TORONTO — There was no chest-thumping as the Yankees arrived at Rogers Center on Monday, carrying the Majors’ longest winning streak in their back pockets. The Blue Jays present too much of a challenge, a battle for the top spot in the American League East that figures to continue all summer long.
But perhaps they should strut a little now. This latest round went to the visitors: Gleyber Torres singled home Tim Locastro with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, helping the Yankees celebrate their 10th consecutive victory with a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Torres picked up his third RBI of the night with a go-ahead knock off Yimi Garcia. Torres hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, the infielder’s third long ball of the year — the Yanks’ only dent against Ross Stripling, who navigated two turns through the Bombers’ order over four innings, then turned the game over to the bullpen.
Though run support has once again been in short supply for Jordan Montgomery, the left-hander settled for his fourth no-decision of the year. Bo Bichette and Matt Chapman stroked run-scoring hits in the fourth inning off Montgomery, who worked five-plus innings, scattering six hits. Montgomery walked none and struck out five, tossing only 65 pitches.
Giancarlo Stanton made a tremendous leaping catch against the right-field wall in the second inning, robbing Chapman of an extra-base hit.
The Yankees have won 17 of 23 games for the eighth time in franchise history; the club has won the World Series in five of those previous seven occasions (1928, ’32, ’39, ’58 and ’98).