Yankees shut out by Blue Jays, stumble into series vs. Red Sox

TORONTO — Maybe heading home to face the red-hot Red Sox will wake up these Yankees.

Because the Bombers looked pretty lifeless on Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Yankees simply couldn’t get a key hit in a big spot, and finished their road trip 3-4 after being shut out for the third time this season.

After having to wait a week between starts, Sonny Gray wasn’t as sharp as he was in his Yankee debut in Cleveland, but he was still effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Gray has now gone eight consecutive starts of at least six innings pitched and two earned runs or fewer.

But he got no run support.

Sonny Gray lost his second straight start since being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline.

Sonny Gray lost his second straight start since being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline.

(Kevin Sousa/USA Today Sports)

Marco Estrada threw seven shutout innings for the Blue Jays, working in and out of trouble all evening long.  

PLAY OF THE GAME

Ezequiel Carrera’s impressive headfirst slide to beat a tag from Gary Sanchez in the second inning. After Carrera doubled and reached third on Sonny Gray’s errant pickoff throw, Ryan Goins hit a slow roller out in front of the plate. Gray charged and flipped the ball home with his glove, but Carrera slid outside and touched the plate with his hand to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

TURNING POINT

Aaron Judge appeared more upset than usual after taking called strike three on a pitch he felt was low with runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth inning. It marked Judge’s 27th consecutive game with at least one K. Adam Dunn holds the record by position players, 32, set in 2012. It was also emblematic of how the night went for the Yankees at the plate.

STAR OF THE GAME

Marco Estrada, who came in with an 8.22 ERA against the Yankees over his previous three starts this season.

MANDATORY CREDIT

Ezequiel Carrera scores ahead of the tag by catcher Gary Sanchez during the second inning.

(Fred Thornhill/AP)

STAT OF THE DAY

11The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

UNSUNG HERO

Garrett Cooper finished with eight hits in the series — including two more on Thursday night.

M.I.A.

The Yankees offense. 

UP NEXT

Friday vs. Boston, 7:05 p.m. Jaime Garcia (1-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 4.08).

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