Blue Jays 4-game winning streak snapped by Yankees

Andrew Benintendi hit a game-breaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees got a desperately needed win, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

On the day Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was booed as the team retired former star Paul O’Neill’s No. 21, the AL East leaders won for just the 10th time in 30 games since the all-star break. They lead the division by eight games against Toronto.

After New York’s frustrations reached the point where ace Gerrit Cole hit the dugout roof twice and manager Aaron Boone pounded his hand on the podium at a press conference after -game Saturday, the Yankees’ only qualms were with Toronto starter Alek Manoah.

In the fifth, Manoah plunged major league home run leader Aaron Judge in the left elbow with a lead. The judge glanced at Manoah as Cole started to scream and a few more Yankees came through the dugout railing.

Cole was intercepted by bench coach Carlos Mendoza before reaching the referees. During the commotion, Judge and Manoah, who were teammates in last month’s All-Star Game, appeared to discuss the pitch diplomatically.

The Yankees came back quickly after Wandy Peralta walked ninth-place hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. to force the tying run in the top of the seventh.

Jose Trevino beat third baseman Matt Chapman’s lopsided throw for a hit and was sacrificed to second. Benintendi hit a long foul ball, then sent an Adam Cimber (9-5) slider into the second deck in right field.

Benintendi, who also doubled, hit his fourth homer of the season. It was his first home run since June 20, more than a month before Kansas City traded him to New York.

Anthony Rizzo scored on a throwing error by Toronto outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr in the first period. and DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single in fourth.

Whit Merrifield hit a bizarre home run in Toronto’s fourth on a ball that bounced off the fence twice before going over the top. The Blue Jays had won four in a row.

Lou Trivino (2-7) has had the last seven outs.

New York starter Nestor Cortes allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He withdrew five.

Manoah allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings.

Blue Jays outfielder George Springer did not start for the third straight game after fouling on a knee fly ball while going five-for-five in Thursday’s win over the Yankees. He picked as the pinch hitter in the seventh.


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