Berríos takes a beating as the Blue Jays suffer their first sweep of the season at the hands of the Yankees

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Gleyber Torres sent a fastball through the air, started jogging toward first base, and raised his right arm just as a kid in the front row of the short right-field porch caught the ball on the fly.

Torres followed up his go-ahead, three-run homer with a two-run single to lead the New York Yankees over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Wednesday for their 15th win in 17 games.

“My swing is getting better and better,” Torres said. “I think the confidence is back, and that’s the most important thing for me.”

An heralded phenom who is only 25 years old, Torres came to the Yankees in 2018 and became an All-Star in each of his first two seasons, hitting 62 home runs. He but he slumped over the next two seasons, hitting a total of just 12 long balls.

“I had too many opportunities to do things for my team and I failed. I failed,” Torres said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone benched Torres for six of the first 25 games this season, including opening day, when Torres’ sacrifice fly tied it in the 10th inning and helped the Yankees win. to Boston.

Torres had a game-ending single against Cleveland on April 23, a walk-off home run in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against Texas and drove in all runs in the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Torres’ fourth-inning homer off José Berríos in a 0-2 fastball ended an 11-0 stretch and gave New York a 3-1 lead. After Toronto closed out, Torres singled in the sixth against Trevor Richards.

Torres has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games and four home runs in his last 11. Overall, he is hitting .222 with 18 RBIs and five home runs, four to the opposite field.

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“I think it’s a little bit mechanical. I think it’s a little bit of maturity, I think it’s a little bit of work and routine,” said Boone, who cited Torres for better hip and lower body alignment this season. “He had to fight for some playing time here earlier in the year, and he responded to that the way you’d expect.”

New York finished with a two-game sweep to win its seventh straight series and improved to a 22-8 major league record, its best 30-game start since 2003. The Yankees are 13-0 when scoring five runs. or more.

“We’ve won in a lot of different ways,” Boone said. “He’s been throwing a few days, maybe a baserunning play. We’ve had our handful of games where we’ve scored a bunch of runs and we’ve had a couple of blowout games. And we’ve come undone and found ways late. That built a lot of confidence in that room, that we know we don’t have to lean on one thing on any given night.”

Toronto falls for the fourth time in a row

Toronto has lost a season-high four straight and seven of nine overall, falling to 3-6 against New York.

On a sloppy day for the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette failed to advance to third on a missed pitch after his double in the fifth inning. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. then struck out, hitting his bat on the ground and breaking wood over his left knee.

After Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa missed a two-out grounder by Santiago Espinal in the sixth for the first of his two errors, Alejandro Kirk tripped off second base and was tagged by Torres after initially overtaking the launch.

There seemed to be no remnant from the Yankees’ 6-5 victory the night before, a game that turned testy and saw three Blue Jays ejected. Guerrero was hit by a pitch to the left elbow pad in the first inning, a thud that posed no problem.

Jameson Taillon (3-1) allowed Toronto’s first three batters to come through and fell behind when Teoscar Hernandez grounded out for a force out, then calmed down and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

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Berrios (2-2) allowed five runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.82.

Toronto got sacrifice flies from Matt Chapman in the seventh off Michael King and George Springer in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman. Bichette hit a long drive just before striking out as he swung under a 100 mph pitch, and Guerrero hit a game-ending popout as Aroldis Chapman went perfect on eight save opportunities.

“It’s early,” DJ LeMahieu said after scoring twice, “but I’m really excited about where we are.”


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