TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

No doubt reliever Erik Swanson traveled approximately 448 feet to center field.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa also homered for the Yankees, who lost starter Domingo German to a fourth-inning ejection following a revision to his pitching hand.

German, who retired all nine batters he faced, likely faces a 10-game suspension.

Kevin Kiermaier went safety for Toronto (24-18) and starter Kevin Gausman struck out 10 in seven innings.

Ryan Weber (1-0) got the win and Wandy Peralta pitched the ninth for his third save. New York (25-19) has won seven of its last nine games.

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The tension rose at times during the game between the American League East rivals.

The Blue Jays contacted Major League Baseball earlier in the day about the positioning of New York’s point guards in the opener of the four-game series.

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The issue arose after Judge, who was booed heavily during every plate appearance, took an unusual quick look to his right before hitting a mammoth home run Monday night.

Yankees third base coach Luis Rojas got into a lively argument with the umpires early in Tuesday’s game, apparently over not being within the confines of the coaches box. The members of both benches shouted words at each other.

In the fourth inning, first base umpire DJ Reyburn was the first to look at German’s hand as the pitcher came out of the dugout. Television replays appeared to show a dark substance on the side of the right-hander’s pants.

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Umpires will occasionally check a pitcher’s hands and fingers during a game for foreign or sticky substances. It was the fourth ejection since MLB began cracking down on banned grappling aids two years ago.

With New York up 2-0, Yankees reliever Ian Hamilton was pressured on serve and loaded the bases with two outs. He left the game with a groin strain, but Ron Marinaccio came on and pulled Whit Merrifield to the line.

Kiner-Falefa hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning, but Kiermaier responded with his third home run to drive in Toronto’s three-run frame.

George Springer singled and scored on Bo Bichette’s double. A single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. brought Bichette home with the tying run.

In the eighth, Judge lit a slider for his 11th home run of the season. The ball left the park with a game top exit velocity of 113.1 mph.

The Blue Jays put runners on the corners in the bottom half of the inning, but Clay Holmes struck out pinch hitter Brandon Belt to end the threat.

Kiner-Falefa scored his third run of the game when he came across in the ninth on Gleyber Torres’ sacrifice fly.

Gausman allowed two earned runs, five hits and a pair of walks. Swanson (2-2) absorbed the loss.

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The announced attendance was 35,112, and the game took three hours and two minutes to play.

HATCH REMEMBER

Before the game, the Blue Jays called up right-hander Thomas Hatch from Triple-A Buffalo.

Fellow reliever Jay Jackson was optioned to the Bisons.

GOING UP

Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.49 ERA) was signed to start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. The Yankees were expected to respond with Gerrit Cole (5-0, 2.22).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 16, 2023.

Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.

&copy 2023 The Canadian Press


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