Yankees snap skid with comeback win over Blue Jays
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BUFFALO — The Yankees have said they have more than three months to get on track and save their season.
Maybe Tuesday was a first step.
The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak by overcoming a three-run deficit to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, in front of a pro-Yankee crowd of 7,145 at Sahlen Field.
Gary Sanchez, Chris Gittens and Brett Gardner hit solo homers to help the Yankees get back in the game and they tied it when DJ LeMahieu scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Clint Frazier’s pinch-hit double drove in Tyler Wade to give the Yankees their first lead in the eighth.
And Aroldis Chapman, who had taken the loss in each of his previous two appearances, got the save with a scoreless ninth inning — using his splitter effectively.
Zack Britton, in his second appearance of the season after elbow surgery during spring training, loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth before getting Bo Bichette to fly to right on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the inning.
Starter Jordan Montgomery was off from the beginning. He walked the first three batters he faced, prompting an early visit from pitching coach Matt Blake.
Montgomery recovered and got out of the first inning having allowed just one run on a sacrifice fly by Teoscar Hernandez.
Sanchez tied the game in the top of the second, when he led off with his ninth homer of the year.
But Montgomery gave up a home run to Bichette to start the bottom of the third, putting Toronto ahead again.
Gittens hit his first MLB homer in the fourth, a two-out solo shot to left-center that tied the game at 2-2.
Montgomery got into further trouble in the fourth.
With a runner on first and two out, the left-hander gave up a single to Santiago Espinal and an infield hit to Marcus Semien. A passed ball by Sanchez allowed Joe Panik to score from third and Bichette drove in two more with a single to left to make it 5-2.
The Yankees scratched out a run in the sixth. Sanchez doubled Gio Urshela to third. Urshela scored on a groundout by Miguel Andujar to cut the deficit to two.
Gardner opened the seventh by greeting right-hander Anthony Castro with a leadoff homer to make it a one-run game. LeMahieu followed with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Aaron Judge struck out for the second time, but with Gleyber Torres at the plate, LeMahieu scored on another wild pitch to even the game.
After a walk to Torres, Castro was pulled. Carl Edwards Jr. got just one out before he left with abdominal discomfort. Urshela walked to bring Sanchez to the plate against Tim Mayza, but Sanchez grounded out.
Jonathan Loaisiga got a double play to get out of the seventh.
Andujar led off the eighth with a single and Wade replaced him as a pinch runner. Wade stole second and Gittens whiffed before the Yankees turned to Frazier to hit for Gardner — after they went with Gardner in center and Andujar in left over Frazier against lefty starter Hyun Jin Ryu.
The Blue Jays went to right-hander Jordan Romano and Frazier ripped an RBI double to left to give the Yankees their first lead. Frazier moved to third on a LeMahieu groundout and Judge struck out for a third time.
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