Bo Bichette’s Big Day Sinks Yankees in Dunedin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Bo Bichette matched the Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in the power department and got to take the final trot.

Bichette homered twice, including a game-ending drive to lead off the ninth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees, 5-4, on Wednesday.

“I think I am just starting to heat up,” Bichette said. “I think I was grinding for a while. That’s part of baseball, you fight until you start feeling good. It’s good feeling now.”

Bichette drove a pitch from Chad Green (0-2) the opposite way to right-center field as Toronto took two of three games in the series.

Bichette tied his career high with an 11-game hitting streak. He had three hits and also stole a base.

Alejandro Kirk also homered for the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis (1-0) worked the ninth to get the win.

Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees, who went 2-4 on a road trip. The Yankees also lost two of three at Tampa Bay.

“It’s the little things,” Judge said. “I looked back, it’s either baserunning mistakes, mistakes in the outfield, not coming up with just a clutch hit. There’s a bunch of things. For me personally, a couple things I need to work on to help put this team in a better position to come out with better outcomes.”

The Yankees scored 23 runs over the six games.

“Inconsistent,” Judge said. “That’s the word I keep coming back to. Not consistently having quality at-bats, put the ball in play when we need to, situational hitting.”

Toronto went 3-3 with one rainout in its first regular-season homestand at TD Ballpark, its spring training home.

The Blue Jays are playing their first three homestands through May in Florida because of Covid-19 restrictions in Canada. The team used Sahlen Field, its Class AAA stadium in Buffalo, as a home base last year and could return there later this season.

David Peterson matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in six dominant innings and catcher James McCann hit his first home run with the Mets, sending the team past the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, on Wednesday night for its third straight win.

McCann had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also got three hits apiece, and Francisco Lindor scored twice.

Peterson (1-1) outpitched former Mets starter Zack Wheeler, allowing only two hits and rebounding nicely from a rough outing in Philadelphia last week. The second-year lefty solved the N.L. East rival Phillies after entering with a 16.50 E.R.A. in two career starts against them and a 2.64 E.R.A. in nine outings versus all other teams.

Three relievers finished a three-hitter for the Mets. Aaron Loup got five outs and Edwin Díaz fanned two in a perfect ninth against the meat of the Phillies’ order.

Philadelphia batters struck out 14 times.

After starting the season 4-0, the slumping Phillies have dropped six of eight — including the first three games of this four-game set.

The Mets pounced early, scoring two runs against Wheeler in the first inning. The red-hot Nimmo got things started with a leadoff single against his former teammate, who needed 29 pitches to get through the first.

Lindor and Smith followed with back-to-back singles, scoring Nimmo. Lindor came in when Pete Alonso grounded into a double play.

Wheeler made his major league debut with the Mets and was 44-38 with a 3.77 E.R.A. in 126 regular-season starts with them from 2013-19.

The right-hander left for a $118 million, five-year deal with the Phillies following the 2019 season. He is 1-1 with a 3.71 E.R.A. in four starts against his old club.

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