TORONTO — Two starts into his Yankees career, Sonny Gray might be wondering what the person who dubbed his new team the Bronx Bombers was smoking.
In his Yankees debut last week, his new teammates provided Gray with one run in addition to committing three errors in the first inning. At least he was pitted against Indians’ ace Corey Kluber.
Thursday night at Rogers Center, Gray battled control issues and made a costly throwing error, but again watched the Yankees’ bats go soft in a 4-0 loss that was witnessed by 43,212.
Marco Estrada (5-7), who the Yankees punished twice in three games this season, threw seven shutout innings.
The loss dropped the second-place Yankees 4 ½ lengths back of the AL East-leading Red Sox who are on an eight-game winning streak and open a three-game series in The Bronx on Friday night. It’s the Yankees’ largest deficit since July 14 when they were 4 ½ lengths back.
Aaron Hicks returned from the disabled list but did nothing to help the Yankees avoid being blanked for the third time this season. Hicks went 0-for-5.
Jose Bautista’s towering home run to left with two outs in the seventh off Chasen Shreve upped the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-0.
Gray tied a season-high with four walks in six innings, gave up four hits and three runs (two earned). He is 0-2 as a Yankee.
After getting four hits Wednesday night and two hits in two at-bats Thursday evening, Garrett Cooper joined multiple teammates in failing in the clutch.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth and the Blue Jays leading 3-0, Cooper flied to left after Jacoby Ellsbury was retired on a foul pop.
The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts looking to raise his total to 149. Judge has fanned at least once in the past 27 games.
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