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Homer-happy Yankees strike early to hand Jays and Richard their latest loss

Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen (9) collides with Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (behind) after catching a pop up by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during first inning MLB action at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen (9) collides with Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (behind) after catching a pop up by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during first inning MLB action at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

NEW YORK — Loss number 51 in game number 80 of the 2019 Blue Jays season basically began and ended with this:

Toronto starter Clayton Richard surrendered solo home runs to the first two batters he faced Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium and had allowed a third before he even got through the Yankees order for the first time.

That three-run cushion was enough to propel the Bronx Bombers to a 4-3 win, their second in as many nights. The modest good news for the Jays was that Richard continued to show his battling side and settled down enough to at least get his team through six innings.
And as seems their way, the young Jays kept fighting to make a game of it. After not getting a base runner through the first four, they added a pair of runs in the sixth on RBI hits by Danny Jansen and Vlad Guerrero Jr.

In the ninth, they continued to make it interesting when an RBI single by Randal Grichuk brought in Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to pull them to within one. But with runners on first and second, Freddy Galvis grounded out after a long at-bat to end it.

The youthful, rebuilding Jays are certainly overmatched against a team like the Yankees, but manager Charlie Montoyo was been encouraged by some of the recent signs, including winning two of three in Boston and a couple of near comebacks here.

“We’re making progress,” Montoyo said. “We’re having good at-bats. We’re playing good baseball.”

DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge provided the one-two homer punch at the top of the order and then in the second, Gleyber Torres added another off of Richard. The fourth homer came from former Jay Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth and stood up as the game winner.

The Yankees extended their home run streak to 28 consecutive games, setting a new MLB record as they can continue to pile up the runs.

“Obviously it’s one of the overwhelming strengths of our club,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of his team, which is an MLB best 10-1 in its past 11. “It’s something we lean on and rely on.”

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