TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Decide walked 4 occasions and stayed at 60 house runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League file, because the New York Yankees clinched the AL East title by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Tuesday evening.
The Yankees celebrated their first division championship since 2019 and twentieth general, tied for second-most with the Dodgers behind Atlanta’s 21, however not house run historical past. New York (95-59) secured a first-round bye and home-field benefit within the Division Collection.
“I’ll take 4 walks for a win each day,” mentioned Decide, who scored twice.
The Yankees marked the clinching with a loud and vigorous social gathering within the clubhouse.
“This can be a huge second,” Decide mentioned.
Decide lined out in his first at-bat after which drew 4 straight walks in his seventh straight sport and not using a house run. He has walked 11 occasions in 30 plate appearances since hitting homer No. 60 towards Pittsburgh final week.
All 5 of Decide’s plate appearances went to full counts — he noticed 33 pitches, 14 strikes. His longest drought and not using a house run this yr was 9 video games in mid-August.
The Yankees have eight video games left within the common season for Decide to tie or break the AL mark set by Maris in 1961.
Decide’s batting common stayed at .314 as he went 0 for 1. He started the day main in all three AL Triple Crown classes.
Regardless of the loss, Toronto (87-68) maintained its place atop the AL wild-card standings.
Gleyber Torres had three hits and drove in three runs to again Jameson Taillon (14-5).
Taillon pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings, permitting two runs and 5 hits. He’s 4-0 in 5 profession begins in Toronto.
Lou Trivino got here on with runners at first and second and obtained George Springer to floor into an inning-ending double play on his first pitch.
Trivino wrapped it up within the ninth for his first save with the Yankees, and his eleventh in 14 possibilities.
Kyle Higashioka had three hits and scored twice and Anthony Rizzo had two hits as New York received for the eighth time in 9 video games.
Many within the crowd of 40,528 booed when José Berríos (11-7) walked Decide within the third and fifth innings.
Rizzo’s RBI single within the third scored Higashioka and moved Decide to second. The New York slugger scored on successful by Torres.
Decide walked to start the fifth and went to 3rd on Rizzo’s bloop single earlier than Torres drove him in a second time.
With Harrison Bader held out of the beginning lineup, Decide moved over from proper subject to middle subject, and picked up one in every of two Yankee outfield assists within the sixth.
Bader got here on as a defensive alternative within the seventh, shifting Decide to proper.
Higashioka and Aaron Hicks chased Berríos with back-to-back doubles within the sixth, making it 4-1. Proper-hander Zach Pop got here on to face Decide and obtained forward 0-2 earlier than finally issuing an eight-pitch stroll, prompting extra boos.
Blue Jays right-hander David Phelps obtained forward of Decide 1-2 with back-to-back swings and misses within the eighth, however three of the subsequent 4 pitches had been balls.
Springer homered on Taillon’s second pitch of the sport, however the Yankees right-hander retired 15 of the subsequent 16 batters.
Springer’s house run was his twenty fourth of the season and the 52nd leadoff homer of his profession.
Taillon set down 10 straight following Whit Merrifield’s leadoff single within the third. Springer ended that streak with a one-out single within the sixth.
Bo Bichette adopted with a single to middle and beat the throw to second base, however was known as out after umpire Tripp Gibson dominated Bichette didn’t have his foot on the bottom whereas being tagged by shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. adopted with an RBI single however was thrown out at second base by left fielder Hicks, which means Toronto’s rally ended with three straight hits.
Berríos allowed 5 runs and 9 hits in 5 1/3 innings, shedding his second straight outing after a six-start unbeaten streak. His ERA rose to five.37.
Berríos reached 1,000 profession strikeouts when he caught Hicks seeking to finish the third.
60 MEETS 60
Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In April, Matthews grew to become the primary American-born participant in NHL historical past to attain 60 objectives in a season. Together with Maple Leafs teammates Michael Bunting and Mitch Marner, Matthews and Decide posed for a photograph outdoors the Yankees clubhouse earlier than the sport.
Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (proper toe irritation) might return as quickly as Wednesday after hitting and working the bases earlier than the sport. “The final couple of days have been encouraging for him,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “There’s an opportunity he could possibly be in play tomorrow. If not, I would push a bit extra until Friday.” New York is off Thursday earlier than wrapping up its house schedule towards Baltimore.
Yankees RHP Gerit Cole (12-7, 3.49 ERA) begins Wednesday’s sequence finale towards Blue Jays RHP Mitch White (1-6, 5.12 ERA). Cole is 5 strikeouts away from breaking Ron Guidry’s 1978 mark of 248, the Yankees’ single season file.
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