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Yankees unable to sweep Blue Jays as bullpen struggles

The Yankees were unable to complete the three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays as they fell, 10-9, on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

New York led 8-3 going into the bottom of the sixth, and then the game completely changed. Miguel Castro entered the game in place of starting pitcher Luis Severino, and he served up a grand slam to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. In the next inning, Wandy Peralta allowed a go-ahead three-run home run and that ended up being the difference-maker as Toronto held on for the victory.

Severino surrendered five runs on three hits over five innings while walking four and striking out nine. The right-hander did not have his best stuff, but he did pitch better than his final line indicates. Two of the four runs that Castro gave up in relief were charged to Severino. Ron Marinaccio had the only scoreless outing for the Yankees as he tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings.

New York’s offense certainly wasn’t the issue as they pounded out nine runs on 11 hits, including five home runs. Gleyber Torres, Josh Donaldson, Kyle Higashioka, Marwin Gonzalez, and Anthony Rizzo all went deep. Torres also had a two-run double and finished 3-for-5 on the day. Aaron Judge had a run-scoring double as well.

The Yankees will head to St. Petersburg to begin a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Gerrit Cole will get the start, and the first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.