Dunedin, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Eduardo Nunez and Carlos Beltran hit back-to-back homers in the third inning to power the New York Yankees to an 8-2 triumph over the Toronto Blue Jays in Sunday’s Grapefruit League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Catcher JR Murphy added a three-run shot while right fielder Adonis Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Yankees improved to 3-2 in spring training.
Left-hander Vidal Nuno got the start for the Yankees, allowing two hits while striking out three. However, he gave up a solo shot to Jose Bautista, who crushed his second homer of the spring.
Bryan Mitchell got the win after giving up three hits with three strikeouts in two scoreless frames for the Yankees.
Right-hander Todd Redmond absorbed the loss after giving up homers to Beltran and Nunez. He was saddled with three earned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout for the Jays, who slipped to 3-2.
“I just left a couple of pitches up,” said Redmond, who allowed three runs on three hits over two innings. “I got underneath my slider to Nunez and just left the fastball over the plate to [Beltran].”
“Just a couple of pitches that I got underneath, and the second inning I got more on top of it and was able to finish my pitches better,” Redmond added.
Melky Cabrera had another productive day for Toronto, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Jose Reyes and Adam Lind had a double each.