TORONTO (CBSNewYork/AP) — A rare off night by the offense left the New York Yankees back-to-back losers for the first time in more than a month.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run, Randal Grichuk added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off New York 4-3 Tuesday night to end a season-worst six-game slide.
“We needed that one,” Galvis said
Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, whose last consecutive defeats came April 30 and May 1 at Arizona. The Yankees lost 8-5 to Boston on Sunday.
New York failed to score at least four runs for the first time in 15 games, a streak that began May 19. The Yankees went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
“We weren’t able to score enough,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gleyber Torres with two on in the ninth to wrap his 11th save, and Eric Sogard had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time since beating San Diego on May 26. Toronto went winless on a six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Colorado.
The Blue Jays scored just three total runs in their final two losses in Colorado, but they topped that with a four-run fifth against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka (3-5) lost his second straight start, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.
“The home run ball hurt him on a couple of hanging sliders,” Boone said. “That was kind of the difference tonight.”
The home run has been a constant problem for Tanaka throughout his Yankee career. He’s now given up 11 through 13 starting this season.
Making matter worse for New York’s starting rotation, J.A. Happ has also been serving up homers at an alarming rate; 15 in just 12 starts this season. Those poor numbers may be leading the Yankees to take a serious look at signing free agent starter Dallas Keuchel.
Daniel Hudson (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and Giles got the final four outs.
Frazier opened the scoring with a two-run drive off left-hander Clayton Richard in the fourth, his 11th. Earlier in the day, Frazier expressed a mix of defiance and remorse in his first public comments since three defensive mistakes in the last innings of a loss to Boston last weekend.
Frazier said his homer “felt good,” and was “much-needed,” but denied using the discussion around him as fuel.
“I don’t need motivation through articles that are written,” he said.
Hicks homered off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his second.
Catcher Gary Sánchez remained in the game after being struck on the left arm by a bat in the second.
OF Giancarlo Stanton (left biceps strain, left shoulder) got nine at-bats in a simulated game and went through running drills at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Stanton played catch and fielded grounders in right field with Aaron Judge, who has been sidelined since April 21 by a strained left oblique.
RHP Luis Severino (right shoulder) made 50 throws from 60 feet Monday is expected to do the same Wednesday. There’s no date for Severino to throw off the mound.
RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder) is expected to face live hitters in Tampa on Wednesday.
LHP James Paxton (3-2, 2.81) is 3-1 with a 4.01 ERA in four career starts in Toronto. He pitched a no-hitter for Seattle at Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018.
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