TORONTO – A solid start from Mark Buehrle against a team that’s dominated him his entire career, and Jose Bautista’s third home run in three games were gone to waste in one sloppy inning on Friday as the New York Yankees downed the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run seventh inning for the Yankees (69-63), while Brett Gardner and Chase Headley also picked up RBIs.
Despite being 1-12 with a 6.15 ERA in his career against New York, Buehrle was on his game early – retiring the first eight Yankees he faced before second baseman Stephen Drew lined a ball over Kevin Pillar’s head in centre for a double in the top of the third.
The first three innings Buehrle needed only 36 pitches – including 24 for strikes – and in the second he used just six pitches to put out Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. The Missouri native sat down 13 of the 15 batters he faced through five.
Everything fell apart, however, in the seventh.
With Toronto (67-66) leading 1-0, McCann opened the inning with a double to right field and Buehrle gave up his only walk of the night to the next hitter, Beltran, to put two on with nobody out.
© The Canadian Press, 2014