Buhrle, Blue Jays fall to Yankees
NEW YORK — To lose 15 games in a row in one ballpark takes a lot of lousy luck.
The Toronto Blue Jays know all about that after dropping their 15th straight at Yankee Stadium with a 7-3 defeat Wednesday night.
For the second night in a row, a short home run to right field proved their undoing.
Brian McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and later added a bases-loaded triple for New York. The night before, Brett Gardner hit one off the foul pole in right, just above the sign indicating the fence is 314 feet from home plate.
I gave up a flyball to right field that’s a two-run homer and we lose the game,“ starter Mark Buehrle said.
”Same thing as yesterday — a little 318-foot flyball that ends up going out. It’s frustrating when you come out and battle, tonight and last night, and pretty much it’s two losses on that short porch in right field.“
The Yankees beat Buehrle for the ninth straight time and took the first two in a three-game series.
Buehrle (10-4) was trying to tie Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors. The left-hander gave up three runs and six hits in six innings and lost his third straight start overall.
Buehrle is 1-11 lifetime against the Yankees, with his lone win coming in 2004 with the Chicago White Sox.
“Maybe we don’t like the bright lights of Broadway, is all I can figure. They definitely have our number,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I thought (Buehrle) did a good job. McCann got him for the two-run homer like Gardner did last night.”
McCann tied his career high with five RBIs.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista had an RBI double in the eighth for his 1,000th career hit.
“Individually it’s a nice number and hopefully I can keep going and get 1,000 more,” Bautista said.
“Even though I am considered a power hitter, 1,000 hits is nothing to not be excited and be proud of — especially the way I began my career bouncing around from team to team.”
McCann’s third big league triple, and first since 2009 with Atlanta, came off left-hander Brett Cecil, who was brought in to face pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki with the Blue Jays down 3-2 in the seventh.
Cecil walked Suzuki with the bases loaded to force in a run before McCann put the game safely out of reach.
McCann was hitting .174 in June before his homer in the fourth, which was estimated at 348 feet — not far enough to clear most fences in the majors. He helped the Yankees respond after the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead on two-out RBI singles by Colby Rasmus and Dioner Navarro in the top half.
Alfonso Soriano’s first-inning single put the Yankees on the board.
New York rookie Chase Whitley (3-0) remained unbeaten in seven starts since making his big league debut this season.
Whitley gave up two runs and five hits in five innings. He walked Melky Cabrera in the fifth, ending his streak of starts without a walk at three. Whitley’s last walk was May 26 against the Cardinals.