Geroge Springer, Bo Bichette go deep as Blue Jays beat Yankees

The Yankees quickly found themselves in a hole on Tuesday night, as Toronto’s George Springer celebrated his 34th birthday with a leadoff home run.

Springer has now hit 57 leadoff jacks in his career, good enough for second all-time. Five of those have come against the Yankees. Only Eddie Yost (7) has hit more against the pinstripers, according to the YES Network’s James Smyth.

While a Gleyber Torres double tied the game in the first, Springer’s game-opening drive foreshadowed a 7-1 win for the Blue Jays and a subpar night for Clarke Schmidt. The Yankees starter, who is well beyond his previous career-high for innings pitched, logged five frames but gave up four earned runs and two dingers.

Schmidt walked two and struck out just one.

Cavan Biggio’s RBI single in the fourth put Toronto back in front, while Bo Bichette’s two-run homer in the fifth gave the Jays a comfy lead against a Yankees lineup that didn’t score again after Torres’ double. The Blue Jays scored again in the ninth inning when Alejandro Kirk clubbed a two-run homer off Zach McAllister.

An error from Anthony Volpe spotted Toronto one more run.

Toronto’s starter, Yusei Kikuchi, tallied five innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk and seven strikeouts before exiting with a left upper trap muscle cramp.

The Yankees had a chance to tack on in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton stepped to the plate with runners on first and second and one out. But the designated hitter, who is not fleet of foot, bounced a ball to shortstop, resulting in an inning-ending double play.

Having dropped the first game of the series, the Yankees will look to rebound against Kevin Gausman on Wednesday. Michael King will start for the Yanks as he tries to further his case for a 2024 rotation spot.

Gerrit Cole, meanwhile, will try to pad his Cy Young candidacy when he pitches on Thursday. José Berríos will start the series finale for Toronto.