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Yankees 3, Blue Jays 4: Solo home run barrage dooms Yankees

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The Blue Jays took the series over the Yankees thanks to a late run-scoring outburst spearheaded by three home runs.

This game could not have been going any better early on. The Yankees picked up three early runs and Brandon McCarthy appeared to be cruising again. But a barrage of home runs for the Blue Jays got them right back in it. And when they took the lead, the Yankees could never get it back and fell to Toronto 4-3.

The Yankees got more production in the first batter of the game than they did in all of yesterday's. Brett Gardner led off the game with a home run to get the Yankees out to a quick 1-0 lead.

A couple innings later, the Yankees added to their lead. Martin Prado led off the fourth inning with a single. Three batters later, he moved to third when Chase Headley singled. Francisco Cervelli then added another single, scoring a run and making it 2-0.

And then an inning later, the Yankees picked up more. With one out, Gardner drove one into the gap in left-center field. Gardner easily made it into third with a triple. Then, the Blue Jays' throw to third got away and went into the dugout, allowing Gardner to score and make it 3-0.

McCarthy looked pretty fantastic for most of the first six innings, but the Blue Jays eventually started to get to him in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs in the inning, Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run to cut the Yankee lead to two runs. That brought Jose Bautista up to the plate. He too would hit a massive home run off McCarthy. And just like that, the score was 3-2.

McCarthy came back out to start the seventh inning, but the Blue Jays started where they left off in the sixth. Edwin Encarnacion led off the seventh with another home run and the game was tied. McCarthy then walked Dioner Navarro, which would be it for him. McCarthy's day was going rather well for a while, but it didn't end well. He went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Dellin Betances came in for him. Betances struck the first two hitters out, but Munenori Kawaski punched a single to score pinch-runner Steve Tolleson, who had stolen second earlier in the at bat. Betances came back and struck out Jose Reyes, but the Blue Jays now led 4-3.

In the top of the eighth, the Yankees got two runners on, but they couldn't bring any home. Dellin remained in the game to pitch the bottom of the eighth. He allowed a single to Adam Lind, but it was a scoreless inning from Betances.

The bottom of the Yankees lineup was due up in the top of the ninth. After Stephen Drew popped one up for the first out, Jacoby Ellsbury was sent up as a pinch hitter. Ellsbury managed to drop one into no-man's land in shallow left field and make it to second with a double. Gardner, who was a single away from the cycle, came up next but he could only ground out moving a pinch-running Ichiro Suzuki to third. That left the game up to Derek Jeter. Jeter could only hit a soft liner to second to end the game. It started off promising, but the Yankees dropped their second in a row and the Blue Jays got a 4-3 win.

The Yankees have the day off tomorrow before heading to Boston to take on the Red Sox in a series starting Tuesday.

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