Donaldson 2 HRs, Blue Jays beat Yankees 7-5; Judge hits 18th
TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Liriano came off the disabled list and kept on shutting down the New York Yankees.
Josh Donaldson hit two solo home runs, Liriano pitched five innings in his return from a sore shoulder and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 7-5 on Friday night.
Justin Smoak added his team-leading 13th homer, a two-run drive in Toronto’s three-run first inning. He drove in three runs.
Activated off the disabled list before the game after being out since May 10 because of a sore shoulder, Liriano (3-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings. The lefty walked two and struck out five.
“I thought he was really good,” manager John Gibbons said. “He had a little tough patch early on where he lost the strike zone, but as his outing went along he got better and better.”
Liriano, who made one minor league rehab start at Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, said he was pain-free and didn’t feel any fatigue in his 81-pitch outing against the AL East leaders.
“Everything worked well for me today,” Liriano said. “My slider and curveball were working good.”
Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 18th homer for the Yankees, and Starlin Castro also connected.
Donaldson homered off Michael Pineda (6-3) in the first, then made it 6-4 with a homer off Jonathan Holder in the sixth. It was the 11th multihomer game of his career.
Liriano left after Judge hit a two-run, opposite-field homer in the sixth. The blast snapped Liriano’s stretch of 18 scoreless innings against the Yankees, a streak that dated to 2012.
Danny Barnes came on and walked Matt Holliday and gave up Castro’s two-run drive.
Reliever Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh and Ryan Tepera got two. Joe Smith pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 12th save.
“That’s a hard earned win for our guys,” Gibbons said. “They kept coming at us.”
After Donaldson’s second homer gave Toronto a 6-4 lead, Holliday cut it to one with an RBI double off Tepera in the seventh. Toronto’s Devon Travis replied with a sacrifice fly off Adam Warren in the bottom half.
Pineda allowed five runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings, snapping a career-best stretch of nine starts in which he’d allowed no more than three runs. The right-hander has surrendered 13 home runs in his 11 outings this season.
Pineda, who had won his three previous starts, lost for the first time since May 11 against Houston.
“His stuff wasn’t sharp, his location wasn’t good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
New York has lost seven times in Pineda’s past nine starts against Toronto, including five straight.
“This is a really good lineup, so you want to compete with your best stuff,” Pineda said. “Today, I didn’t have my best stuff.”
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the third, but came up empty when Holliday grounded into a double play.
“We missed some opportunities early,” Girardi said. “We’ve been pretty good with our opportunities, but tonight we missed some.”
New York finished 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
All nine Toronto starters had at least one hit by the end of the fifth. The last time all nine Blue Jays starters got at least one hit was last Sept. 20 against Seattle.
Pineda’s only strikeout came against the final batter he faced, Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile. For Pineda, it was his lowest strikeout total since fanning none in a start on June 22, 2015, against Philadelphia.
Before the game, Judge was named AL Rookie of the Month for the second straight month. “What he’s done his first two months has been as good as it gets,” Girardi said.
Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) took batting practice on the field but is unlikely to return against the Blue Jays, Girardi said.
Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck) was held out of the lineup. ... RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) is expected to play catch Sunday. It will be the first time he’s thrown since starting May 19 at Baltimore. ... Toronto optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Liriano.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-4, 4.11) lasted just 4 1/3 innings at Baltimore on May 29, the shortest of his nine big league starts. New York has gone 3-6 in Montgomery’s starts.
Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (1-3, 3.64) pitched a career-high six innings in his previous start, May 28 against Texas. He’s winless in three outings.
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