Paxton wins 9th straight start as Yankees rout Jays 13-3

TORONTO (AP) — James Paxton pitched five innings to win his ninth straight start, Brett Gardner homered twice and drove in five runs and the New York Yankees hit five homers in a 13-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit also homered for the Yankees, going back-to-back off right-hander Brock Stewart in the fifth, as the AL East leaders won for the 14th time in 19 games.

Torres connected one inning after slipping while trying to make a throw to first and appearing to hurt his right leg or knee. Torres was checked on the field and stayed in to hit his 37th homer before being replaced by Tyler Wade in the sixth.

DJ LeMahieu had four hits for New York, his AL-leading 58th multi-hit game of the season. The Yankees had 19 hits, matching their season high for a nine-inning game.

New York failed to homer Friday, snapping a nine-game streak.The Yankees have 20 homers over their past seven games, and have hit multiple home runs in 14 of their past 19. They have an MLB-best 285 home runs this season, which is also a big league record for homers by any team in a year. Minnesota is second with 280.

Mike Ford hit the fifth and final home run Saturday, a two-run blast off Justin Shafer in New York's four-run ninth.

Paxton (14-6) allowed one run on three hits, becoming the first Yankees pitcher since Mike Mussina to win nine consecutive starts. The left-hander's 14 wins are also a career best.

Mussina won his final two starts of the 2002 season, then seven straight to begin 2003. The last Yankees pitcher to win nine straight starts in the same season was Ron Guidry, who won 11 in a row in 1979.

Gardner homered off right-hander Jacob Waguespack to begin the fourth, then added a three-run blast off Stewart in the fifth. He has 25 homers, extending his career high. It was the ninth multi-homer game of Gardner's career and his second this season. He also hit two at Detroit Tuesday.

Gardner has 20 career home runs against Toronto, more than any other opponent.

The veteran outfielder also made a great play in center, leaping into the scoreboard to catch a drive by Toronto's Danny Jansen in the fifth. According to Statcast, Gardner ran 126 feet to make the play.

Waguespack (4-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA in his past four starts.


Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances (lat) will fly to Toronto Saturday and is expected to be activated off the injured list Sunday, manager Aaron Boone said. Betances made his third rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton Friday, allowing one run and two hits in one inning. He has not pitched for the Yankees this season. ... SS Didi Gregorius got the day off. Gregorius played both games of Thursday's doubleheader and played all 12 innings Friday.

Blue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza has a torn ligament in his left elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Mayza came on in the 10th inning Friday and went down in pain after a wild ball four to the first batter he faced. Mayza has pitched in a team-high 68 games. He's expected to miss the 2020 season. ... RHP Jordan Romano left in the eighth after he was struck by Gardner's liner and injured his right ankle as he fell. Romano had to be helped off the field. ... OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup as the designated hitter after missing 30 games because of a strained left quadriceps. Gurriel doubled in his first at-bat and was hit by a pitch the second time up. He finished 2 for 3. ... C Luke Maile (left oblique) was activated off the 10-day injured list.


Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery will return from elbow surgery last year to start Sunday's series finale. Montgomery has not pitched in the majors since May 1, 2018.

Blue Jays: RHP T.J. Zeuch (0-0, 5.40 ERA) makes his third career appearance Sunday. After pitching in relief in his debut, Zeuch started against Boston on Tuesday, allowing three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.


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