Andujar hits first career grand slam, Yankees beat Jays 7-2
Miguel Andujar first got manager Aaron Boone’s attention at spring training.
Two months into his rookie season, Andujar’s impressive hitting is getting attention all around the major leagues.
Andujar hit his first career grand slam, CC Sabathia pitched seven innings to snap a five-start winless streak and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Aaron Hicks added a three-run blast as the Yankees won for the sixth time in seven games. New York is 30-9 since a 9-9 start.
Andujar connected off right-hander Seunghwan Oh (1-2) in the seventh, his seventh home run of the season.
“I feel really excited for that,” Andujar said. “Another record for my career.”
Andujar leads all big league rookies with 29 extra-base hits this season, including seven of his past eight.
“It’s been really impressive,” Boone said. “He’s been so important to what we’ve been able to do, especially offensively and the length of our lineup.
“When I first saw him in spring, he kind of leapt off the screen to me, as far as swinging the bat,” Boone added. “He can really hit. Look, I think he can be a really good hitter in this league for a long time.”
Sabathia (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits to win for the first time since April 29 against the Los Angeles Angels. The seven innings matched his season high.
“He was terrific,” Boone said. “That’s as good as we’ve seen him, maybe.”
Sabathia walked one and struck out six, one shy of his season best.
“I knew they were going to be aggressive so I was just trying to match their aggressiveness in the strike zone,” Sabathia said.
Since the start of the 2017 season, Sabathia is 10-0 with a 2.71 ERA in 16 starts following a Yankees loss.
The Yankees are a major league-best 27-3 when their starters go at least six innings.
Hicks added a three-run homer off Aaron Loup in the eighth, his sixth.
Teoscar Hernandez and Kevin Pillar hit solo home runs, but the slumping Blue Jays lost for the ninth time in 10 home games. Toronto has lost six of seven overall, and 14 of its past 17.
“We’re not playing particularly well, obviously,” manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto, which snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday, has not won back-to-back games since April 30 and May 1 at Minnesota.
Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada left after Gary Sanchez singled to begin the seventh. Oh hit Didi Gregorius and walked Hicks before Andujar’s first-pitch homer into the second deck in left.
Estrada, who has not won since April 20, allowed one run and six hits in six innings.