TORONTO — These days, it seems like nothing can stop the Yankees, not even the Yankees’ emerging killer, Alek Manoah.
The Blue Jays right-hander retired 15 straight Yankees in one point Tuesday, but the Yankees took advantage of a hot start from Jameson Taillon and a six-run outburst against Toronto’s shaky bullpen in the seventh to win their 11th straight game, 9- one. , at the Rogers Center.
The winning streak is now the second longest since 1986, behind only the 13-game streak they had last August. The Yankees also won 13 of 14 to open a 3 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the AL East, with a chance to sweep the fourth straight series on Wednesday.
Locked in a tight pitching matchup, the game was tied 1-1 until Manoah finished after the sixth inning.
The Yankees wasted no time taking advantage of Manoah’s departure, which coincided with the unraveling of the rest of the Blue Jays.
Giancarlo Stanton reached on Bo Bichette’s throwing error at shortstop to start the inning against Adam Cimber and scored on Josh Donaldson’s double to left-center, giving the Yankees their first lead of the night. .
Marwin Gonzalez, making an unusual start on the left, took on Julian Merryweather and added another double from left to center to drive in Donaldson and make it 3-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single, misplayed by Bichette, as Gonzalez advanced to third.
José Treviño grounded out to first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who threw to the plate to get to González on a run between home and third.
Third baseman Matt Chapman eventually returned the ball to Guerrero, who was by then covering home plate, and González appeared to come off the baseline to avoid a bunt from Guerrero, who also appeared to have tagged González, but the plate umpire Ron Kulpa missed the bunt. Call and González managed to score.
Aaron Hicks, who reached base four times, followed with a single to left field to score Kiner-Falefa and Aaron Judge delivered the Yankees’ third scoring double in the inning for a 7-1 lead.
A two-run homer by Stanton in the ninth made it 9-1.
The Yankees almost got to Manoah in the top of the first.
Hicks led off the game with a walk. Judge struck out before Anthony Rizzo’s single to right sent Hicks to third.
But with runners on the corners, Stanton struck out and Donaldson hit a soft ground ball to Manoah.
Taillon pitched a one-out double by Bichette in the bottom of the inning and a leadoff single by Raimel Tapia in the second. Guerrero led off the bottom of the fourth by rushing to second with a double, but Taillon caught the next three batters.
The Blue Jays finally broke through against Taillon in the fifth.
Alejandro Kirk led off the play with a one-out double to right field. Taillon struck out Santiago Espinal for the second out before George Springer reached on Trevino’s catcher interference and Bichette singled to left to score Kirk from second.
With runners on first and second, Guerrero rolled to second to keep the game from one run.
And after Rizzo’s first-inning single, Manoah retired 15 straight batters before Hicks singled to left field with one out in the sixth.
With Judge at the plate, Hicks was ejected trying to steal second. Judge responded with a rocket home run to the second deck from left to tie the game 1-1.
The 114-mph laser was Judge’s ninth of the year and it came with Judge going 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against Manoah in his career before the at-bat.
The Yankees took Manoah out of the game after six innings and 91 pitches. After the right-hander’s most recent performance, he is 1.52 in four starts against the Yankees.
Taillon, meanwhile, was off to his best start of the year, allowing just one run in six innings.