NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Gausman hit seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays became the latest team to beat the New York Yankees, beating group leaders AL East 4-0 on Friday night.
The Yankees were held to four singles games and not a single runner went beyond second base as they lost for the 14th time in 18 games. They have vacated three times in the last six games and five times in the last 13 – Aaron Judge and his teammates have been eliminated only six times in the first 107 games.
Teoscar Hernandez to help get the Blue Jays moving in the round of eight games against the Yankees, the last time they took first place since June 13.
Gausman (9-9) allows four hits and one walk with seven hits. It was the third zero-goal attempt in four starts for Gausman, a beat for which he has an ERA of 1.75.
The right-handed player beat Judge in the first game and gave Josh Donaldson a double before taking 10 consecutive games off.
Gausman made Isiah Kiner-Falafa hit a brace in between fifth-round singles by Gleyber Torres and Oswaldo Cabrera and beat Donaldson to overtake Anthony Rizzo in a two-round singles game in the sixth round.
Yimi Garcia hit the perfect eighth shot and Jordan Romano failed to hit the ninth in an unstoppable situation.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr made his RBI debut in the third round before Alejandro Kirk took a fourth round lead by hitting singles against Jameson Taillon (11-4). Hernandez followed with a long shot at left centre-back – the 14th to surrender in the last 11 starts by Taillon, who has given up just six hosts in his first 12 starts.
Danny Jansen had a fly sacrifice in ninth.
Taillon allows six hits and no hits with five strikes over five innings. He has an ERA of 5.35 since making a perfect eighth inning game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 2.
CABERRA’S BIG SAND
Cabrera made an immediate impression in his first game of the major tournament on the right-court by leaping up an 8-meter-high wall and robbing Lourdes Gurriel’s hit on the first court of the game by Taillon.
The rookie conceded a goal by flexing and screaming before returning the ball to the inner court and exchanging an enthusiastic hand slap with Judge, center control.
It was just his fourth professional start on the right pitch for Cabrera, whose versatility – he was the first player in Yankees history to have three first starts in three different positions. It started on its third facility and stopped earlier this week – and the energy has already impressed manager Aaron Boone.
“I think you’ll see him moving around the pitch, the way he moves and picks up the ball on the ground is really good,” Boone said. “Can really impact the ball too. So he’s making himself a really good player and I think he’s going to be a good player in this league in the long run. Invisible things are really special.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who turns 23 on March 16, collected his 500th career hit by doubles to take the lead in sixth. The Hall of Famer father had 305 hits before turning 24.
ROOM OF TRAINER
Blue Jays: OF/DH George Springer failed to start after fouling a ball from his knee while going 5 for 5 in Thursday’s win. … The Tim Mayza Film Festival (right shoulder dislocation) will begin rehab at Triple-A Buffalo Saturday. He was injured August 6 after a home-field collision with the Minnesota Twins’ Nick Gordon.
Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (left Achilles tendonitis) trained before the game and is expected to begin rehab with Double-A Somerset on Saturday. Boone said Stanton could return as the Yankees’ DH as soon as Wednesday. … RHP Luis Severino (right muscle strain) threw 30 shots on Thursday and is scheduled to throw again on Saturday before throwing practice batting with Stanton on Tuesday.
Blue Jays: RHP Mitch White (1-3, 3.72 ERA) will have its third game since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-5, 3.30 ERA) is 0-3 with 4.35 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break.
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