Tepesch was the 11th starting pitcher to take the mound for the Blue Jays this season.
Tepesch, an emergency starter with Aaron Sanchez still out and Joe Biagini being stretched out at triple-A Buffalo, pitched as well as could be expected but gave up three solo home runs to the Yankees early, as NY downed the Jays 11-5. The team's Big Three, of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Clint Frazier have all hit the skids at one time, and there doesn't appear to be a breaking out point for any of them. Toronto logged eight hits and five BB with Norichika Aoki and Jose Bautista launching two run bombs while Justin Smoak went 2-5 and knocked in two. The Blue Jays have dropped two of three following an excruciating 7-6 defeat at the Houston Astros on Sunday where the bullpen imploded in the 9th.
The Yankees' three-run fourth was enough to keep the surging Blue Jays at bay.
The Yankees (60-52) reeled off two runs in the eighth inning and three in the ninth with Jays reliever Taylor Cole, in his major league debut, suffering the worst of it.
The Jays answered with a run in the second, keyed by a Kevin Pillar double into the left-field corner that sent Steve Pearce to third.More news: Blue Buffalo scarfs up positive second quarter
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Gregorius hit New York's third homer of the night in the third, a line drive that made it into the stands in right-centre.
Sabathia (9-5) allowed four runs, six hits and one walk. The Yankees have won back to back games after downing the Cleveland Indians 8-1 on Sunday where the pitching and offense contributed.
That is good news for Ryan Goins, who should get the majority of starts at shortstop from here on in - and he turned in a couple of defensive gems in the losing cause against NY.
After Didi Gregorius' one-out double, Todd Frazier (two RBI) and Jacoby Ellsbury (one RBI) rocked doubles to center field to expand the Yankees' lead to 6-2.
Tepesch was replaced by Leonel Campos, who, after striking out Sanchez, gave up a double to Frazier to score both runs and put the Yankees ahead 5-2. Trailing 6-3 into the seventh, the Jays scored a pair on a double by Ryan Goins and a single by Donaldson to draw within a run. With runners on first and third and two out, Tommy Kahnle struck out Smoak to end the inning. Donaldson's second bash came in the third, this time with Russell Martin on base.
Donaldson's homers were all that J.A. Happ needed, as the Toronto starter pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn his second consecutive victory.