Josh Donaldson Crushes Two Home Runs As Yankees Drop Series Opener To Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit two two-run homers, J.A. Happ won his sixth straight decision against the Yankees, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Donaldson connected twice against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (9-5), who came in with an AL-best 2.29 ERA in 10 road starts. The 2015 AL MVP, Donaldson hit a drive to right-center in the first, and hooked one down the left field line in the third. He finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

It was the 12th multihomer game of Donaldson’s career and his second this season, both coming against the Yankees.

Entering play Tuesday, Donaldson had not homered in 35 career at-bats against Sabathia, striking out more times (9) than he had hits (8).

Happ (5-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, improving to 6-0 in 10 starts against the Yankees since 2014.

Garrett Cooper drove in both Yankees runs with a single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

New York used two walks and an infield single to load the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Dominic Leone got Cooper to fly out.

Leone got one out, Danny Barnes pitched 2/3 of an inning and Ryan Tepera worked 1 1/3 innings before Roberto Osuna finished for his 29th save in 36 chances. Osuna had blown three of his previous five chances.

Sabtahia lost consecutive starts for the first time in 2017. He allowed four runs and six hits in three innings, his shortest outing since a 2 2/3-inning stint against Toronto on July 4. Sabathia has pitched into the fifth just once in four starts against the Blue Jays this season.

New York, which leads the AL wild card standings, has allowed the opposition to score first in nine of its past 10 games.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. Judge has struck out in 25 consecutive games, the longest streak in Yankees history.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was back in the starting lineup after being benched Sunday and starting at designated hitter Saturday. Sanchez leads the majors with 12 passed balls and is second among catchers with 10 errors. Girardi has stressed to the 24-year-old that he has to get better at blocking pitches or his playing time will be affected. Sanches went 0 for 2 without a fielding mishap.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) and 2B Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) hit on the field and took ground balls. Bird said he expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. … Manager Joe Girardi said OF Aaron Hicks (strained right oblique) could return as soon as this weekend’s home series against Boston.

Blue Jays: Toronto placed RHP Cesar Valdez (shoulder) on the 10-day DL and recalled RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.93) will be pitching on six days’ rest when he takes the mound Wednesday. Tanaka is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA over his past eight starts.

Blue Jays: With Wednesday’s scheduled starter Valdez landing on the DL, Toronto is expected to promote RHP Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Buffalo to start against the Yankees. Acquired from Minnesota last month, Tepesch is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three games at Buffalo.

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