Solarte homers, Pillar steals home, Toronto tops Yankees 5-3

TORONTO (AP) With the Toronto Blue Jays struggling to score runs, Kevin Pillar found another way to create some offense.

Yangervis Solarte hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Pillar added an insurance run by stealing second, third and home to send the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-3 Saturday for their first win of the season.

''Sometimes when runs are tough to come by, especially early on in the year, you've got to go out there and try to make some stuff happen,'' Pillar said.

The Blue Jays bounced back from two straight losses in which they totaled three runs. Tyler Austin homered twice for the Yankees.

Solarte began the eighth with a deep drive to center field off Dellin Betances (0-1) for a 4-3 lead.

''He threw me a pitch that I liked and it went out,'' Solarte said.

Pillar hit a one-out single and swiped his way to third. The speedy outfielder then broke for the plate with Gift Ngoepe at bat, and Betances threw wildly to the backstop as Pillar scored standing up.

''I kind of looked at him and I noticed he was a little far away from third base,'' Betances said. ''I thought to myself I could try to come set, step off and throw, but I rushed the throw. That's a big mistake there. I can't do that.''

It was Toronto's first straight steal of home since Aaron Hill did it against New York on May 29, 2007.

Betances allowed two runs and three hits in two innings. The Blue Jays stole four times in the eighth against him.

''I felt good overall but I kind of let things unravel a little bit there,'' Betances said.

New manager Aaron Boone said he will stick with Betances, who has allowed runs in both appearances this season after struggling last September.

''We'll continue to work with him, continue to believe in him and continue to need him in big situations,'' Boone said.

Justin Smoak had three hits on his bobblehead doll day as the Blue Jays denied New York its first 3-0 start since 2003.

Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his first save.

Austin homered in consecutive at bats against Marco Estrada, the first multihomer game of his career. Austin hit a two-run drive in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh. Both homers reached the second deck, and both tied the score.

''A little peek into the strength of Tyler Austin right there,'' Boone said.

The Yankees lost two players to injuries.

Outfielder Billy McKinney sprained his left shoulder when he crashed into the left field scoreboard while chasing Josh Donaldson's double in the first. After being checked by the trainer, McKinney stayed in for one more batter before being replaced by Brett Gardner. McKinney made his major league debut a day earlier.

Following the game, McKinney was put on the 10-day disabled list and infielder Miguel Andujar was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Boone said Andujar will be used at third, first and DH.

Boone said McKinney's recovery time would be ''at least a few weeks.''

Yankees reliever Adam Warren exited in the sixth after being struck on the right ankle by Aledmys Diaz's comebacker. Jonathan Holder came on and immediately gave up a tiebreaking single to Luke Maile. X-rays on Warren's ankle were negative and he will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Toronto took its first lead of the season on Smoak's RBI single in the first, then took a 2-0 on Smoak's RBI double in the third off CC Sabathia.

Making his first career start in center field, Aaron Judge went 0 for 4 for the Yankees. He played the position after an injury to Aaron Hicks in the opener.

TALL TALE

The 6-foot-7 Judge tied Walt Bond of the 1964 Houston Colt .45s as the tallest center field in major league history.

PILLARCENY

Pillar is the first big league to steal three bases in an inning since San Diego's Wil Myers did it last Aug. 16. Pillar is the first Blue Jays player to record three stolen bases in an inning.

EXTRA, EXTRA!

All four New York hits were for extra bases.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: X-rays on McKinney's shoulder were negative. McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Friday after Hicks went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right ribcage. Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are also on the DL.

Blue Jays: Donaldson (dead arm) felt good after throwing on the field before the game. Manager John Gibbons said he expects Donaldson to return to his position within ''the next couple of days.'' Donaldson made his second straight start at DH Saturday. ... 2B Devon Travis and C Russell Martin got the day off. Gibbons said Travis, who missed more than 100 games last year because of a right knee injury, will get at least one day off every three days for the time being. ... LHP Sam Moll cleared waivers and was assigned to the minor leagues.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray is 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman was limited to two starts in spring training because of a sore shoulder. He's 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 13 career starts against the Yankees.

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  • W: R. Tepera (1-0)L: D. Betances (0-1)S: R. Osuna (1)
  • HR: NYY - T. Austin 2 (2), TOR - Y. Solarte (1)
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N. Walker DH30000100.200.333.300.6331.0
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G. Sanchez C40000001.077.077.154.2310.0
B. Drury 3B31000100.300.417.400.8172.0
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B. Gardner LF30000111.167.286.417.7020.5
T. Austin 1B32232011.333.3331.3331.66712.5
T. Wade 2B30000010.125.125.250.375-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Pearce LF31000010.200.200.400.6000.5
    a- C. Granderson PH-LF10100000.333.429.333.7620.0
    J. Donaldson DH31100122.100.250.200.4503.0
    J. Smoak 1B40320000.364.417.545.9626.0
    Y. Solarte 3B41111004.250.250.7501.0006.0
    R. Grichuk RF30100110.200.273.500.7731.5
    K. Pillar CF32100104.333.400.7781.17810.0
    A. Diaz SS40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    L. Maile C30110100.333.500.333.8335.0
    G. Ngoepe 2B40000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
    • a-singled for Pearce in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Stanton (2), D. Gregorius (2)
    • HR - T. Austin 2 (2)
    • RBI - T. Austin 3 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Donaldson, J. Smoak (2)
    • HR - Y. Solarte
    • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (2), Y. Solarte (2), L. Maile
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Pillar 3 (3), L. Maile
    • CS - C. Granderson
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Betances, B. Drury
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia5.05212401.801.409.0
    A. Warren0.201110013.501.50-2.0
    J. Holder0.11000100.003.00-0.5
    D. Betances (L, 0-1)2.03221419.001.67-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia5.0
    A. Warren0.2
    J. Holder0.1
    D. Betances (L, 0-1)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada7.04333223.861.0015.0
    R. Tepera (W, 1-0)1.00001100.000.509.5
    R. Osuna (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada7.0
    R. Tepera (W, 1-0)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 84-54, A. Warren 7-2, J. Holder 7-5, D. Betances 40-23
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-4, A. Warren 2-0, D. Betances 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 22, A. Warren 3, J. Holder 2, D. Betances 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 91-57, R. Tepera 13-5, R. Osuna 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 8-10, R. Osuna 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 27, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    N. Walker DH30000100.200.333.300.6331.0
    A. Judge CF40000011.167.231.250.481-0.5
    G. Stanton RF30100100.333.3851.0001.3853.0
    D. Gregorius SS40100002.300.417.7001.1172.0
    G. Sanchez C40000001.077.077.154.2310.0
    B. Drury 3B31000100.300.417.400.8172.0
    B. McKinney LF0000-000.250.250.250.000-
    B. Gardner LF30000111.167.286.417.7020.5
    T. Austin 1B32232011.333.3331.3331.66712.5
    T. Wade 2B30000010.125.125.250.375-0.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Pearce LF31000010.200.200.400.6000.5
      a- C. Granderson PH-LF10100000.333.429.333.7620.0
      J. Donaldson DH31100122.100.250.200.4503.0
      J. Smoak 1B40320000.364.417.545.9626.0
      Y. Solarte 3B41111004.250.250.7501.0006.0
      R. Grichuk RF30100110.200.273.500.7731.5
      K. Pillar CF32100104.333.400.7781.17810.0
      A. Diaz SS40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
      L. Maile C30110100.333.500.333.8335.0
      G. Ngoepe 2B40000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
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      • a-singled for Pearce in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton (2), D. Gregorius (2)
      • HR - T. Austin 2 (2)
      • RBI - T. Austin 3 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Donaldson, J. Smoak (2)
      • HR - Y. Solarte
      • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (2), Y. Solarte (2), L. Maile
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Pillar 3 (3), L. Maile
      • CS - C. Granderson
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Betances, B. Drury
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia5.05212401.801.409.0
      A. Warren0.201110013.501.50-2.0
      J. Holder0.11000100.003.00-0.5
      D. Betances (L, 0-1)2.03221419.001.67-3.0
      Total8.0954491---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia5.0
      A. Warren0.2
      J. Holder0.1
      D. Betances (L, 0-1)2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada7.04333223.861.0015.0
      R. Tepera (W, 1-0)1.00001100.000.509.5
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
      Total9.0433442---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada7.0
      R. Tepera (W, 1-0)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 84-54, A. Warren 7-2, J. Holder 7-5, D. Betances 40-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-4, A. Warren 2-0, D. Betances 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 22, A. Warren 3, J. Holder 2, D. Betances 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 91-57, R. Tepera 13-5, R. Osuna 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 8-10, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 27, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Pillar scored, Maile to third on Betances fielding error35
        Solarte homered to center34
      • 7TH INNING
        Austin homered to left33
      • 6TH INNING
        Maile singled to left, Pillar scored23
      • 5TH INNING
        Austin homered to left, Drury scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Smoak doubled to deep left, Pearce scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Smoak singled to left, Donaldson scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Ball, Drury lined out to left
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Marco Estrada
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker lined out to center
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Betances Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Solarte homered to center
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar singled to right
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Pillar stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maile walked
        • G. Ngoepe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar stole third, Ball, Maile stole second, Pillar scored, Maile to third on Betances fielding error, Ball, Strike swinging, Ngoepe struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Drury flied out to right
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner popped out to shortstop
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Austin homered to left
        • T. Wade: Ball, Foul, Wade grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dellin Betances relieved Jonathan Holder
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Steve Pearce
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson singled to shallow left
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Granderson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge popped out to third
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Stanton grounded out to catcher
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius doubled to deep right
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Warren relieved CC Sabathia
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pillar walked
        • A. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Diaz grounded out to pitcher, Pillar to second
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Adam Warren
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Maile singled to left, Pillar scored
        • G. Ngoepe: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ngoepe struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Drury walked
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to deep right
        • T. Austin: Austin homered to left, Drury scored
        • T. Wade: Wade flied out to center
        • N. Walker: Walker flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smoak singled to right, Donaldson to second
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Solarte grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton grounded out to first
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Ngoepe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ngoepe struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • T. Wade: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Walker grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce safe at first on 3rd baseman Drury fielding error
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak doubled to deep left, Pearce scored
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte popped out to second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to third
        • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Drury lined out to center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • T. Austin: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Diaz lined out to right
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Foul, Maile grounded out to third
        • G. Ngoepe: Ngoepe grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Judge grounded into double play third to second to first, Walker out at second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Stanton doubled to left
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pearce lined out to shortstop
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Donaldson doubled to left center
        • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to left, Donaldson scored
        • Brett Gardner in left
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to center
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk singled to left, Smoak to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)