Justin Smoak hit two home runs in two innings and had six RBIs to help the Blue Jays rally and defeat the Yankees, 7-4, in the series finale on Sunday. << Box score
The Blue Jays struck first when Devon Travis hit an RBI single in the second inning to drive in Kevin Pillar, but the Yankees' offense came alive in the third when Didi Gregorius put the Yankees on the board with an RBI double to plate Giancarlo Stanton.
Neil Walker then drove in Gregorius with an RBI single before Brandon Drury hit a two-run homer to give the Yankees a 4-1 edge. Toronto threatened a comeback in the seventh when Justin Smoak hit a line drive two-run homer off Tommy Kanhle to trim New York's lead to 4-3.
Just one inning later, Smoak blasted a grand slam -- his second homer in as many innings -- to put the Blue Jays in front for good, 7-4.
Sonny Gray limited the Blue Jays to one run on seven hits in four innings of work in his first start of the season. He walked three batters and struck out eight while throwing 89 pitches on the day.
You're gonna wanna turn your sound on for this one. pic.twitter.com/WdNRQztrvT- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 1, 2018
The Yankees are viewed to have among the best bullpens in the game. The relief crew got off to a great start today as Chad Green picked up Sonny Gray's slack by tossing two strong innings with four strikeouts.
Then the Yankees went to today's finishing formula, which unfortunately for New York, was no better than yesterday's. Tommy Kahnle, who surprised last season, was touched up for a homer allowing the Jays to get within one run.
Robertson -- lover of the tightrope -- was not sharp today and he was unable to wiggle out of the jamb he created. One can argue Yankees' manager Aaron Boone's decision to walk Josh Donaldson to load the bases to get to Smoak was rather intriguing considering the latter's strong season to date and an earlier home run in the game. That allows the pitcher no margin for error and eventually Robertson fell victim to it.
That's a rough loss for a team that was six outs away from leaving Toronto with a 3-1 record and instead will open in New York at 2-2.
What's Next: The Yankees will host the Rays in their home hopener on Monday at 1:05 p.m.