Happ wins 5th straight decision, Yankees beat Jays 6-2

TORONTO (AP) With Dallas Keuchel off the market, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't sweating the state of his rotation. Not with the way J.A. Happ has pitched lately.

Happ pitched seven strong innings to win his fifth straight decision, Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela homered, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

New York's victory wrapped up about an hour after reports emerged that Keuchel had come off the free agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Keuchel and the Atlanta Braves are near agreement on a one-year contract that would pay the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner about $13 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement had not been finalized.

Boone said the Yankees had been in talks with Keuchel, but he insisted New York had enough pitching to win without him.

''The season is a long one, there's lots of things that need to unfold,'' Boone said. ''But we have the guys in that room, absolutely, to be elite.''

DJ LeMahieu had three hits and two RBIs, and the Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak, their first since early April.

Happ (6-3) allowed one run and four hits, walked none and struck out four.

''We need those kind of outings,'' Boone said. ''He's put a few good ones in a row together.''

It was Happ's first start in Toronto since the Blue Jays traded him to the Yankees last July 26.

''I kind of had a lot of emotion tonight so I was trying to be as methodical as I could,'' said Happ, calling it ''special'' to return to the city where he spent parts of six seasons.

New York has won nine times in Happ's past 10 starts.

''Having him out there get in a groove, get in a good rhythm, has been clutch for our team,'' Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin said. ''I'm glad he's a part of this.''

Eric Sogard ended Happ's shutout bid with a leadoff homer in the sixth, his fifth.

Chad Green pitched the eighth but left after the first three batters reached in the ninth. Aroldis Chapman came on and got Teoscar Hernandez to ground into a double play, then ended it by getting Freddy Galvis to line out. Chapman earned his 18th save in 19 opportunities.

LeMahieu is batting a major league-best .491 (26 for 53) with runners in scoring position. He's 9 for his last 16 in such situations.

The Blue Jays were seeking their first three-game winning streak since sweeping a home series against Oakland from April 26-28.

New York opened the scoring with a four-run second against struggling Blue Jays right-hander Edwin Jackson. The spurt started when Thairo Estrada reached on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., whose throw to first struck Estrada in the helmet. Estrada was checked and remained in the game.

Maybin singled, LeMahieu hit an RBI double and Hicks followed with a three-run homer, his third.

Urshela hit a leadoff blast in the fourth, his fourth. Three batters later, LeMahieu chased Jackson with an RBI single.

Jackson (0-4) allowed six runs, two earned, in 3 1/3 innings, losing his fourth straight start. Jackson decreased his ERA to 11.90 after allowing 10 runs in his previous outing at Colorado.

''I'm not finding a way to make pitches in big situations when I have a chance,'' Jackson said. ''I'm not getting the job done.''

Manager Charlie Montoyo said the Blue Jays will discuss whether Jackson makes his next scheduled start.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: SS Gleyber Torres (left shoulder) was held out of the lineup but was available off the bench. Boone said Torres could sit Friday, too. ... SS Didi Gregorius is expected to be activated off the injured list Friday and will be in the lineup against Cleveland. Gregorius has not played this season after having Tommy John surgery last October. Estrada was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster. ... RHP Luis Severino (right shoulder) made 50 throws from 60 feet. He did the same Monday. ... OF Aaron Judge (strained left oblique) resumed on-field batting practice Thursday at New York's spring training facility in Tampa. ... Boone said Giancarlo Stanton (left biceps strain, left shoulder) is ''very close'' to beginning a rehab assignment.

Blue Jays: RHP David Phelps (elbow surgery) pitched a scoreless inning at Class A Dunedin on Wednesday, his first rehab appearance. Phelps has not pitched in the majors since 2017.

OPEN SEASON

The stadium's retractable roof was open for the first time this season, matching the latest opening date in its 30-year history. The Blue Jays didn't play under open skies at home until June 6 in 2001.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (9-1, 3.66) pitches on five days rest as he starts the opener of a three-game series at Cleveland. RHP Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.46) starts for the Indians.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-7, 2.84) starts the opener of the three-game series against Arizona. Stroman has a 2.25 ERA in his past four starts. RHP Merrill Kelly (5-6, 4.41) starts for the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: J. Happ (6-3)L: E. Jackson (0-4)S: A. Chapman (18)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hicks (3), G. Urshela (4), TOR - E. Sogard (5)
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A. Hicks CF51231013.238.329.397.7268.5
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G. Sanchez C50000014.262.335.640.975-0.5
K. Morales 1B30000112.189.312.245.5570.5
C. Frazier RF40000011.268.320.516.836-0.5
G. Urshela 3B41111001.323.368.468.8366.0
T. Estrada SS41000020.280.321.520.8410.0
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    E. Sogard 2B41211002.290.365.481.8468.0
    V. Guerrero 3B40000003.248.317.457.7740.0
    J. Smoak 1B41100001.236.374.455.8302.0
    R. Grichuk DH40200001.232.291.433.7252.0
    L. Gurriel LF40100001.241.308.482.7901.0
    T. Hernandez CF40000024.191.260.309.569-1.0
    F. Galvis SS40000022.240.276.416.692-1.0
    B. Drury RF30100001.231.268.403.6711.0
    L. Maile C30100001.181.234.278.5121.0
    E. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. LeMahieu 2 (14), C. Maybin (5)
      • HR - A. Hicks (3), G. Urshela (4)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (40), A. Hicks 3 (14), G. Urshela (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (19), A. Hicks 3 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, L. Voit, G. Sanchez 2 (2), K. Morales 2 (2), G. Urshela
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Sogard (8)
      • HR - E. Sogard (5)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero, R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, F. Galvis, B. Drury
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Estrada-LeMahieu-Morales; Urshela-LeMahieu-Morales)
      • E - T. Estrada
      FIELDING
      • E - V. Guerrero (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.04110414.481.1528.0
      C. Green1.04110009.161.87-2.0
      A. Chapman (S, 18)1.00000001.460.8910.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.0
      C. Green1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 18)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Jackson (L, 0-4)3.166223211.902.24-4.5
      T. Pannone3.21001105.911.477.5
      T. Mayza1.00000103.321.203.5
      E. Luciano1.01001206.562.142.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Jackson (L, 0-4)3.1
      T. Pannone3.2
      T. Mayza1.0
      E. Luciano1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-69, C. Green 24-17, A. Chapman 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 8-10, C. Green 1-1, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 26, C. Green 6, A. Chapman 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 82-47, T. Pannone 51-31, T. Mayza 8-6, E. Luciano 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-4, T. Pannone 2-8, T. Mayza 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 19, T. Pannone 13, T. Mayza 3, E. Luciano 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. LeMahieu 2B41320100.323.371.480.8519.0
      A. Hicks CF51231013.238.329.397.7268.5
      L. Voit DH30000201.263.381.504.8852.0
      G. Sanchez C50000014.262.335.640.975-0.5
      K. Morales 1B30000112.189.312.245.5570.5
      C. Frazier RF40000011.268.320.516.836-0.5
      G. Urshela 3B41111001.323.368.468.8366.0
      T. Estrada SS41000020.280.321.520.8410.0
      C. Maybin LF42200010.282.378.376.7544.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        E. Sogard 2B41211002.290.365.481.8468.0
        V. Guerrero 3B40000003.248.317.457.7740.0
        J. Smoak 1B41100001.236.374.455.8302.0
        R. Grichuk DH40200001.232.291.433.7252.0
        L. Gurriel LF40100001.241.308.482.7901.0
        T. Hernandez CF40000024.191.260.309.569-1.0
        F. Galvis SS40000022.240.276.416.692-1.0
        B. Drury RF30100001.231.268.403.6711.0
        L. Maile C30100001.181.234.278.5121.0
        E. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Pannone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        E. Luciano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - D. LeMahieu 2 (14), C. Maybin (5)
          • HR - A. Hicks (3), G. Urshela (4)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu 2 (40), A. Hicks 3 (14), G. Urshela (24)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (19), A. Hicks 3 (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, L. Voit, G. Sanchez 2 (2), K. Morales 2 (2), G. Urshela
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Sogard (8)
          • HR - E. Sogard (5)
          • RBI - E. Sogard (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero, R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, F. Galvis, B. Drury
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Estrada-LeMahieu-Morales; Urshela-LeMahieu-Morales)
          • E - T. Estrada
          FIELDING
          • E - V. Guerrero (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.04110414.481.1528.0
          C. Green1.04110009.161.87-2.0
          A. Chapman (S, 18)1.00000001.460.8910.0
          Total9.0822041---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.0
          C. Green1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 18)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Jackson (L, 0-4)3.166223211.902.24-4.5
          T. Pannone3.21001105.911.477.5
          T. Mayza1.00000103.321.203.5
          E. Luciano1.01001206.562.142.0
          Total9.0862472---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Jackson (L, 0-4)3.1
          T. Pannone3.2
          T. Mayza1.0
          E. Luciano1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-69, C. Green 24-17, A. Chapman 7-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 8-10, C. Green 1-1, A. Chapman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 26, C. Green 6, A. Chapman 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 82-47, T. Pannone 51-31, T. Mayza 8-6, E. Luciano 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-4, T. Pannone 2-8, T. Mayza 1-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 19, T. Pannone 13, T. Mayza 3, E. Luciano 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Hernandez grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak scored, Grichuk to third, Gurriel out at second62
          • 6TH INNING
            Sogard homered to right61
          • 4TH INNING
            LeMahieu singled to center, Maybin scored60
            Urshela homered to left50
          • 2ND INNING
            Hicks homered to right, Maybin and LeMahieu scored40
            LeMahieu doubled to deep center, Estrada scored, Maybin to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Elvis Luciano relieved Tim Mayza
            • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hicks reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Voit walked, Hicks to second
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak singled to shallow left
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk singled to left center, Smoak to second
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gurriel singled to center, Smoak to third, Grichuk to second
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Chad Green
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak scored, Grichuk to third, Gurriel out at second
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis lined out to third
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tim Mayza relieved Thomas Pannone
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to deep center
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Urshela grounded out to catcher
            • T. Estrada: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Estrada struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chad Green relieved J.A. Happ
            • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Ball, Maile singled to left
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sogard lined out to right
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Maile out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Voit popped out to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep center
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Estrada throwing error
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep center
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Drury reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gurriel out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • T. Estrada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Estrada struck out on foul tip
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin lined out to right
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu doubled to deep right
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Sogard homered to right
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Smoak lined out to center
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to center
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to left
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Urshela fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury popped out to shortstop
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maile flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Foul, Urshela homered to left
            • T. Estrada: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Estrada grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin doubled to deep right center
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to center, Maybin scored
            • Thomas Pannone relieved Edwin Jackson
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks flied out to center
            • L. Voit: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Voit grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to third
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk singled to center
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to deep center
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to third
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Ball, Drury singled to left center
            • L. Maile: Maile flied out to deep right
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sogard reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Drury out at second
            • V. Guerrero: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Guerrero popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Estrada: Ball, Ball, Estrada safe at first on 3rd baseman Guerrero throwing error
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Maybin singled to left center, Estrada to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, LeMahieu doubled to deep center, Estrada scored, Maybin to third
            • A. Hicks: Hicks homered to right, Maybin and LeMahieu scored
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Voit popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to second
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Galvis lined out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Voit walked, LeMahieu to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez flied out to center
            • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Morales struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard doubled to deep right center
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak flied out to left
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)