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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 7: CC Sabathia struggles as Yankees drop series

Three home runs weren’t enough to overcome Sabathia’s bad day.

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Normally when a team hits three home runs in a game, it would be a pretty good day for that team’s offense. That’s not the case when all three are solo home runs. That’s exactly what the Yankees did today. Other than the home runs, they had no answer against J.A. Happ. Add in that CC Sabathia had a pretty bad day, and the game ended in a 7-4 win for the Blue Jays.

Sabathia pitched a flawless first inning, but Toronto got to him in the second. With one out in the inning, Troy Tulowitzki singled. Sabathia then walked Melvin Upton, and allowed a double to Ezequiel Carrera. Darwin Barney added another double, and by the time the inning was over, it was 3-0 Blue Jays.

The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the second. Gary Sanchez followed up his two home run day with another one today. His solo shot into Monument Park made it 3-1. In the fourth, the Yankees got another run back when Starlin Castro hit another solo home run.

However, Toronto extended their lead in the top of the fifth. After Devon Travis singled to lead off the inning, Chase Headley made a couple of mistakes in the field costing the Yankees some outs. On the first, he tried to go to second on a grounder to get the lead runner, but Travis beat the throw. On the second, a grounder was hit to him for what should’ve been a double play. He stepped on third to get the first out, but his throw to first was off, and Tyler Austin couldn’t get it. That put runners at the corners. After Russel Martin brought in a run with a single, Upton hit a three-run home run a couple batters later. At the end of the inning, the Blue Jays led 7-2.

The Yankees cut into that deficit a bit in the sixth. Headley atoned somewhat for his earlier mistakes, and added another solo home run, making it 7-3.

Sabathia wouldn’t come back out for the sixth inning. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and one walk in his six innings. He struck out 12, but other than that, it was not a good day for him.

In the eighth, the Yankees picked up another run. Headley singled in between outs by Brett Gardner and Castro. Sanchez followed that with a single, bringing Aaron Judge to the plate. Judge added a single, scoring a run. The Yankees brought the tying run to the plate in the inning, but they couldn’t cut into the deficit any further.

That would be as close as the Yankees got, as they went down relatively easily in the ninth. The Blue Jays took the game, and the series, with a 7-4 win.

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