It was a series for the history books. A series which the Toronto Blue Jays would like to forget.
The red-hot New York Yankees put up record-after-record, home run-after-home run, and made quite a statement to their division rival over the three-game series.
After surrendering 13 home runs over the first two games, the Blue Jays couldn’t stop the bleeding on Thursday in the Bronx. The Yankees hit six more home runs, as the Yankees cruised to a 10-7 win and a sweep of Toronto in the series at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, but the Blue Jays got the game back to even as they scored two runs in the third with a home run from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and an RBI single from Bo Bichette.
In the fourth, New York exploded for seven runs in the inning to regain control. Five home runs, including three home runs that were on consecutive pitches, highlighted the inning. The home runs came from Brett Gardner, D.J. LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres.
Later in the seventh, Gary Sanchez got in on the home run madness, hitting his ninth of the year to get the Yankees to double-digit runs for the third time in the three-game series. That gave New York a 10-3 lead.
Toronto made it interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring four runs to close the gap to 10-7, but they couldn’t get any closer.
Gurriel Jr. had a great night offensively for the Blue Jays. He went 4-for-4, with two home runs, a double and one RBI.
Here’s a look at some of wild statistics from the three-game series:
- Toronto gave up 43 runs in the three-game series.
- Yankees became the first team in MLB history to hit 19 home runs in a series.
- Yankees became first team in MLB history to hit at least six home runs in three consecutive games.
- It was the first time the Yankees hit five home runs in an inning. It’s only happened six other times in MLB history. (Nationals - 2017, Brewers - 2006, Twins - 1966, Giants - 1961, Phillies - 1949, Giants - 1939)
- Luke Voit became the third different Yankees batter with 20 home runs through the team's first 50 games of a season, joining Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth (three times).
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The Yankees now hold a two-and-a-half game lead on the Blue Jays for second place in the American League East. The two teams will meet again next week in Buffalo at Sahlen Field for a four-game series from Sept. 21-24.
Toronto will travel to Philadelphia for a three-day, four-game series with a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 4:05 p.m. Toronto will be the home team in Game 1 in a makeup game from Aug. 2, and then the road team in Game 2.