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May 30 2017, 07:16 | Van Peters
USA TODAY Sports
The Blue Jays have won 26 of 39 games against the Yankees dating to the beginning of the 2015 season - blowing past them down the stretch in 2015 and winning three of four in late September last season, as Toronto clinched a wild-card berth and all but eliminated the Yankees.
First from Rays starter Chris Archer, who at the beginning of what would be a brilliant seven-inning-plus performance showed he had his teammates backs' - specifically Steven Souza Jr., who was hit by a pitch Saturday - by throwing a 96 miles per hour fastball behind the back of Blue Jays slugger and noted grump Jose Bautista. After striking out 27 batters and walking two over his first three starts, he has walked four batters and struck out nine in his last two starts.
"I heard that, so that's pretty cool", said Goins. "And I think that he'll get the job done next time". But I think it breeds a better baseball.
Goins became the first major-leaguer to get a two-run sacrifice fly since Wil Myers did it for the Tampa Bay Rays on September 14, 2014, against the Yankees.
Manny Machado slugged a long homer out of Fenway Park in Boston, drove in two runs and made three solid plays at third base in his first game against Boston since a dustup with the Red Sox just over a week ago, carrying the Baltimore Orioles to victory. Archer said of his outing, "it was good, but not good enough to win". "He was able to hit his spots. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap".
The Blue Jays said Sanchez left because of a split fingernail on his middle finger.
Forced with manipulating an already struggling bullpen, Jays manager John Gibbons got 3.1 innings from Ryan Tepera and five pitchers after him, and a save from closer Roberto Osuna.
The Yankees picked up their only run in fourth inning.
Severino gave up a pair of line drive singles in the first but escaped. Greg Bird, however, hit into a 6-3 double play, dropping him to a 6-for-58 start to the season.
And when asked if he thought Archer had any intent behind his particular throw, he responded: "I don't know". I either throw it way too high or it gets in the zone. It's frustrating, but you have to deal with it.
"I was just trying to go inside and the ball got away from me a little bit", Archer said. The bats got shut down by fastball-changeup mix master Marco Estrada while Luis Severino and Luis Cessa did not have their best showings. Devon Travis followed with a ground-rule double over the head of Aaron Judge. Ellsbury made a fine back-handed catch, but hit the centrefield wall hard and went down.