Coming off of a tough loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, in which the Jays ended a 17-game losing streak in the Bronx, the Yankees sent rookie right-hander Shane Greene to the mound in the final game of a 10-game homestand.
The Yankees fell behind early, tied it up, fell behind again, tied it up again, then fell behind again, as they couldn't come back one more time, falling to the Blue Jays, 5-4, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Toronto never scored more than one run in an inning, and wasted no time getting on the board in the 1st. Jose Reyes reached on an infield single to open the game, then Melky Cabrera doubled off of Greene to put runners on first and second base for Jose Bautista, who grounded out to the first baseman, Brian McCann, to give the Jays a 1-0 lead.
Greene was a little more calm on the mound after the first inning, and didn't concede another run until Juan Francisco blasted a solo homerun in the 5th inning, extending the Jays' lead to 2-0.
The Yankees finally got to Blue Jays starter JA Happ in the bottom half of the 5th, using back-to-back one-out homeruns from Chase Headley -- his first since joining the Bombers -- and Francisco Cervelli to tie the game at 2-2.
The Blue Jays added one more run against Greene in the 6th on an RBI double by Colby Rasmus, bringing in Dan Johnson, who singled to left a batter earlier, putting the Jays back up by a run. Rasmus was the final hitter that Greene would face, as Joe Girardi brought in David Huff to get out of the 6th, which he did by retiring the next two hitters. Greene was charged with three runs on eight hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
After falling behind in the top half of the inning, the Yankees answered back with a run to tie the game again in the bottom of the 6th. Derek Jeter collected a one-out single ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, who walked to force Happ out of the game. Brett Cecil came on for the Jays to face Carlos Beltran, who grounded into a fielder's choice at third base for the second out of the inning. A batter later, McCann hit a groundball over to second base, but the low throw to first got away from the first baseman, letting Ellsbury to score with everybody safe.
After Dellin Betances worked out of a bases loaded jam unharmed in the 7th inning, he walked Rasmus to open the 8th inning. Rasmus moved over to third base when Betances' attempted pickoff throw went wild, running down the first base side. And sure enough, Munenori Kawasaki hit a sac-fly to left to score Rasmus, putting the Jays up 4-3.
Beltran, for the time being, saved the day to put even the score once more on a two-out RBI single into center field, scoring Brett Gardner, who singled to open the inning before moving over to second on a sac-bunt by Jeter.
However, David Robertson, who hadn't given up a run since his ugly blown save against the Minnesota Twins on June 1, let in the go-ahead run for the Jays in the 9th. Bautista grounded into a fielder's choice, stole second base, then scored on an RBI double by Dioner Navarro.
After a 7-1 start to the homestand, losing the last two games to the Blue Jays makes things seem a lot worse than they really were. The Yankees will now hit the road for a week, and begin a three-game series in Texas tomorrow with David Phelps and Yu Darvish on the mound for their respective teams.