Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Josh Donaldson Celebrates Bobblehead Day with Game-Winning Homer against Yankees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Josh Donaldson Celebrates Bobblehead Day with Game-Winning Homer against Yankees

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Josh Donaldson homers on bobblehead day


TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays left for the West Coast feeling a lot better about themselves after securing a series split Sunday with the American League East-leading New York Yankees.

"I love the way we're playing right now, to be honest with you," Toronto manager John Gibbons said after a 3-2 comeback win over the visiting Yankees. "Pitching for the most part's been really really good. We're starting to hit home runs. We did that again today. They accounted for all three runs there. So that's a good sign."

Justin Smoak, with his 14th homer of the season, tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Then Josh Donaldson celebrated his bobblehead day with a solo blast off reliever Tyler Clippard to open the eighth.

Matt Holliday drove in runs for the Yankees in the fourth and sixth,

Toronto (28-29) wrapped up its 10-game homestand at 7-3. Next stop is Oakland followed by Seattle.

Sunday marked the 10th win in 13 outings for the Jays, who are slowly digging themselves out of a 2-11 hole to start the season.

"I think we needed it," Gibbons said of the victory. "I think it would have been a kick in the teeth had we not won that one. You lose three out of four at home, that's never good -- primarily because of where we're sitting right now. I think that was a huge huge win for us for the guys."

There were other reasons to celebrate.

It was another strong showing by starter Marcus Stroman, who came into the game on a five-game win streak.

The right-hander retired the first seven batters he faced until Chase Headley singled with one out in the third. He gave up two runs on five hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one in a 105-pitch outing.

Yankees starter Luis Severino was equally impressive, Smoak homer aside. He walked Kevin Pillar to open the game -- on pitches of 97.1, 96.0, 98.5, 98.8 and 97.7 m.p.h. -- and then dispatched the next eight batters he faced, with his fastball reaching 99.7 m.p.h..

He lasted seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Smoak matched his home run total of last season with his 14th of the year. …

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