NEW YORK Grandstanding.
On Thursday night, the Blue Jays beat Yankee Stadium 3-0 in a seven-game season-opening home run.
The four-game series has been split between the clubs, who are expected to participate in a four-way battle atop the American League East. The victory also allowed the Yankees to gain ground in the division as they travel to Baltimore for a three-game set starting Friday.
The Yankees dominated the Bronx with a 4-3 win.
The manager club's victory was evident in a vintage Luis Severino start. The right-hander threw five scoreless innings for the first time since September 22, 2019.
When closer imploded on the spot in the ninth inning, almost everything fell apart.
He walked all three batters he faced: Cavan Biggio on five pitches, Santiago Espinal on six pitches, and Matt Chapman on five pitches.
Boone didn't mess around, immediately yanking him for right-hander Mike King, who worked magic. First, he struck out the dangerous George Springer looking. He then hit a soft liner towards the hole on the right side. DJ LeMahieu advanced to the top of the game, defeating a sliding Matt Chapman by a step for the final out.
The Yankees immediately flew out of the dugout to celebrate, as if it were a walk-off strike.
Severino struck out six hits, walked two hits and gave up two hits. When he slid into the sixth inning, Guerrero struck out swinging to end the fifth inning. In a Yankees defeat the night before
Isiah Kiner-Falefa was the unlikely offensive hero, generating three hits and scoring twice. The shortstop had been struggling, entering the game with only one hit in his first 17 at-bats (.059) this season, with Jose Trevino, who starts in front of Kyle Higashioka, twice drove in Kiner-Falefa.
Five of the Yankees' seven games this season have been decided by two runs or less. They'll get their first off day Monday.
Josh Donaldson's 0-for-4 slammed batting average to.185 to start the season. Anthony Rizzo, after a hot start, went hitless in four at-bats. Joey Gallo was 0-for-3 and struck out twice.
Severino threw 83 pitches and navigated early problems before switching to dominance. He let two runners on in the first and worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second that wasn't completely his doing.
The first innings of Alejandro Kirk and Biggio ended the tie, but Bradley Zimmer had one out, tapped one to the second base. LeMahieu made the charging stop and throw, but Anthony Rizzo completed the ball, filling the bags. But Severino got Springer to fly out and Bichette to finish the game to the third.
In the third, he scored a one-out single to left, then climbed to second on Gausman's spur. Umpires had decided that Gausman did not stop in his delivery and granted Kiner-Falefa the free base. He scored when Trevino kicked a liner to the low left, sending the ball caroming toward the center field. Kiner-Falefa made a quick comeback for the Yankees' 1-0 victory.
Kiner-Falefa's two-out liner left the net for the double, scoring as Trevino dunked a single into the middle of the fifth.
The Yankees won a third run when doubled to lead off the eighth, but Giancarlo Stanton's one-out, soft grounder to shortstop allowed Judge to score without a throw.
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