J.A. Happ had his shortest start as a Yankee on Sunday afternoon, but he still set himself up for another win.
Happ lasted just 5.1 innings as his 103 pitch count forced manager Aaron Boone to go to the bullpen. But the veteran lefty got a large lead early and held it when he came out.
It wasn't the start Happ wanted, as Randal Grichuk belted a homer to left center field to get the Blue Jays on the board first. And though Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back singles, Happ got Teoscar Hernandez to strikeout to end the inning.
Luckily, Happ started the second inning with a five-run cushion after the Yankees' offense exploded for a six-run first. And he fell into a groove from there.
Happ started to cruise while facing some challenge with a few Jays on base. However, no runs would come across from innings 2-5.
That changed when the sixth began, though, as Morales sent a homer over the left center field wall. Happ would only be allowed two more batters after that before Jonathan Holder took his place.
Overall, Happ allowed the two runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one in what was another start that has the Yankees in line for a win.