TORONTO (AP) — Jordan Romano blocked loaded bases in the ninth inning, holding Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s tiebreaker single as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to end a New York’s winning streak at 11.
Matt Chapman homered and Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) gave up a season-high six-inning run for Toronto, which narrowly held on.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out single against Romano in the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Tim Locastro, who advanced to second on Josh Donaldson’s hit. Aaron Hicks hit and Joey Gallo walked to charge Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s goals, who failed to end it.
Romano leads the Majors with 12 saves from 13 tries. Toronto avoided being swept in the three-game series.
New York’s 11-game streak was its longest since a 13-game streak from Aug. 14-27, 2021.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by plate umpire Marty Foster for arguing over balls and strikes during Aaron Judge’s at-bat in the eighth. Foster upset Judge after calling him on a low strike in the sixth.
Boone and Foster exchanged heated words before the Yankees manager left the dugout. A pitch later, the judge retired the ball to end the inning.
Kikuchi won for the first time in five starts with Toronto. He walked one and struck out seven, a season high.
David Phelps got one out in the seventh but left after back-to-back walks, and Tim Mayza came on and retired the next two batters. Yimi Garcia worked the eighth.
Toronto improved to 10-3 in one-point games.
Judge went 0 for 3 with a walk and three strikeouts, stoking three times for the second straight night. He went without a hit for only the second time in 14 games.
Gallo returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with a tight left groin and homered on the first pitch he saw from Kikuchi in the third.
Gallo’s home run was his third and New York’s 35th major league lead.
Chapman opened the scoring in the second with a header from southpaw Nestor Cortes. The home run was Chapman’s fifth.
Bo Bichette hit a two-out double in the third and Guerrero broke the deadlock with his single.
Cortes (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. He walked four and took out three.
New York lost for the second time in 17 games by hitting at least one home run.
The Blue Jays selected RHP Casey Lawrence from Triple-A Buffalo and opted for LHP Andrew Vasquez at Triple-A. To make room for Lawrence on the 40-man roster, INF Gosuke Katoh was flagged for assignment.
NEW HOME FOR HOLLAND
LHP Derek Holland has tweeted that he has signed a minor league deal with Toronto. A 13-year veteran, Holland was 3-2 with a 5.07 ERA in 39 games for Detroit last season. He also pitched for Texas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.
Blue Jays: OF Teoscar Hernández (outstretched left oblique) went 1 for 3 and struck out two in his second rehab game at Class A Dunedin. Hernández could join the Blue Jays in Cleveland on Thursday.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.00) starts Friday as the Yankees return home for Game 1 of a three-game series against Texas. RHP Glenn Otto (1-0, 2.89) leaves for Rangers
Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos (2-0, 4.13) starts Thursday in Game 1 of a four-game series at Cleveland. RHP Aaron Civale (0-2, 10.67) goes for the Guardians.
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