Yankees hit 4 home runs in 8th inning, belt Blue Jays

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Josh Donaldson hit two home runs and Justin Smoak a one to lift the Jays to a 7-5 victory over the pesky visitors from the Bronx.

Travis was hit on his left hand by Severino in the seventh and left the game after the inning was over.

Despite the rumors of the Yankees grooming Gleyber Torres for the big leagues this season, a report came out recently that the Yankees are involved in the third base market.

The previous Major League Baseball pitcher to allow four home runs in one inning was Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka on September 21 a year ago at Tampa Bay.

"It just wasn't his night and that's rare", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We just mixed them all".

"I got him to ground out (Saturday) on a good one, located", Clippard said.

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Gardner started the barrage, leading off the inning by launching his 12th homer of the season over the right-field wall. Lead off batter Brett Gardner smacked a shot to the gap between left and centre and while left-fielder Ezequiel Carrera ran it down, the ball clunked off his glove. But that sequence still played an important part in setting the stage for Biagini's next matchup with Judge in the third. He also struck out five. Jose Bautista to third.

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck) was held out of the lineup for the third straight day but hopes to return Sunday. Donaldson is not short at all on his swing, he demonstrated it yesterday for the Blue Jays.

But New York (32-21) had set the tone much earlier, scoring two unearned runs after a rare Tulowitzki fielding error in the third.

The Yankees slugger walked to the plate with two out and a runner on second, after Aaron Hicks dropped a soft-hit flare into right, which carried a hit probability of nine per cent but still went for a double. And he didn't get that strikeout until the fifth inning, against the 27th and final batter he faced (Maile). Biagini, who threw a career-high 100 pitches, actually limited the hard-hitting Yankees to four hits over seven innings, a lot of them of the soft variety. Not a bad performance for a pitcher who had been away for 20 games. It was the 11th RBI in the past seven games for Hicks.

Donaldson homered off Michael Pineda (6-3) in the first, then made it 6-4 with a homer off Jonathan Holder in the sixth.

The four eighth-inning home runs the Yankees hit Saturday came against reliver Jason Grilli. But it did mean the Jays had to burn Danny Barnes in a completely meaningless 9th inning (though I don't really see why Howell didn't come back out, but alas). Tepera, however, then struck out Castro to end the inning.

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Prior to Thursday's start, Estrada had 2.36 ERA in all innings other than the first.

But the Bringer of Rain seemed to rain on his own parade. "I'm not going to change anything", Estrada said.

X-rays were negative. "I thought I broke sit", Travis said.

Donaldson hit his homers to left field off of NY starter Michael Pineda, a slider, and reliever Jonathan Holder, a curve ball.

Anderson (4-1), who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous start, allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Holliday followed with a long RBI double to center. Last season he slugged 24 home-runs for Toronto. 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. "(He's) starting to have continued success and not just here and there", Donaldson said. "Every day you're expecting something out of him and he's coming through".

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