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Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2: Trio of home runs give Yankees win


Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The pitching was the major story following yesterday's game, but today wound up being all about the offense. Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Nunez, and John Ryan Murphy all homered as the Yankees cruised past the Blue Jays 8-2.

Vidal Nuno was the starter for the Yankees, and was decent, except for one at bat in the first inning. With two outs in the first, Jose Bautista homered off Nuno, giving the Blue Jays an early lead.

The Yankees went on to tie the game in the top of the second. Adonis Garcia led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Brendan Ryan singled. With two on and two out, Dean Anna singed to score Garcia, tying the game at one.

In his second inning of work, Nuno allowed a single to Dioner Navarro, but got out of the inning without that hurting him. In all, he pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts.

The Yankees' offense proceeded to have a big inning and take the lead in the top of the third. Jacoby Ellsbury drew a leadoff walk and then scored when Nunez followed with a home run. Beltran came up next and he too homered, increasing the Yankees' lead to 4-1.

The next pitcher in for the Yankees after Nuno was Bryan Mitchell. In his two innings, Mitchell allowed no runs on three hits while striking out three.

Following Mitchell would be Shane Greene, who entered in the fifth inning. Jose Reyes hit a two-out double in Greene's first inning, but that wouldn't amount to any Toronto runs. However, the Blue Jays did manage to add to their score in Greene's second inning of work. With one out in the sixth, Edwin Encarnacion doubled. Dan Johnson was brought in for Encarnacion and he promptly moved to third on a groundout by Maicer Izturis. Melky Cabrera doubled to score Johnson, cutting the lead to 4-2. Despite a fielding error by Corban Joseph, the one run was all the Blue Jays would get that inning.

The Yankees got that run right back in the top of the seventh. Garcia led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Gary Sanchez hit a single. Joseph sort of made up for his earlier error by driving in Garcia when he grounded out. That made it 5-2 and took the lead back up to three runs.

An inning later, the Yankees tacked on another three runs. Antoan Richardson and Yangervis Solarte both hit one-out singles, bringing Murphy to the plate. The Artist formerly known as JR hit a three-run home run, extending the lead to 8-2.

Bruce Billings, Fred Lewis and Matt Daley finished the last three innings without much trouble and the Yankees came away with an 8-2 win.

The Yankees will host the Nationals tomorrow at 1:05 Eastern. The game will be televised on YES. Meanwhile, today's will be airing tonight on MLB Network at 8 pm Eastern.

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