 2013, and led Toronto to the 2015 and 2016 AL Championship Series.

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Blue Jays: C Luke Maile was placed on the paternity list before Friday’s game. OF Billy McKinney replaced Maile on the roster.

Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone said there was some improvement with C Gary Sanchez (groin) and OF Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist). Sanchez increased his running Friday afternoon, which he didn’t see. ”I was out there for his defensive work where he was throwing the bases. He looked really good,” said Boone, who added Judge played some catch. ”I think there was a chance he could have a bat in his hand and doing some dry swings. We’ll see if that happens or not. Both guys progressing, so hopefully, it’s out there.”

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will be making his second major league start Saturday. Reid-Foley didn’t fare to well Monday at Kansas City, allowing three runs and six hits over five innings. He walked three.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (15-6, 3.27) is coming off a tough start in have up four runs in four innings for the loss against the New York Mets on Monday. He’s 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 4 starts against Toronto.

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