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Yankees destroy Blue Jays for 11th straight win

TORONTO – Nothing seems to be stopping the Yankees these days — not even aspiring Yankee hitman Alek Manoah.

The Blue Jays right-hander eliminated 15 straight Yankees at one point on Tuesday, but the Yankees drove a strong start from Jameson Taillon and a six-run breakout against Toronto’s shaky bullpen in the seventh to earn their 11th straight win with 9: 1 up for grabs at the Rogers Centre.

The winning streak is now the second-longest since 1986 and is only behind the 13-game streak they had last August. The Yankees have also won 13 of 14 to open a 3 ½ game lead over Toronto in the AL East with a chance of a fourth straight win on Wednesday.

Caught in a close pitcher duel, the game was tied 1-1 until Manoah finished after the sixth inning.

The Yankees wasted no time in taking advantage of Manoah’s departure – which coincided with the collapse of the rest of the Blue Jays.

Aaron Judge hits a two-run single in the Yankees' 9-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Aaron Judge hits a two-run single in the Yankees’ 9-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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Giancarlo Stanton reached at the shortstop after a throwing error from Bo Bichette to start the inning against Adam Cimber and hit Josh Donaldson’s double to the left center gap to give the Yankees their first lead of the night.

Marwin Gonzalez, in a rare start at left flank, met Julian Merryweather and added another brace down left center to tuck in Donaldson and make it 3-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa grabbed an infield single that was poorly played by Bichette as Gonzalez advanced to third place.

Jose Trevino met first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who shot home to put Gonzalez in a rundown between home and third.

Third baseman Matt Chapman eventually brought the ball back to Guerrero, who was going home at that point, and Gonzalez appeared to leave the baseline to avoid a tag from Guerrero — who also appeared to have tagged Gonzalez — but the umpire denied home Plate, Ron Kulpa missed the call and Gonzalez scored.

Aaron Hicks, who reached base four times, followed up with a single to the left to smash in Kiner-Falefa, and Aaron Judge delivered the Yankees’ third run-scoring double of the inning for a 7-1 lead.

A two-run blaster from Stanton in the ninth made it 9-1.

The Yankees almost reached Manoah on top of the first.

Jameson Taillon
Jameson Taillon
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Hicks ended the game with a walk. Judge struck before Anthony Rizzo’s right single sent Hicks into third place.

But with runners on the corners, Stanton lashed out and Donaldson landed softly on Manoah.

Taillon tossed around a one-out double from Bichette at the bottom of the inning and a leadoff single from Raimel Tapia in the second. Guerrero opened the bottom of the fourth by rushing into second with a double, but Taillon got the next three batters.

The Blue Jays finally broke through against Taillon in the fifth.

Alejandro Kirk started the rally with a one-out double to the right. Taillon defeated Santiago Espinal for a second time before George Springer found Kirk from the second goal after a catcher’s intervention by Trevino and Bichette, who scored to the left.

Aaron Hicks celebrates after scoring a run in the Yankees' win.
Aaron Hicks celebrates after scoring a run in the Yankees’ win.
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With runners in first and second place, Guerrero ended up in second place to keep it a one-run game.

And after Rizzo’s single in the first inning, Manoah eliminated 15 straight hitters before Hicks left with an out in the sixth.

With Judge at the plate, Hicks was thrown out when he tried to steal the second. The judge responded with a rocket homer into the second deck on the left to tie the game 1-1.

The 114 mph Laser was Judge’s ninth of the year and came with Judge 0-for-10 with four career strikeouts against Manoah before the at-bat.

The Yankees pulled Manoah out after six innings and 91 pitches. After the right-hander’s recent performance, he has a 1.52 in four starts against the Yankees.

Taillon, meanwhile, had his best start of the year, allowing just one run over six innings.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/03/yankees-destroy-blue-jays-for-11th-consecutive-win/ Yankees destroy Blue Jays for 11th straight win

JOE HERNANDEZ

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