MLB: Gerrit Cole deals with Blue Jays and Yankees win 3-1

Gerrit Cole conceded just one run in six innings of work on the mound, helping the New York Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night in Dunedin.

After allowing Bo Bichette to score on a Randal Grichuk ground ball in the first inning, Cole recovered well by shutting out the Torontonians on their next five batting rounds.

The Yankees pitcher ace ultimately allowed just three hits and a walk, registering eight strikeouts at the Jays temporary stadium.

« I think what was most satisfying is that after a difficult start to the game, he calmed down and he didn’t give any points, » observed Kyle Higashioka. Gerrit has to be given credit, he was really in his zone. « 

Opposite Cole was southpaw Robbie Ray, who was making his first start with the Jays after seeing his name dropped from the 10-day injured list on Sunday.

Ray got off to a good start, allowing the New Yorkers two runs in five innings. He didn’t allow his rivals a single hit until the fourth inning, in which Kyle Higashioka slammed a two-run homer.

“Everyone is happy with the way Robbie pitched tonight,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.

Toronto suffered a sixth loss in 10 outings, while New York recovered to the .500 mark at 5-5.

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