Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a grand slam in the sixth inning and Teoscar Hernandez had a three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the New York Yankees 10-9 on Sunday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. opened the game with a two-run homer, and George Springer’s solo shot helped Toronto (38-28) avoid a three-game win over New York.
Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi (2-3) gave up three runs on three hits and hit five of four innings of work without a decision. He walked two and hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.
Adam Cimber, Max Castillo on his Major League Baseball debut, Yimi Garcia, Tim Mayza and Jordan Romano were all relieved.
Former Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson homed in two runs for the Yankees (49-17), whose winning streak ended at nine straight.
Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Marwin Gonzalez and pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo added solo homers for New York.
Luis Severino (4-1) hit nine but gave up five runs over five innings. Helpers Miguel Castro and Wandy Peralta allowed another five before Ron Marinaccio swooped up.
Toronto trailed New York 8-7 going into the seventh inning.
Guerrero and Alejandro Kirk were already on base when Hernandez got on the plate.
He watched two substitutions from Peralta miss the strike zone and worked the count to 2-1.
The Yankees relief returned to the same field and Hernandez took advantage with a three-run shot just over the outfield wall for a 10-8 lead.
Rizzo pinch hitting for Higashioka in eighth put a Mayza bid in deep right field to cut Toronto’s lead.
Gonzalez got an infield single in the next At Bat, followed by a single from pinch-hitter Jose Trevino to threaten Toronto’s slim lead.
That brought the Blue Jays closer to Romano with five outs to go. He came out of the eighth with a flyball and a strikeout.
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Romano called Donaldson to start the ninth, giving Giancarlo Stanton a walk and then forcing Torres to fly to the middle.
Aaron Hicks hit right field, but Romano of Markham, Ontario made his 17th save of the season by initiating a Rizzo groundout.
Guerrero smashed the first pitch he saw in the first inning. He chased Severino’s 94.9-mph four-seam fastball into the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Bo Bichette also scored his 17th home run of the season.
Torres countered for the Yankees in the second inning. His 13th of the season came with full points, cutting Toronto’s lead to 2-1.
Donaldson, who won an American League MVP award with Toronto in 2015, was loudly booed by the 44,395 at Rogers Center with everyone at bat.
Those hoots were especially loud in the third inning when he rounded bases after hitting a two-run home run. Joey Gallo also scored his sixth of the season and gave New York the lead.
Aaron Judge pinned a run in the fifth inning. He hit a double from Cimber to take Gallo off second place.
Cimber knocked out the next two batsmen but then gave a hard double off the outfield wall to Torres, who scored DJ LeMahieu and Judge for a 6-2 Yankees lead.
Springer broke that lead by one at the end of the inning. With two outs, he took the first pitch he saw into deep left field.
Castillo had a rough introduction to big league pitching when he came on for the Blue Jays in the sixth inning.
Higashioka smashed a Castillo pitch 395 feet into the second deck at Rogers Center for his fourth home run of the season and first major league at bat for Castillo.
In the next shot, Castillo Gonzalez gave up a home run to allow the Yankees to build an 8-3 lead.
Guerrero led the sixth with a single to center field, which was the game’s first non-home run Toronto hit.
Although Guerrero was later tagged third by Donaldson by fielder’s choice, his single sparked a Blue Jays rally.
Kirk followed up Guerrero’s strike with a walk, followed by Teoscar Hernandez, who scored in outfield choice.
Santiago Espinal hit, but Matt Chapman pulled a walk to load bases and set up Gurriel’s Grand Slam.