NEW YORK (AP) — A rare two-run sacrifice fly. Plenty of pop and pitching. Plus, a three-game winning streak for the first time in what’s been a rugged season.
It all had Toronto manager John Gibbons feeling pretty frisky — so much so, he phoned into the team’s fan reaction radio show after the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-1 Monday night.
“First-time caller,” he said from his office, without giving his name. But he did ask the host: “Is it the same bozos every night?”
OK, maybe it wasn’t such a surprise. Smiling, Gibbons said the host inquired, “Is this John from the Bronx?”
Ryan Goins hit the first two-RBI sacrifice fly in the team’s 40-year history to go along with his two-run homer, backing a strong start from Marco Estrada.
A pair of runs scored when center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury caught Goins’ deep drive before running face-first into the padded wall. It was the first such play in the majors since Wil Myers knocked in two runs with a sac fly for Tampa Bay against the Yankees in 2014.
“Pretty cool,” Goins said. “I can put that in my back pocket.”
The crowd of 25,566 was the smallest for a Yankees home game since Sept. 20, 2004, against Toronto in a game moved to accommodate a makeup date. The current Yankee Stadium opened in 2009.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for his 34th career shot off the Yankees, moving past Evan Longoria for most among active players. Chris Coghlan also homered for Toronto.
“A lot of guys did a lot of good things,” Gibbons said.
Still missing injured stars Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays kept up their success against the Yankees, beating them for the 11th time in the last 16 meetings and outscoring them 82-44 in that span.
Estrada (1-1) pitched seven fine innings in his sixth start of the season. He gave up one run on seven hits without a walk, striking out five.
Royals 6, White Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer and Jorge Bonifacio each hit a two-run homer, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak with a victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Bonifacio homered with two outs in the fourth inning after Alex Gordon’s double. It was his second home run in eight games since being promoted from Triple-A Omaha.
Hosmer’s two-out shot in the seventh with Christian Colon aboard finished the night for White Sox rookie starter Dylan Covey (0-2).
Salvador Perez’s single in the fifth struck third base and scored Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas with two outs.
Jason Vargas (4-1) allowed one run over six innings to pick up the win. Vargas has a 1.42 ERA in five starts.
Astros 6, Rangers 2
HOUSTON — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each hit RBI doubles in a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Texas Rangers in a game that included a benches-clearing tussle.
Chris Devenski (2-1) struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Andrew Cashner (0-3) had already plunked both Altuve and Gurriel when Lance McCullers Jr. threw behind Mike Napoli with two outs in the sixth. He took a couple of steps toward McCullers while yelling at him and McCullers did the same. Astros catcher Brian McCann quickly got in Napoli’s face and, after a few seconds, players from both benches began spilling onto the field. Players from both teams did some pushing and shoving, and Springer held back McCullers as he continued to bark at Napoli.
Order was restored after a couple of minutes and both teams received warnings, but no one was ejected before play resumed and McCullers struck out Napoli.
Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
BOSTON — Manny Machado slugged a long homer out of Fenway Park, drove in two runs and made three solid plays at third base in his first game against Boston since a dustup with the Red Sox just over a week ago, carrying the Baltimore Orioles to victory.
In the teams’ last meeting at Camden Yards, reliever Matt Barnes sent a pitch that whizzed behind Machado’s head and hit the slugger’s bat.
Barnes was suspended four games and fined. Machado had irked the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s left leg two days earlier.
Dylan Bundy (4-1) took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Brad Brach got three outs for his fifth save.
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello (1-4) dropped his fourth consecutive start to match his total losses last season.
Tigers 7, Indians 1
DETROIT — Tyler Collins hit a three-run homer and Daniel Norris gave up one run in six innings to help Detroit beat Cleveland.
Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez hit RBI doubles on consecutive pitches in the first. Collins went deep in the second for a 5-0 lead, and Alex Avila added a two-run single in the fifth.
Norris (2-2) allowed five hits, including Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single, and struck out a season-high eight.
Trevor Bauer (2-3) gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks in four-plus innings.
Mets 7, Braves 5
ATLANTA — Michael Conforto homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets scored five times in the fourth inning off Julio Teheran before holding out to beat the Atlanta Braves.
On the day the Mets placed ace Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day DL with a partial tear of his right lat muscle, Robert Gsellman (1-2) almost blew an early 6-1 lead. Gsellman allowed five runs in five-plus innings. Five Mets relievers combined for four scoreless innings. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his second save.
Conforto led off the game with his seventh homer and added a two-run single in New York’s five-run fourth off Teheran (2-2). With New York’s lead down to 6-5, Jose Reyes added a homer off Ian Krol in the eighth.
Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte hit his fifth homer to lead off the first.
Brewers 7, Cardinals 5, 10 innings
ST. LOUIS — Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar each hit a tape-measure home run, and Milwaukee beat St. Louis in 10 innings.
Shaw’s three-run shot off Seung Hwan Oh (0-2) traveled an estimated 451 feet and broke a 4-all tie with two outs in the top of the 10th. Villar’s two-run drive in the third soared 450 feet and gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
Jedd Gyorko hit two late homers for the Cardinals and finished with four hits. Aledmys Diaz and Matt Carpenter connected back-to-back in the fifth.
Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and Neftali Feliz earned his seventh save.
Reds 4, Pirates 3, 10 innings
CINCINNATI — Billy Hamilton hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to lift Cincinnati over Pittsburgh.
Tucker Barnhart walked with one out in the 10th. Arismendy Alcantara pinch-ran for him and went to second on Daniel Hudson’s (0-1) errant pickoff attempt.
After a groundout, Hamilton lined a double to right, giving the Reds consecutive wins for the first time since completing a four-game winning streak on April 12.
Michael Lorenzen (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Adam Duvall had a three-run home run for the Reds.
Josh Harrison homered twice and Andrew McCutchen also went deep for Pittsburgh.
Rays 4, Marlins 2
MIAMI — Jake Odorizzi returned from the disabled list to combine with four relievers on a four-hitter in Tampa Bay’s victory over Miami.
Odorizzi made his first start since April 15 and allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, in five innings. He was activated before the game after recovering from a strained left hamstring.
Danny Farquhar (1-1) pitched a perfect sixth. Chris Whitley retired Christian Yelich with two on to end the eighth, and Alex Colome earned his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Rays’ Corey Dickerson made a leaping grab before crashing into the left-field wall to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of an extra-base hit in the fifth, and a sliding catch of Giancarlo Stanton’s sinking liner leading off the ninth.
Tim Beckham had a two-run double for the Rays, who improved to 4-10 on the road.
They totaled only five hits, but Marlins pitchers issued eight walks.
Marcell Ozuna homered for the Marlins, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
The score was 3-all when Derek Norris started the seventh with a double off Brad Ziegler (1-1) and later came home from third when Kevin Kiermaier broke up a potential inning-ending double play by sliding hard into second base.