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Springer, Guerrero lead Jays to 9-2 rout of Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — George Springer went 5-for-5, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning against Frankie Montas, and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Toronto Yankees. New York 9-2 Thursday night.

José Berríos (9-5) bounced back from a pair of tough outings to throw 6 2/3 effective innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits, struck out nine and walked one.

Playing the designated hitter for the sixth straight game, leadoff Springer hit a double and four singles, including an RBI hit past the Guerrero homer. It was the fourth five-hit game of his career.

After Josh Donaldson’s grand slam that gave the Yankees an 8-7 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, New York lost for the 13th time in 17 games.

Alejandro Kirk had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly for the Blue Jays, who moved within nine games of the AL East-leading Yankees. Toronto is also in position for a wild card.

Teoscar Hernández added a two-point brace in the seventh against Albert Abreu.

New York scored its runs without hitting the ball beyond the infield.

DJ LeMahieu hit a field single that scored Jose Trevino from second when Berríos popped the ball and threw past Guerrero early on. Estevan Florial scored the second point on a groundout by Aaron Judge.

Montas (4-10) allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings as his wife and other family members attended his home debut. He matched a season high allowing six runs for the second time in three starts since acquiring Oakland.

After Toronto took a 2-0 lead on Springer’s two-hit single, Guerrero followed up by lifting a 1-0 fastball into the front row of right field seats for a 5-0 advantage.

Guerrero’s 362-foot drive was his fifth homer this year against the Yankees. Of his 13 career home runs against the Yankees, 10 have been in the Bronx.

Kirk’s brace gave Toronto a 6-2 lead in the fifth and he hit a flyball to the warning lane after a pitching error from Donaldson loaded the bases in the seventh.

Anthony Bass called Berríos and stoked Judge with two. Yusei Kikuchi fell short twice in the eighth in his first career relief appearance and Jordan Romano finished.


Blue Jays: Springer, who missed eight games with an inflamed right elbow and last appeared in the outfield on July 28, threw 120 feet. … LHP Tim Mayza (dislocated right shoulder) threw a mound in Toronto and could be a week or two away from starting a rehab assignment.

Yankees: OF/DH. Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles tendon) trained before the game and could start a rehabilitation mission on Friday. … LHP Zack Britton (left elbow) kicked off a bullpen earlier this week and will kick off another on Saturday at the team’s spring training complex in Florida. … RHP Miguel Castro (outstretched right shoulder) threw to the field and is about a week away from throwing a mound.


On Friday, Toronto RHP Kevin Gausman (8-9, 3.16) will face New York RHP Jameson Taillon (11-3, 3.95).


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