The Yankees needed no reminders about the urgency of turning their season around, even with general manager Brian Cashman unexpectedly attaching himself to the traveling party. If they are to play like the team that they expected to be, this is their make-or-break week.
Gary Sánchez, Chris Gittens and Brett Gardner all homered as the Yankees rallied to overcome an early deficit, then Clint Frazier came off the bench to deliver a go-ahead RBI double in a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday evening at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Bombers’ bats picked up the slack following a middling effort from Jordan Montgomery, who was charged with five runs (four earned) over 5 1/3 innings. Sánchez continued his hot streak with a second-inning homer and Gittens rounded the bases for his first Major League hit, homering toward the Interstate 190 on-ramp in the fourth.
Miguel Andújar knocked a sixth-inning RBI groundout to complete the Yanks’ scoring off Hyun Jin Ryu, who permitted three runs in six innings. Gardner dug out an Anthony Castro slider for a seventh-inning homer, trimming the deficit to one run, before DJ LeMahieu doubled and scored the tying run after two wild pitches.
Left out of the starting lineup in favor of Gardner starting against the left-hander Ryu, Frazier snapped a 3-for-22 funk by drilling the go-ahead hit off Jordan Romano in the eighth, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Wade from second base.