TORONTO (AP) — Jameson Taillon and two relievers combined into a five-hit, Aaron Hicks lined up a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Saturday.
Taillon (8-1) allowed four hits and knocked out eight in 5 innings 2-3 to win his eighth straight decision.
Michael King worked two innings and Clay Holmes got the final four outs. The Yankees pitched their 11th loss of the season and improved to a 49-16 major league record.
Toronto put the runners in second and third with one out in the second inning, but Taillon pulled out the next eight straight batters.
Alek Manoah (8-2) lost for the first time in 16 home matches, disappointing a crowd of 45,055. Manoah came in at 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career games against New York, but allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and eliminated five.
Anthony Rizzo tied a Yankees fourth outing, Gleyber Torres followed up with a single, and after Joey Gallo was out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa defeated a field hit to carry the bases to Hicks, who doubled to the right.
For Hicks, it was his first extra-base hit in a base-loaded situation in over five years, and the Blue Jays were the opponent the previous time. Hicks had a career-best six RBIs as the Yankees won 12-2 in Toronto on June 1, 2017.
After a mound visit, Manoah hit Jose Trevino with a pitch and the Yankees catcher was awarded first base. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo came out to argue that Trevino had wobbled on the field and was ejected for the fourth time this season.
The Yankees had an 11-game winning streak from April 22 to May 3. That streak ended with a loss to southpaw Yusei Kikuchi at the end of a three-game series in Toronto. Kikuchi starts for the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendonitis) was scheduled to launch BP live at the New York spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, manager Aaron Boone said. If he feels up to it, Chapman will do another BP live session while the Yankees are in the Tampa area visiting the Rays next week.
Blue Jays: Toronto said LHP Hyun Jun Ryu had Tommy John’s surgery. He has a contract until 2023 but will need 12 to 18 months to recover. … The Blue Jays put RHP Trevor Richards (sprained neck) in 15-day IL and named LHP Matt Gage the Triple-A Buffalo. … SS Bo Bichette (right foot) has rejoined the team after sitting out on Friday. Bichette left Thursday’s game once after fouling a foot throw.
When the umpire’s bat broke on an infielder in the room, the barrel came out of the infield and landed on the shallow left.
New York signed INF Chris Owings to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Orioles released Owings on Monday.
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Taillon walked more than one hitter for the first time in 13 games this season. …George Springer walked twice against Taillon and ended up with three walks.
Saturday marked the 45th anniversary of the 1977 Fenway Park showdown between the late Yankees coach Billy Martin and right field star Reggie Jackson. After Martin replaced Jackson for failing to enter the outfield in a nationally televised game, the two nearly got into a fight on the visitors’ bench.
RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 2.80) returns to the mound for New York on Sunday after being scratched since early Thursday due to illness. Kikuchi (2-3, 4.80) starts for the Blue Jays. The southpaw is winless in five matches.
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