Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro went deep for the Yankees, but Michael Pineda allowed a pair of homers and the Yankees' bullpen allowed two more runs in a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday. >> Click here for a full box score...
Pineda allowed 10 hits in five innings and walked three batters. Jonathan Holder pitched the sixth and allowed a home run, while Adam Warren pitched the seventh and allowed the Blue Jays' seventh and final run.
Castro and Judge both went deep during the Yankees' four-run sixth inning, which pulled the Yankees to within one run. The Blue Jays went on to tack on two more insurance runs to secure the win.
The Yankees went 0-for-9 in scoring position in the game, while Toronto went 0-for-7.
Pineda's streak of quality starts ends at five with his first truly poor outing since his first of the season. To that end, it is hard to come down hard on Pineda here. Toronto's offense is among the best in the game, one that can get to any pitcher on a given day.
The good news is the Yankees offense doesn't let up and fought the game back to within one run. This has been a running theme for the season, one that is completely sustainable. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn't push the game to a tie before the Blue Jays tacked on a run in part due to a mental error by Chris Carter and Adam Warren's inability to bottle up the damage.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. Jordan Montgomery (2-4, 4.11 ERA) is slated to face Joe Biagini (1-3, 3.64 ERA)