Happ, bullpen stifle Yankees as Jays celebrate July 4th with win
Morales's 2-run single provides enough runs to snap 5-game losing streak
CC Sabathia was chased during a four-run third inning in his return from the disabled list, with Kendrys Morales hitting a two-run single that helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Tuesday and stop a five-game losing streak.
Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-centre field wall with his major league-leading 28th home run, a drive that would have traveled 456 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to MLB's Statcast.
The liner rose only 59 feet above the field and was the fourth-hardest-hit homer of the season at 118.4 mph. Judge has the hardest at 121.1 mph and all of the top four.
That was the only run off J.A. Happ (3-5), who allowed four hits in six innings. A 20-game winner last year, Happ has won three of his last four decisions after losing his first four.
"He was tremendous today," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He battled, got some strikeouts, really gave us what we needed."
A 20-game winner last year, Happ has won three of his last four decisions after losing his first four. He walked two and struck out six , including Judge on a foul tip with two on to end the fifth.
"That was a big out with the way Judge has been swinging the bat and how he's seeing the ball," Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said. "He got to 3-2 and Happ just kind of threw a little extra cheese on that one."
Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth to convert his 19th consecutive save chance and 20th overall this season, completing a four-hitter and the Blue Jays' third win in 12 games.
Judge, who needs one home run to tie Joe DiMaggio's Yankees rookie record, set in 1939, struck out in his other three at-bats, stranding a pair of runners in the fifth.
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New York had been 10-3 in starts by Sabathia, who was 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in six outings before getting hurt. He lacked control in his return, throwing just 35 of 63 pitches for strikes, and allowed three hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.
"I was just a little too hyped up," Sabathia said. "Overthrowing a little bit."
Sabathia retired his first eight batters before walking Darwin Barney, who took second on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Bautista's single. Martin singled, consecutive walks to Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak on full-count sliders forced in a run, and Morales' single finished Sabathia.