Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees 5-3

Kevin Pillar’s straight steal of home the Jays’ first in more than a decade delivered the insurance run in their first win of the season on Saturday against the Yankees
Kevin Pillar steals second, third and home (standing up!) in two minutes, becomes first Blue Jay ever with a three-steal inning

03 April, 2018

Tyler Austin hit two homers and drove in all three runs for the Yankees (2-1).

The Yankees split their first series of the season, winning two games and losing two at Toronto.

Donaldson walked in the seventh inning before Smoak hit his first homer of the season on a 1-0 pitch from Tommy Kahnle.

Drury connected off right-hander Marcus Stroman, who allowed four runs and three hits in five innings.

New manager Aaron Boone said he will stick with Betances, who has allowed runs in both appearances this season after struggling last September.

"I was ready to go", Stanton said on the Yankees' website. One out later, NY chose to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson to load the bases for Smoak, who worked the count full before his shot to center field.

With the count full, Smoak fouled off a couple of curveballs before launching a 92-mph fastball to center for his seventh hit of the series.

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The thrilling move paid off as the Blue Jays topped NY 5-3 for their first win of the season.

All four NY hits were for extra bases. The two-run shot was just the second hit allowed by Estrada and first since a first-inning double from Giancarlo Stanton.

"It was a grind for Sonny today", Boone said.

Then a bullpen most consider to be the best in baseball gave it up. It was a great throw. Boone was believed to have one good option after another to summon from his pen to make any decision look ingenious. Robertson did not feel he could go back to the pitch a fifth straight time and, instead, tried to sneak a 93-mph fastball by the switch hitter.

Boone said McKinney's recovery time would be "at least a few weeks". Boone said he isn't certain OF Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) will be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible Thursday.

Toronto will close out its seven-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox starting Monday night. RHP Miguel Gonzalez goes for Chicago.

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