Gary Sanchez goes deep, Yankees hit three home runs to beat Blue Jays 4-1

TAMPA, Fla. — Gary Sanchez hit the first of three home runs for New York, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 4-1 on Wednesday to hand Toronto its first loss of spring training.

Derek Dietrich and Robinson Chorinos also went deep for the Yankees (3-1).

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Lefty Nick Allgeyer took the loss for the Blue Jays (2-1-1) after getting roughed up for three earned runs in an inning of work.

Toronto's Breyvic Valera opened the scoring in the fifth inning when he singled home Joshua Palacios, who was on board following a double.

Sanchez hit a solo shot and Dietrich followed with a two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth as Allgeyer allowed three hits including those two home runs and three earned runs in the inning.

Robinson Chorinos hit a solo shot off righty Anthony Castro in the bottom of the seventh to cap the scoring.

Jays pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson had a solid start. The 20-year-old righty pitched two hitless innings, striking out slugger Giancarlo Stanton and issuing a walk to Brett Gardner.

Righty Alek Manoah followed with two more scoreless innings, with one hit and four strikeouts.

Yankees starter Corey Kluber pitched two innings, allowing no hits with three strikeouts.

Shortstop Santiago Espinal had Toronto's first hit of the game, a double off of Nick Goody to open the fourth inning.

Toronto plays the Detroit Tigers Thursday in Lakeland, Fla.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2021.

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