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Lukes' two-run triple leads Blue Jays past Yankees

Nathan Lukes Toronto Blue Jays Nathan Lukes - The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Nathan Lukes had a two-run triple and Chris Bassitt had a strong start as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in spring training action Friday.

The Blue Jays got two of their three hits in a decisive sixth inning.

Bo Bichette doubled with one on to set up Lukes, who followed with a triple to score Alan Roden and Josh Kasevich, who had replaced Bichette as a pinch-runner.

Bassitt stuck out four over 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered four of New York's five hits, including an RBI double by DJ LeMahieu in the third.

Yimi Garcia struck out two in a scoreless sixth to pick up the win for Toronto (5-8). Mason Fluharty struck out the side in the ninth for the save.

Former Blue Jay Marcus Stroman struck out two over four no-hit innings for the Yankees (5-8).

Yerry De Los Santos was tagged with the loss.

Toronto next faces Philadelphia on Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2024.