Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Galvis Hits Two-Run Shot, Blue Jays Edge Yankees to Halt Six-Game Slide

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Galvis Hits Two-Run Shot, Blue Jays Edge Yankees to Halt Six-Game Slide

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Galvis homer halts Blue Jays losing streak


TORONTO - Clayton Richard had a lot more fun in his third start as a Blue Jay than he did in his other two.

The final scoreline had everything to do with it.

Richard didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, but Toronto's offence ignited behind a pair of homers in the fifth inning to beat the New York Yankees 4-3.

"We won," the veteran left-hander said with a smile when asked what he liked about his outing. "It's a lot better when we win. It's a lot more fun. We can listen to music (in the clubhouse afterwards) and have a good time together."

Richard allowed two runs and four hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings, throwing a season-high 87 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The 35-year-old, acquired by Toronto in the off-season, missed the first eight weeks of the season with a knee injury.

"I had a week off so plenty of time to recover from the last (start) and get prepared for this one," Richard said. "Physically I feel great and I'm ready to keep on going."

Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer and Randal Grichuk also went deep as part of a four-run fifth inning for the Blue Jays (22-38), who snapped a six-game slide. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a run-scoring single and Eric Sogard was 3 for 4 with a double.

Reliever Daniel Hudson (4-2) earned the win while Ken Giles earned a four-out save.

Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the Yankees (38-21) in the first meeting between the division rivals this season. Masahiro Tanaka (3-5) allowed four runs and six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Tanaka had allowed just one hit and a walk before Toronto's explosive fifth inning.

"I think we stuck to our plan," Galvis said. "We (saw) good pitches and let him make some mistakes and made him pay. I think when a pitcher like that, a good pitcher, makes mistakes you have to make him pay because if not he's going to beat you with the next pitch. …

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