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Jays’ Marcus Semien sets 2B homer record, Bo Bichette Bomb beat Yankees

30 September (WNN) — Marcus Semien holds the record for most home runs by a second baseman in a season, and shortstop Bo Bichette hit a 399-foot go-head shot to give the Toronto Blue Jays a win over the New York Yankees.

Semin made history with his 44th homer of the season at the bottom of the first innings in a 6-5 win on Wednesday at the Rogers Center in Toronto.

“I love what I do. I love the process,” Semien told reporters. “I’m always open to new things, but since late April or May, I’ve found a routine here that works for me.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without our strength coaches, hit coaches and infield coaches, because they do a lot for us, but it takes a lot of dedication to buy us players and do everything.”

The two-run shot broke a tie with former Atlanta Braves infielder Davy Johnson. In 1973, Johnson hit 43 homers.

Blue Jays starter Jose Berios hits the side out to start the game. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole allowed Blue Jays center fielder George Springer to double lead in the bottom half of the first. Semion steps up for the Blue Jays’ second at-bat.

He fouled Cole’s first pitch. The Yankees ace got a call strike with his second offer, but missed the zone with his next two pitches.

Semien hit Cole’s fifth pitch, a 2-2 fastball, in left field for a 386-foot homer. The blast gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.

Springer extended the advantage with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Bichette followed up with his 27th homer of the season in the bottom of the third.

Bichette’s single shot traveled an estimated 412 feet and cleared the fence of right center field.

Yankees shortstop Gio Ursella scored 4-1 with an RBI single in the top of fifth. Center fielder Brett Gardner followed up with an RBI double to reduce the deficit to two runs.

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Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. plated Springer with an RBI double in the bottom of fifth. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge drives into sixth baseman DJ LeMahieu with an RBI sacrificial fly at the top of the sixth.

Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka leveled the game with a two-run single at the top of the seventh.

Bichette drove into the final run in the bottom of the eighth. The All-Star infielder settled against Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes to lead the half-inning. Holmes misses the zone with a ball to Bischett on his first pitch.

The Blue Jays slugger attached to his 1-0 pitch, sending Sinker nearly 400 feet into right field.

Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano allowed one to second baseman Gleber Torres in the top of the ninth, but did not allow another hit. He earned his 22nd savings of 2021.

Bichette made 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scored two runs. He pushed his season average to .295 and RBI total to 101. Semin is hitting .267 with 44 homers and 101 RBI.

Springer also scored 3 for 4 in the win. Torres took 3 for 4 for the Yankees.

Cole gave nine hits and five runs in six innings, but was not on record for the decision. Berios conceded four hits and three runs in six innings.

The Yankees (90-68) are one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild card standings. The Blue Jays (88-70) are one game behind in the wild card chase for a playoff spot.

The Blue Jays host the Yankees at the Rogers Center on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. EDT.

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