Gurriel Jr. has 3 RBIs in MLB debut, Blue Jays top Yanks 8-5

NEW YORK (AP) Growing up in Cuba, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn't foresee coming through in the clutch the way he did in his first major league game.

The prized Toronto Blue Jays prospect delivered - in consecutive at-bats, too.

Gurriel made an impressive debut with two hits and three RBIs as the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 8-5 Friday night.

''Well, no one imagines that,'' said Gurriel in Spanish. ''Every ballplayer's dream is to play in the best league in the world, and this truly is a dream come true.''

Teoscar Hernandez, another promising player in the Toronto organization, homered and drove in three runs, and Yangervis Solarte also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11 games.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton broke a 50 at-bat homerless slump with his fourth shot of the season, a drive that put New York ahead 4-2 in the third.

''You block out all the noise as much as possible and then you just remember this is a kid's game,'' said Stanton, who is hitting just 5 for 42 at Yankee Stadium this season. ''Remember how you were back when you were a kid and you got out there and prepare and let what happen happens.''

The 24-year-old Gurriel was called up from Double-A New Hampshire, where the second baseman was batting .347. The brother of Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single in the fourth that gave Toronto a 5-4 lead, then had an RBI single in the fifth that put the Blue Jays ahead to stay at 6-5.

Gurriel signed a seven-year, $22 million deal in November 2016 after defecting along with Yuli Gurriel the previous February from the Cuban team that was participating in the Caribbean World Series in the Dominican Republic.

He tried his best to shy away from his middle sibling's remarks earlier in the day, claiming the Toronto prospect as the better major leaguer.

''It's the desire I've always had of improving,'' Gurriel said.

Manager John Gibbons came away impressed with his youngster's poise, especially during his third turn at the plate, facing an 0-2 count in a tied game.

''He got to the big leagues and he did it the right way,'' Gibbons said. ''Couple of big hits, especially that second one, two strikes, shot the ball the other way.''

Toronto starter Marco Estrada (2-1) weaved in and out of trouble over five innings. He was charged with five runs and seven hits, three of them home runs, but improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts at Yankee Stadium, thanks to Gurriel.

''Yankee Stadium, it was a good crowd out there,'' Estrada said. ''The nerves, he's probably feeling a little bit of them, but he didn't show any of it.''

Seung Hwan Oh, Danny Barnes and Ryan Tepera each followed with a scoreless inning. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

The Blue Jays chased Sonny Gray (1-2) by sending nine batters to the plate in the fourth inning. Gray allowed five hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The New York starter retired the side in the first inning. Then he simply unraveled.

''I'm frustrated, obviously, I expect a lot more from myself,'' Gray said.

After Kendry Morales' ground-rule double cut the deficit 4-3, Gurriel picked up his first major league hit, a single past diving shortstop Didi Gregorius.

A solo homer by rookie Miguel Andujar made it 5-all in the home half of the fourth.

Gurriel's go-ahead hit came against Domingo German.

Tyler Austin hit a two-run in the second off Estrada.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 1B/DH Morales was activated from the 10-day disabled list after missing his last seven games due to a right hamstring strain. LHP Tim Mayza and IF Gift Ngoepe were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

BEST OF THE BUNCH?

Yuli Gurriel did pretty well in his first full season in the majors last year, hitting .299 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs. Along the way he also picked up a World Series ring. His older brother, Yuniesky, wasn't that bad, either, during his 16-year run in the Cuban National Series. Their dad, Lourdes Sr., starred for 15 years on the Cuban National Team, winning a gold medal, and now manages the national squad.

But in the long run, the Astros first baseman said he believes Lourdes will turn out to be a better product at the big league level.

''I don't want to put any pressure on him, but he hits better than me,'' Yuli Gurriel said through a translator before Houston took the field against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday night. ''Runs better than me and is a better defensive player than me.''

Lourdes impressed the Blue Jays during his first 12 games of the minor league season, hitting 17 for 49 and was third in the league in RBIs (11) and hits.

Gibbons penciled Lourdes as his second baseman in the nine-hole, but could also use him at shortstop.

''I think the kid's got a chance to be a really, really good hitter,'' Gibbons said before the game. ''And breaking in (at) Yankee Stadium, the Mecca, he and his brother both being in the big leagues, yeah that's pretty cool.''

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

The Yankees, who have made an AL-worst 18 errors, were put through a full workout prior to batting practice. They've made six fielding miscues the last five games.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (0-1, 7.98) will try for his first win of the season when the series resumes Saturday afternoon. Stroman started against New York on April 1 and allowed four runs and struck out eight in five innings but earned a no-decision in Toronto's win.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-0, 4.70) is unbeaten in his last eight starts and has lost once in his previous 12 starts dating back to Aug. 5, 2017. He is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in that stretch.

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NYY9-9
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  • W: M. Estrada (2-1)L: D. German (0-1)S: R. Osuna (6)
  • HR: TOR - Y. Solarte (5), T. Hernandez (2), NYY - G. Stanton (4), T. Austin (3), M. Andujar (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF21000313.319.439.532.9713.5
R. Grichuk RF00000000.088.185.228.4130.0
T. Hernandez LF31131211.370.433.7781.2119.5
J. Smoak 1B50100016.247.364.411.7750.5
Y. Solarte 3B41111104.283.413.583.9977.0
R. Martin C42100112.140.288.302.5914.5
K. Morales DH52210002.259.300.407.7076.0
K. Pillar CF41100122.319.364.472.8362.0
A. Diaz SS40000104.211.262.456.7181.0
L. Gurriel 2B50230010.400.400.400.8004.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF50000003.243.361.329.6900.0
    A. Judge DH50100032.328.464.5971.061-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS41100012.322.442.7291.1701.5
    G. Stanton RF41121001.205.301.438.7407.0
    G. Sanchez C40000030.182.206.379.585-1.5
    A. Hicks CF31200110.333.467.6251.0923.5
    T. Austin 1B41221012.283.365.565.9317.5
    M. Andujar 3B41111011.227.255.500.7555.5
    R. Torreyes 2B40300000.438.455.5631.0174.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Martin, K. Morales
      • HR - T. Hernandez (2), Y. Solarte (5)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez 3 (9), Y. Solarte (10), K. Morales (7), L. Gurriel 3 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Torreyes (4)
      • HR - G. Stanton (4), T. Austin (3), M. Andujar (2)
      • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (12), T. Austin 2 (9), M. Andujar (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (4), M. Andujar (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - G. Sanchez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (W, 2-1)5.07551435.321.3611.0
      S. Oh (H, 2)1.01000202.251.633.0
      D. Barnes (H, 4)1.01000100.841.032.5
      R. Tepera (H, 6)1.01000202.611.063.0
      R. Osuna (S, 6)1.01000100.000.439.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (W, 2-1)5.0
      S. Oh (H, 2)1.0
      D. Barnes (H, 4)1.0
      R. Tepera (H, 6)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray3.15554018.272.08-5.0
      D. German (L, 0-1)1.22224306.141.50-8.5
      A. Warren2.22111313.241.683.5
      C. Shreve1.10000100.001.043.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray3.1
      D. German (L, 0-1)1.2
      A. Warren2.2
      C. Shreve1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 98-65, S. Oh 24-14, D. Barnes 22-15, R. Tepera 24-15, R. Osuna 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 4-6, S. Oh 1-0, D. Barnes 1-1, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 22, S. Oh 4, D. Barnes 4, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Gray 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 73-39, D. German 47-25, A. Warren 46-27, C. Shreve 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 3-7, A. Warren 1-4
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 19, D. German 11, A. Warren 11, C. Shreve 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TOR13-6
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson RF21000313.319.439.532.9713.5
      R. Grichuk RF00000000.088.185.228.4130.0
      T. Hernandez LF31131211.370.433.7781.2119.5
      J. Smoak 1B50100016.247.364.411.7750.5
      Y. Solarte 3B41111104.283.413.583.9977.0
      R. Martin C42100112.140.288.302.5914.5
      K. Morales DH52210002.259.300.407.7076.0
      K. Pillar CF41100122.319.364.472.8362.0
      A. Diaz SS40000104.211.262.456.7181.0
      L. Gurriel 2B50230010.400.400.400.8004.5
      Total3689829724-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF50000003.243.361.329.6900.0
        A. Judge DH50100032.328.464.5971.061-0.5
        D. Gregorius SS41100012.322.442.7291.1701.5
        G. Stanton RF41121001.205.301.438.7407.0
        G. Sanchez C40000030.182.206.379.585-1.5
        A. Hicks CF31200110.333.467.6251.0923.5
        T. Austin 1B41221012.283.365.565.9317.5
        M. Andujar 3B41111011.227.255.500.7555.5
        R. Torreyes 2B40300000.438.455.5631.0174.0
        Total375115311011-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Martin, K. Morales
          • HR - T. Hernandez (2), Y. Solarte (5)
          • RBI - T. Hernandez 3 (9), Y. Solarte (10), K. Morales (7), L. Gurriel 3 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Torreyes (4)
          • HR - G. Stanton (4), T. Austin (3), M. Andujar (2)
          • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (12), T. Austin 2 (9), M. Andujar (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (4), M. Andujar (2)
          FIELDING
          • PB - G. Sanchez (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Estrada (W, 2-1)5.07551435.321.3611.0
          S. Oh (H, 2)1.01000202.251.633.0
          D. Barnes (H, 4)1.01000100.841.032.5
          R. Tepera (H, 6)1.01000202.611.063.0
          R. Osuna (S, 6)1.01000100.000.439.5
          Total9.011551103---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Estrada (W, 2-1)5.0
          S. Oh (H, 2)1.0
          D. Barnes (H, 4)1.0
          R. Tepera (H, 6)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray3.15554018.272.08-5.0
          D. German (L, 0-1)1.22224306.141.50-8.5
          A. Warren2.22111313.241.683.5
          C. Shreve1.10000100.001.043.5
          Total9.0988972---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray3.1
          D. German (L, 0-1)1.2
          A. Warren2.2
          C. Shreve1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 98-65, S. Oh 24-14, D. Barnes 22-15, R. Tepera 24-15, R. Osuna 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 4-6, S. Oh 1-0, D. Barnes 1-1, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 22, S. Oh 4, D. Barnes 4, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Gray 2 (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 73-39, D. German 47-25, A. Warren 46-27, C. Shreve 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 3-7, A. Warren 1-4
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 19, D. German 11, A. Warren 11, C. Shreve 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Solarte homered to right85
          • 5TH INNING
            Hernandez walked, Morales scored, Diaz to third, Gurriel to second75
            Gurriel singled to right, Martin scored, Morales to third, Diaz to second65
          • 4TH INNING
            Andujar homered to right center55
            Gurriel singled to center, Morales and Pillar scored54
            Morales doubled to left, Martin scored34
          • 3RD INNING
            Stanton homered to right, Gregorius scored24
            Hernandez homered to left center, Granderson scored22
          • 2ND INNING
            Austin homered to right, Hicks scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Shreve Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar lined out to center
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz lined out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
            • Randal Grichuk in right
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar flied out to right
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Torreyes reached on an infield single to third
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to first, Torreyes to second
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Warren Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak singled to shallow left
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte flied out to center
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Adam Warren
            • K. Morales: Morales flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Danny Barnes
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Stanton grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to shallow center
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Warren Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz popped out to shortstop
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel flied out to right
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Granderson walked
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Danny Barnes relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Torreyes singled to shallow left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner popped out to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Adam Warren relieved Domingo German
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte homered to right
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin lined out to center
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Morales grounded out to first
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Marco Estrada
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Austin singled to left
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Andujar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Austin out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales singled to shallow left, Martin to second
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin to third, Morales to second on passed ball, Ball, Diaz walked
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel singled to right, Martin scored, Morales to third, Diaz to second
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked, Morales scored, Diaz to third, Gurriel to second
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge flied out to center
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gregorius struck out on foul tip
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Stanton grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin doubled to left center
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales doubled to left, Martin scored
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar singled to shallow left, Morales to third
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Diaz popped out to third
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Pillar to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Gurriel singled to center, Morales and Pillar scored
            • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked, Gurriel to second
            • Domingo German relieved Sonny Gray
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked, Gurriel to third, Granderson to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to shallow center
            • Y. Solarte: Solarte flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks singled to center
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Austin grounded into double play third to second to first, Hicks out at second
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Andujar homered to right center
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Strike looking, Torreyes doubled to deep left
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson walked
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hernandez homered to left center, Granderson scored
            • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner popped out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gregorius singled to shallow center
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Stanton homered to right, Gregorius scored
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Solarte walked
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin flied out to center
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Morales reached on fielder's choice to third, Solarte out at second
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Morales to second on wild pitch, Ball, Pillar walked
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Diaz lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • T. Austin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Austin homered to right, Hicks scored
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Torreyes lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to center
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner flied out to shallow center
            • A. Judge: Judge singled to shallow right
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to second, Judge out at second
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)