Pineda, who had won his three previous starts, lost for the first time since May 11 against Houston.
After having pitched a quick top of the first inning, it was nearly immediate that the home bats came to life as Josh Donaldson got the party started with a solo home run to left field off opposing pitcher Michael Pineda to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 advantage, This would not be all as Justin Smoak stepped up just moments following a walk of veteran Kendrys Morales and gave the 1-0 offering to right field, driving in two more for Toronto, putting a three up on the board before Troy Tuolowitzki grounded out to close out the first. And in his Bobblehead Day while with the Oakland A's in 2014, Donaldson hit a double and walked.
It was yet another Judge moment that caused heads to shake in his dugout, nearly a daily occurrence.
Justin Smoak, one of the Blue Jays top offensive producers this season, drove in three runs and Francisco Liriano pitched into the sixth in his return from the DL as Toronto held off a tough NY lineup.
Blue Jays third. Jose Bautista walks.
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A Mets 4, Pirates 2: Neil Walker hit a two-run homer, and host NY also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores to stop a three-game slide. Toronto starter Francisco Liriano (3-2) returned from the disabled list to pitch five-plus innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Aaron Judge had already demonstrated the extent of his power in an earlier batting-practice session at Rogers Centre, but he was back at it again prior to the Yankees' 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night.
None of this is to say the Blue Jays are better off with Maile behind the dish. He scored when Holliday was safe at first after his grounder to shortstop forced Sanchez at second.
"I think we needed it", Gibbons said of the victory. Gardner led it off with a home run and then with two outs, Holliday, Castro and Gregorius connected in succession. It followed a single by Kendrys Morales. That has not changed for the Blue Jays almost a year later, it still is. "A lot of times when you're trying to be too careful that's when you end up making mistakes". A few pitches later, Gregorius hit one out to right to tack on the extra point. Didi Gregorius grounded to second to start a double play, however, and Chase Headley flied out to right. Devon Travis singles to shallow right field. Aaron Judge smacked a slicing line-drive double to centre that Kevin Pillar got his glove on, but couldn't pull in, scoring Hicks. The only two regulars who remain shelved are pitcher Aaron Sanchez and Steve Pearce with reports that Sanchez is going to start throwing this week as he recovers from blister issues on his throwing hand. "I got him to ground out (Saturday) on a good one, located".
"I used I have it kind of dating back to maybe (2012) or (2013),"he said".
"It's awesome", marvelled Donaldson of Smoak's dinger production, now at 14, matching his HR output from all of 2016. "I can't remember the last time we've seen an outing like that". At the same time, it was an important series, obviously they're a very good team and we're playing better baseball as of late.