TORONTO — At this level, it looks like Aaron Choose might hit a house run at Rogers Centre together with his eyes closed.
A four-game set that started with allegations that Choose was peeking at his first-base coach to get some assist earlier than hitting his second residence run on Monday ended with the Yankees’ captain delivering one other towering blast to assist win the sequence.
Choose’s fourth residence run of the sequence, a two-run shot within the first inning, staked the Yankees out to an early lead earlier than they held on for pricey life with a brief bullpen to flee with a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Aaron Hicks’ RBI single within the prime of the seventh inning on the time prolonged the Yankees’ result in 3-1, and it in the end proved to be the profitable run on an evening when most of Aaron Boone’s high-leverage relievers had been unavailable.
As a substitute, after Nestor Cortes ran out of gasoline following a leadoff stroll within the backside of the seventh, Boone and the Yankees bullpen carried out a high-wire act over the ultimate three innings with the unlikely trio of Ryan Weber, Albert Abreu and Ron Marinaccio.
After taking three of 4 towards the Blue Jays (25-19), the Yankees (26-20) have now received eight of their final 11 video games.
Weber relieved Cortes and loaded the bases with no outs, however restricted the harm to only a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to get out of the jam with the Yankees clinging on to a 3-2 lead.
Abreu got here on for the eighth and retired the center of the Blue Jays’ order on 16 pitches.
And after Anthony Volpe added a solo residence run within the prime of the ninth for a much-needed insurance coverage run, Marinaccio pitched the ninth and locked it down for his first profession save.
In fact, the sequence didn’t finish with out some extra banter between the 2 dugouts.
Within the fifth inning, TV cameras captured Boone shouting at Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker, who two nights earlier had been yelling at Yankees third-base coach Luis Rojas for not standing throughout the coaches’ field.
Boone appeared to shout, “You’re f–king loopy — loopy. Sit the f–okay down, Pete.” It was unclear what set off the newest change between the 2 teaching staffs.