Guerrero Jr. draws praise with lengthy battle against Yankees closer

Mark Shapiro

The Yankees called on closer Aroldis Chapman to shut the door, setting up a power-vs-power showdown as one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the game faced a blossoming hitting talent.

METS 7, NATIONALS 6: Todd Frazier clobbered a tying, three-run homer and Michael Conforto then lined a game-ending single as NY stormed back in the ninth inning at home.

"I think it was a good pitch", Sanchez said through a translator.

After he was tossed, Gardner had to be restrained by Yankees manager Aaron Boone as he made his way to umpire Chris Segal.

The Blue Jays (49-71) have a chance to win a four-game series against the Yankees (76-41) on Sunday, as they continue to play solid baseball since the beginning of June (18-18, +22 run differential).

NY third baseman Gio Urshela bobbled Bichette's chopper to third to begin the game but the Blue Jays rookie shortstop was credited with a base hit, snapping an 0-for-8 stretch.

Prior to first pitch, the 32-year-old was chatting it up with Jays players Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.

"I've never seen somebody hit a double-play ball and get a standing ovation", Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Green, who helped bring T.O. its first major North American sports title since 1993, likely had some interesting pieces of advice for the pair of talented Blue Jays newcomers.

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Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (9-7) allowed six runs, four hits and thee walks while striking out four in five innings against one of his former teams. He swiftly went ahead on Guerrero with two swinging strikes on four-seam fastballs. Waguespack is 2-0 in his past two starts, allowing one run over 12 innings. "It was special to get it against the Yankees and here in Toronto". Fellow righty Jason Adam was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

On the next at-bat, Mike Tauchman hit a solo homer to cut Toronto's lead to 3-1.

CINCINNATI - Trevor Bauer fanned 11 batters in his Reds home debut, and Aristides Aquino homered again as Yasiel Puig's replacement.

Toronto will send right-hander Neil Ramirez to the hill at the Rogers Centre for the series opener on Monday. Six Yankees pitchers combined to walk eight and strike out 14.

Yankees: INF Gleyber Torres (core injury) could return over the weekend, Boone said.

Whether it's their in-game performances or the way they interact in the clubhouse or the dugout, you can certainly sense not only the camaraderie but the competitive spirit as the three dynamic rookies push each other to be great. "Going into the game, I already knew I didn't have Giles". NY put LHP Stephen Tarpley (left elbow impingement) on the 10-day injured list. RHP John Axford had season-ending elbow surgery Thursday.

Guerrero lined a single off the left field wall in the fifth. Guerrero leads all players with eight batted balls of 115 miles per hour or greater.

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton (4-7, 5.55) has no record and a 9.72 ERA in two games against the Yankees this season.

- Though he had to work for it, it was a decent outing for Toronto starter Sean Reid-Foley, thanks in part to the defensive work of Bichette.

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