Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yankees Go Deep with Four Solo Home Runs in 7-0 Win over Blue Jays

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yankees Go Deep with Four Solo Home Runs in 7-0 Win over Blue Jays

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Yankees hit four solo homers in win over Jays

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TORONTO - Jason Grilli got his name in the Blue Jays record books on Saturday. It wasn't the type of benchmark he wanted, though.

Grilli came on in the eighth inning and gave up solo homers to Brett Gardner, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius en route to a 7-0 loss to the New York Yankees, becoming the first Toronto reliever in the team's 40-year history to surrender four home runs in a single inning.

With few rested options in the bullpen, manager John Gibbons tried to keep the 15-year veteran in the inning as long as he could before finally pulling him after the fourth homer, replacing him with J.P. Howell with two out.

"That's never easy for a manager to sit there (and watch) because you know what's inside the guy, you know what the guy's made of -- he's team all the way," Gibbons said of Grilli, who did not talk to the media after the game.

"Normal circumstances where there's a few guys who can pitch he probably doesn't stay in there that long. Everybody feels for that. Grilli's had some great moments here, some big moments for us, and he's been pitching pretty good lately.

"It's just one of those days, the ball was flying and they got some pretty good swings on them."

The four-run inning marred a solid start from Joe Biagini (1-4), the hard-luck loser who gave up three runs, only one of them earned, on four hits for the Blue Jays (27-29).

The 27-year-old right-hander, in his sixth start in place of injured pitchers in Toronto's rotation, threw 100 pitches over seven innings, both career highs.

"I think that at this point in my career, and starting experience, my goal is to try to keep the team in the game, give us a chance to win and be as efficient as possible with my pitches and I tried my best to do that," Biagini said.

"I just need to make my goal to learn as much as I can from each opportunity to pitch. I don't know how many more opportunities I'll have to start but there are things that will translate over into the bullpen for me as well. …

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