The Yankees’ staff gave up 27 runs as New York dropped two of three to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jose Contreras allowed eight runs in 5 1-3 innings to fall to 0-4 in his career against Boston as New York suffered a 9-6 loss in the series finale on Sunday.
“He wasn’t good right from the get-go,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “We had a two-run lead and he just wasn’t aggressive enough.”
Vazquez, who turned 28 Sunday, has struggled in July, going 2-1 with a 7.29 ERA in four starts for the Yankees. The right-hander was roughed up for eight runs in 4 1-3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on July 16. He bounced back in his last start, allowing three runs and nine hits in six innings as New York beat Toronto 10-3 on Wednesday.
Delgado hit a three-run homer to become the first Toronto player to drive in 1,000 runs, and David Bush got his first major league win Sunday in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
“Today is today. Whatever happens at the end of the year we’ll deal with that later,” said Delgado, who is in the last year of a $68 million, four-year contract. “Right now, it was a good day. We won the game, and I got to 1,000 RBI, which is great.”
Toronto’s career leader in home runs and RBIs, Delgado went 1-for-4, raising his average to .208.
Delgado entered in a 9-for-60 slump since being activated from the disabled list on July 6. He missed 33 games with a strained ribcage.
“When you lose six weeks, you can’t do in two months what you can do in four,” he said. “All I want to do is finish up strong.”
Toronto lost both games against New York in Yankee Stadium last week. The two teams will play 17 more times this season.