This was a back and forth affair with the Yankees leaving eight RISP. The Yankees had runners on six of the nine innings and, what seems to be a recurring theme, could not get the big hit.
CC Sabathia started the game and didn't seem to have his best stuff allowing five runs (only two earned) on nine hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Toronto's starter J.A. Happ went five innings and gave up four runs on four hits, he struck out six and walked five. The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to extend or re-take the lead in this game, but they never came through when it counted. The Yankees played a sloppy game making three errors that led to four unearned runs
Derek Jeter started the first inning off with a single, Nick Swisher walked and one batter later scored on an Andruw Jones single to put New York up 2-0.
Toronto would score in the top of third after a Jayson Nix error would open the flood gates for three unearned runs. Back-to back RBI singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind and a double by Yunel Escobar would give Toronto the, 3-2 lead.
New York would take the lead right back in bottom of the inning with a double by Curtis Granderson scoring two.
The Blue Jays went ahead 5-4 on a two run blast from Escobar in the sixth. Toronto tacked on another run with a safety squeeze in the seventh giving them a two run lead.
New York would make some noise in the bottom of the eighth after a pinch hit double by Raul Ibanez he would score on a double by Russell Martin getting the Yankees within one. Ichiro Suzuki would fail to get Martin to third, Eric Chavez would strike out and Jeter would fly out to left to end the threat.
In the top of ninth Toronto loaded the bases with one out when Jones dove for a ball and it popped out of his glove when he hit the ground allowing two runs to score extending the Blue Jays lead, 8-5. Joba Chamberlain would then hit a batter to re-load the bases, but get the final two outs to get out of the inning.
New York went down one-two-three in the ninth and now have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games. Sabathia would incur his fourth loss of the season.
The Yankees are 0-46 when trailing after eight innings, the only team in the Major Leagues that has no late come back wins.
New York has an off day tomorrow before hosting the Baltimore Orioles for a weekend series. Currently the Orioles are 3 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
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