Domingo Germán helps Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-0

NEW YORK (AP) Many players use the All-Star break as a time to rest. Yankees starter Domingo German spent most of his time preparing for his next start.

German cruised through six innings of three-hit ball, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run double and the New York Yankees kicked off the second half with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

''Although we had the break I knew I was pitching the first game of the second half and I kept training. I kept my routine going,'' German said through a translator. ''We have a complex down in the Dominican Republic. ... I just went down there and explained what kind of routine I was working on, what kind of routine I like to do in between starts, and that's what we did.''

New York has won 17 of 21 and boasts the American League's best record at 58-31.

German (11-2) threw just 78 pitches, 54 for strikes, and retired 15 in a row following Eric Sogard's leadoff hit. The team leader in wins, he limited Toronto to three singles and did not walk a batter.

''You always want to be economical out there,'' German said.

Pitching on eight days' rest, the slender right-hander featured a biting curveball that led to six of his seven strikeouts, all swinging. He threw 33 curves in all, generating 13 swings and misses.

''He went back to the Dominican. He threw a side when he was back there,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''He's got a really good look in his eye about what he expects to do out there. He's pitching with a lot of confidence, and a great way to kick off this half for us.''

Playing in front of the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium this season, both starters traded zeroes until the bottom of the fifth, when Brett Gardner tripled against Aaron Sanchez (3-13) to lead off the inning. All-Star DJ LeMahieu's groundout scored the speedy veteran to break the tie.

''Just trying to get to third with no outs and my chances of scoring right there are pretty good with those guys coming up behind me,'' Gardner said. ''So it's nice to get things going.''

New York then loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batter before Encarnacion lined a hard-hit double off the visiting bullpen wall, plating three for a 4-0 lead.

The former Blue Jays slugger has struggled since joining the Yankees in a mid-June trade with Seattle, batting just .145 in 17 games.

''It's just all about timing. Get my timing right and I'm going to be all right,'' Encarnacion said. ''I don't worry too much. I know what I can do.''

Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in five innings. He leads the majors in losses and has dropped nine straight starts, the longest single-season streak since Jose Contreras also lost nine consecutive in 2007.

Gardner was 2 for 4 and also threw out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. trying to stretch a double to left in the seventh.

''He was aggressive,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Guerrero's baserunning blunder. ''I appreciate him going all out to make it to second, but it wasn't the best decision in this game down four.''

BALL FOUR

A moment of silence was held before the game for former Yankees right-hander Jim Bouton, who died Wednesday at the age of 80.

HOW DO YA LIKE THAT?

Longtime Yankees radio play-by-play man John Sterling returned to the airwaves Friday after taking time off. He called 5,060 consecutive regular season and postseason games for New York before taking a break on July 4, the broadcaster's 81st birthday.

CLIPPED WINGS

The Blue Jays did not record an extra-base hit or a walk for the first time since May 9, 2017, against Cleveland.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (left pectoral cramp) threw a bullpen session before the game and is slated to start Sunday's series finale. ... LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow soreness) ''felt like he wanted another start'' for Triple-A Buffalo before returning from his rehab assignment, according to Montoyo. Borucki started at Pawtucket Thursday and will remain with the Bisons for at least one more outing.

Yankees: 1B Luke Voit (abdominal strain) is expected to return Saturday. To make room, INF Breyvic Valera was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game. ... RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) is scheduled to begin a throwing program Monday. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (sprained right knee) is doing strengthening exercises but has yet to resume baseball activities.

UP NEXT:

Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (1-5, 6.23 ERA) is winless in three career starts against New York.

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.02 ERA) faces his old club for the second time this year. The 36-year-old was 59-41 with a 3.88 ERA in 135 appearances (127 starts) over two stints with Toronto, including a 20-win season in 2016.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Galvis SS40100013.269.308.464.7720.5
L. Gurriel LF40000004.296.349.613.9620.0
C. Biggio 2B40100012.233.359.419.7780.5
V. Guerrero 3B40100011.249.327.410.7370.5
J. Smoak 1B30000021.215.354.413.767-1.0
R. Grichuk RF30000011.231.289.413.702-0.5
D. Jansen C30100020.213.282.380.6610.0
T. Hernandez CF30000021.201.264.356.620-1.0
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    D. LeMahieu 1B40010001.332.378.512.8901.0
    A. Judge RF31100111.273.395.521.9152.5
    A. Hicks CF41200011.240.333.455.7882.5
    G. Sanchez C31100011.246.317.557.8743.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40230001.219.329.494.8226.0
    D. Gregorius SS40000013.263.286.411.696-0.5
    G. Torres 2B30200101.296.364.533.8974.0
    G. Urshela 3B40000015.298.349.461.810-0.5
    B. Gardner LF41200001.249.330.481.8116.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel 2 (2), C. Biggio, V. Guerrero, R. Grichuk
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Hicks (9), G. Sanchez (8), E. Encarnacion (10), G. Torres (15), B. Gardner (12)
      • 3B - B. Gardner (5)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (64), E. Encarnacion 3 (59)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, A. Hicks, G. Torres, G. Urshela 4 (4), B. Gardner
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Hicks (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Jansen-Biggio)
      • E - D. Jansen (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-13)5.07442206.221.75-2.0
      S. Gaviglio2.02000204.061.055.0
      J. Shafer1.01000102.611.742.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 3-13)5.0
      S. Gaviglio2.0
      J. Shafer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German (W, 11-2)6.03000703.401.0528.5
      T. Kahnle1.02000003.031.041.0
      C. Green2.01000305.351.496.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German (W, 11-2)6.0
      T. Kahnle1.0
      C. Green2.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-54, S. Gaviglio 30-21, J. Shafer 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-8, S. Gaviglio 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, S. Gaviglio 7, J. Shafer 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. German (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 78-54, T. Kahnle 10-7, C. Green 29-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 5-6, C. Green 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. German 21, T. Kahnle 4, C. Green 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      F. Galvis SS40100013.269.308.464.7720.5
      L. Gurriel LF40000004.296.349.613.9620.0
      C. Biggio 2B40100012.233.359.419.7780.5
      V. Guerrero 3B40100011.249.327.410.7370.5
      J. Smoak 1B30000021.215.354.413.767-1.0
      R. Grichuk RF30000011.231.289.413.702-0.5
      D. Jansen C30100020.213.282.380.6610.0
      T. Hernandez CF30000021.201.264.356.620-1.0
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        D. LeMahieu 1B40010001.332.378.512.8901.0
        A. Judge RF31100111.273.395.521.9152.5
        A. Hicks CF41200011.240.333.455.7882.5
        G. Sanchez C31100011.246.317.557.8743.5
        E. Encarnacion DH40230001.219.329.494.8226.0
        D. Gregorius SS40000013.263.286.411.696-0.5
        G. Torres 2B30200101.296.364.533.8974.0
        G. Urshela 3B40000015.298.349.461.810-0.5
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          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel 2 (2), C. Biggio, V. Guerrero, R. Grichuk
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Hicks (9), G. Sanchez (8), E. Encarnacion (10), G. Torres (15), B. Gardner (12)
          • 3B - B. Gardner (5)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu (64), E. Encarnacion 3 (59)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, A. Hicks, G. Torres, G. Urshela 4 (4), B. Gardner
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. Hicks (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Jansen-Biggio)
          • E - D. Jansen (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-13)5.07442206.221.75-2.0
          S. Gaviglio2.02000204.061.055.0
          J. Shafer1.01000102.611.742.5
          Total8.01044250---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (L, 3-13)5.0
          S. Gaviglio2.0
          J. Shafer1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. German (W, 11-2)6.03000703.401.0528.5
          T. Kahnle1.02000003.031.041.0
          C. Green2.01000305.351.496.5
          Total9.06000100---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. German (W, 11-2)6.0
          T. Kahnle1.0
          C. Green2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Sanchez (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-54, S. Gaviglio 30-21, J. Shafer 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-8, S. Gaviglio 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, S. Gaviglio 7, J. Shafer 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. German (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 78-54, T. Kahnle 10-7, C. Green 29-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 5-6, C. Green 1-2
          • Batters Faced - D. German 21, T. Kahnle 4, C. Green 7
          • 5TH INNING
            Encarnacion doubled to left center, Judge, Hicks and Sanchez scored04
            LeMahieu grounded out to second, Gardner scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis singled to right center
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Galvis out at second
            • C. Biggio: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Guerrero flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chad Green relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Jansen struck out on foul tip
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sogard fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Shafer relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius flied out to left
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres doubled to deep left
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gardner popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Domingo German
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Biggio singled to left
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero singled to deep left, Biggio to third, Guerrero out at second
            • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to shallow right
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to right
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging, Hicks caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Jansen singled to left
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez flied out to left
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Sogard singled to right, Jansen to second
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Galvis lined out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to second, Sogard out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Urshela grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner doubled to shallow left center
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu flied out to right
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner to third on catcher Jansen throwing error, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Guerrero lined out to left
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner tripled to deep right
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second, Gardner scored
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Judge singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Hicks doubled to deep right, Judge to third
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez hit by pitch
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion doubled to left center, Judge, Hicks and Sanchez scored
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gregorius struck out on foul tip
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Torres lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Galvis lined out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez doubled to deep left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion popped out to first
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Gregorius lined out to left
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Torres walked
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sogard grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner fouled out to catcher
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to right
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez popped out to first
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion singled to deep left
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to left
            • G. Torres: Ball, Torres singled to center, Encarnacion to second
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard singled to center
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Sogard to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Biggio: Strike swinging, Foul, Biggio flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)