The Yankees moved to 9-8 on the 2018 season on Thursday night with a 4-3 win in CC Sabathia’s return from the DL. CC pitched 4 ⅓ innings, allowing four hits, two runs (both unearned) while striking out one and walking one. His pitch count caught up to him in the fifth, and Aaron Boone removed him after he hit just 71 pitches. Tyler Wade got the Yankees on the board first with an RBI groundout to score Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the second. This was only the fourth RBI of the season for Wade, as he is off to a dismal start, now hitting .086 after tonight’s game. Ronald Torreyes kept the line moving in the second, hitting an RBI single just over the glove of shortstop Aledmys Díaz and into shallow left field to score Neil Walker.
The Blue Jays battled back to tie the game at two with a run in the third coming on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez that scored Luke Maile and a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Maile to score former-Yankee Yangervis Solarte. Didi Gregorius put the Yankees back on top with an RBI single in the fifth to score Torreyes, and it would remain a one run game until the seventh. On a 3-2 pitch by Tyler Clippard, Aaron Judge crushed his fifth home run of the season to left field to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
David Robertson got himself into a bases loaded, no out jam in the eighth, but managed to work his way out of it only allowing one run. Boone turned the ball over to Aroldis Chapman to close out the game, and he did just that, notching his third save of the year by striking out the side to secure the 4-3 win. The Yankees are now back above .500, and are right back at it tomorrow night for the second game of the series. Sonny Gray will look to have a bounceback start as he goes up against the veteran Marco Estrada. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET.