Blue Jays 8, Yankees 1

Looking for a common theme in the New York Yankees’ eight losses

this month? Look no further than the poor results with runners in

scoring position.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, J.P. Arencibia added a

two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 8-1 on

Wednesday night.

New York has scored 11 total runs in eight May losses and, after

a 1-for-8 showing Wednesday, is just 3 for 53 with runners in

scoring position in those games.

”We just have not hit with runners in scoring position on a

consistent basis,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Catcher Russell Martin acknowledged some Yankees were trying to

do too much at the plate.

”We got in a hole and then it seemed like every hitter was

trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on,” Martin said.

”That’s not how you win ballgames.”

The Yankees dropped to 1-13 when scoring three runs or fewer,

and 0-8 when failing to hit a home run. New York is the only team

in the majors this season to not win a game in which they did not


Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson added solo home runs as the Blue

Jays tagged Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for seven runs,

matching a career-high.

”At times (Kuroda) threw the ball really well but when he got a

ball up, they didn’t miss it,” Girardi said.

Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek (3-4) snapped a four-start

losing streak, scattering three hits over seven innings to win for

the first time since April 15 against Baltimore. He walked four and

struck out five.

Using a hard sinker, Drabek got 13 of his 21 outs on ground


”That sinker was really working,” New York’s Mark Teixeira

said. ”You don’t want to say (Roy) Halladay because Halladay is a

special pitcher but I felt like Halladay was out there tonight

because (Drabek) just wasn’t getting the ball up in the zone at


Luis Perez worked the eighth and Francisco Cordero finished for


Arencibia had three hits and scored twice, helping Toronto snap

a three-game losing streak and giving the Blue Jays their seventh

win in their past 11 home games against the Yankees.

”More important was keeping the momentum on our side, Kyle

going out and putting up a zero each time, but this was a good

offensive night for us,” Toronto manager John Farrell said.

Kuroda (3-5) allowed eight hits and a season-high three homers

in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Arencibia got the Blue Jays started with a two-out drive to left

in the second inning, his fourth. Encarnacion made it 5-0 with a

two-out shot to center in the third, his 13th of the season and

second in as many days.

”I almost got out of the inning but both times I gave up home

runs with two outs,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. ”I wish

I could take those pitches back.”

Arencibia doubled and scored on a two-out single by Johnson in

the fourth and Bautista drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck

in left in the sixth, his ninth.

New York broke up Drabek’s shutout bid in the sixth when

Teixeira singled home Robinson Cano, who had doubled. Teixeira’s

hit was the 1,500th of his career, while Cano’s double was his


Johnson restored Toronto’s seven-run lead with a milestone hit

in the seventh, smacking a leadoff drive to right off Clay Rapada,

his 100th career home run and eighth this season.

NOTES: New York SS Derek Jeter got the day off and was replaced

by Jayson Nix, with Curtis Granderson moving up to the leadoff

spot. It was Jeter’s first day off this season. … Yankees RHP

Ivan Nova (right ankle) did not throw his scheduled bullpen session

Wednesday but is expected to throw a side session Thursday. Girardi

said he still expects Nova to make his next scheduled start,

Saturday against Cincinnati. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie was

suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for Tuesday

night’s altercation with umpire Bill Miller. Lawrie is appealing

and can play until there is a hearing, which could be held next

week via video conference. … The Blue Jays were unsuccessful in

detaining the fan who hit Miller on the shoulder with a cup of beer

as the umpires walked off the field Tuesday. Umpires and stadium

security pointed at the fan, but he managed to evade security as he

exited the building. … OF Vladimir Guerrero, who signed a minor

league contract with Toronto last week, has started taking batting

practice at extended spring training in Florida and could see his

first game action next week.