Happ handcuffs Yankees, ends Blue Jays' skid

July 4th, 2017

NEW YORK -- J.A. Happ worked through the Yankees' injury-depleted lineup with ease, and the Blue Jays took advantage of a two-out walk from in the third, as Toronto ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Happ (3-5, 3.47 ERA) tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks, while striking out six in his fifth straight quality start.
His lone blemish came when scorched a home run in the fourth inning, which left a dent in a left-center field gate. It traveled 456 feet and had an exit velocity of 118.4 mph, according to Statcast™, which made it the fourth-hardest-hit homer in the Majors this year -- all by Judge.
• Judge leaves dent in Yankee Stadium
"We're in a position to kind of break out a little bit," Happ said when asked about snapping his club's recent skid. "We just want to keep ourselves in those kind of positions, where the right things happen, keep playing good baseball and it will go our way. It certainly feels good. Now we have to go get this one tomorrow, get this series and get back home."
Two of the four hits the Yankees had against Happ came on infield dribblers, one from and the other from . The lefty allowed a bloop single from as well.
The Yankees have three starters -- All-Star , and -- on the disabled list, and their absence was felt at the plate.

"It's tough. We started off hot and everyone was healthy," Judge said. "We were firing on all cylinders. Then a couple of people went down."
Sabathia (7-3, 3.81 ERA), who was making his first start since coming off the 10-day disabled list, retired the first eight batters he saw before allowing four two-out runs in the third inning.
had an RBI single, walked with the bases loaded to put the Blue Jays up 2-0, and delivered the final blow when his single to left brought two runs home.

"I just think I couldn't finish," Sabathia said. "I got two strikes on a bunch of those guys. I just didn't make the right pitch to get out of that inning."
• Sabathia can't 'finish,' but happy he's healthy
After the single, Sabathia was relieved by , who was also activated from the DL prior to Tuesday's game. Warren got the Yankees out of the inning without further damage, but he didn't go back out to pitch the fourth.
Can't walk that way: Sabathia cruised through the first 2 2/3 innings before he walked Blue Jays No. 9 hitter in the third. It all unraveled from there, as that was the first of six straight baserunners to reach against the Yankees' lefty. Morales' hit followed two more walks by Sabathia.
"That was big," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's tough. His first start back since he had been injured. The last time we saw him in Toronto was as good as we've ever seen him. We battled. We needed that. We've been scuffling." More >
Happ-ens to the best of them: Judge's next at-bat following his long homer came in the fifth -- with two on and two outs and a chance to tie it. But Happ buckled down and struck out the All-Star for the second time in the game. Happ was sitting 92-93 mph on his fastball for most of the game, but reached back for a little something extra and topped out at 95.3 on the strikeout pitch.
"It was just a matter of executing," Happ said. "His first at-bat, I was able to execute with some two-seams, a two-seamer got him. His next at-bat, when he hit the home run, I was trying to do the same thing but pulled the two-seamer over the middle of the plate. ... Just trying to make sure the focus was there and the execution was there of where we were trying to go."
"I'm still waiting for the bill from the other one." -- Judge, on leaving a dent in the Pinstripe Bowl sign above a gate in left-center field, after breaking a TV with a batting-practice homer earlier in the season

"Happ just kind of threw a little bit of extra cheese on that one. He got a piece of it, but just not enough, and I was able to hang onto it." -- Blue Jays catcher , on Happ's key strikeout of Judge in the fifth
Judge's 28th home run was his fourth with an exit velocity of 118 mph or greater this season. No other Major League player has hit a home run that hard since did it twice in 2015.

Bautista's RBI single in the third inning gave him RBI No. 900 for his career. Of the 900, 739 have come with the Blue Jays, which ranks fourth on the club's all-time list. Carlos Delgado is the leader with 1,058.

Blue Jays: Right-hander (4-6, 4.86) will take the mound when this series wraps up on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Estrada issued a career-high seven walks in his last outing and is coming off a month in which he posted a 9.11 ERA. He's 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts vs. the Yankees this season.
Yankees: (8-4, 4.05 ERA) will take the ball against the Blue Jays in the final game of the three-game set. Pineda is looking to correct his June struggles after going 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA in six starts.
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