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Yankees 5, Blue Jays 9: Jaime Garcia and Bryan Mitchell let the game slip away

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Aaron Judge hits two home runs, but Yankees can’t overcome bad pitching

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s game got away from the Yankees in a hurry as Jaime Garcia put together his worst outing in pinstripes so far. The Yankees found themselves down five runs before the third inning ended. Bryan Mitchell added insult to injury by allowing four more runs to score in the fourth inning. The Yankees chipped away for the rest of the game, but failed to put together the comeback that they needed. The Red Sox also won today, so the Yankees now trail by five games in the division.

For the second day in a row, Toescar Hernandez hit a solo home run to put the Blue Jays on the board. They added another run in the second inning after Kevin Pillar hit a leadoff double, stole third base while Russell Martin was batting, and scored on a Darwin Barney sac fly.

The two-run deficit could have been easy to overcome, but Garcia fell apart in the third inning. After striking out Josh Donaldson, Garcia gave up a double to Justin Smoak, then walked Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales to load the bases. Jonathan Holder took over at that point, but he wasn’t able to get out of the jam before Martin hit a bases-clearing double to right field.

Bryan Mitchell came on to start the fourth inning and just didn’t have it today. He gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Goins then walked Hernandez. Donaldson followed with an RBI single. Mitchell issued another walk to Smoak to load the bases, then surrendered back-to-back RBI singles to Bautista and Morales. For some reason Mitchell remained in the game until he hit the next batter (Pillar). Ben Heller was able to get Martin to ground into a double play to end the inning, but the damage was already done.

The Yankees finally got something going against Marcus Stroman in the fourth inning after he issued back-to-back walks to Chase Headley and Aaron Judge. Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single up the middle to bring Headley home. Unfortunately, the Yankees weren’t able to score any additional runs after Starlin Castro grounded into a force out and Jacoby Ellsbury and Todd Frazier both struck out.

In the sixth inning, Aaron Judge launched his 47th home run of the season to left field. Ellsbury followed with a two-out ground rule double. Frazier drew a walk to keep the inning alive, and Greg Bird hit an RBI double to right. The following inning, Headley singled and Judge blasted another homer to left.

The Yankees head home today to finish up the remaining games of the regular season. Tomorrow they will play a makeup game against the Royals at 1:05 ET. CC Sabathia will make the start opposite of Jakob Junis.

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