Marcus Semien sets a new 2B home run record for the Jays, and Bo Bichette hits a game-winning home run against the Yankees.

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Marcus Semien sets a new 2B home run record for the Jays, and Bo Bichette hits a game-winning home run against the Yankees.

To lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a win over the New York Yankees, Marcus Semien set a record for most home runs hit by a second baseman in a season, and shortstop Bo Bichette launched a 399-foot go-ahead homer.

Semien hit his 44th home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning of the 6-5 victory at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday.

“I enjoy doing what I do. Semien told reporters, “I adore the process.” “I’m always open to new experiences, but I’ve settled into a rhythm here that works for me since late April or early May.

“I couldn’t do it without our strength coaches, hitting coaches, and infield coaches, who do so much for us, but it takes a lot of commitment from us players to buy in and do everything.”

The two-run drive snapped a tie with Davey Johnson, a former Atlanta Braves infielder. In 1973, Johnson hit 43 home runs.

To begin the game, Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios struck out the side. In the bottom of the first, Yankees starter Gerrit Cole gave up a leadoff double to Blue Jays center fielder George Springer. For the Blue Jays’ second at-bat, Semien took the mound.

On Cole’s first pitch, he fouled it out. With his second delivery, the Yankees’ ace got a called strike, but his next two pitches were out of the strike zone.

Semien blasted a 386-foot home run off Cole’s fifth pitch, a 2-2 fastball. The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead thanks to the home run.

With an RBI single in the bottom of the second, Springer extended the lead. In the bottom of the third, Bichette hit his 27th home run of the season.

Bichette’s solo shot was estimated to fly 412 feet and clear the right center field fence.

With an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, Yankees shortstop Gio Urshela made the score 4-1. With an RBI double, center fielder Brett Gardner trimmed the margin to two runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in Springer with an RBI double. In the top of the sixth inning, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit an RBI sacrifice fly to bring in third baseman D.J. LeMahieu.

With a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning, Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka tied the game. Article Summary from Nokia News

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