Ivan Nova allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings and the bullpen faltered as the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays, 8-4, at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night >> Read the full recap at SNY.TV
- Brett Gardner's run-scoring force out in the third inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
- Ryan Goins hit a two-run double off Nova in the fourth as the Blue Jays went up, 2-1.
- Russell Martin's solo homer in the sixth inning extended Toronto's lead to 3-1 and Michael Saunders' two-run homer in the top of the seventh made it 5-1, Blue Jays.
- Chasen Shreve struggled, allowing three runs on three hits in an inning of work.
- Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius hit home runs in the seventh inning to draw the Yankees within, 7-3.
For the first time in seven games the Yankees failed to get a quality start from a member of the rotation and the six-game winning streak is no longer. In all honesty, Nova's fate was altered by others in this one after striking out a season-high eight batters.
The Yankees' offense which has been coming up with timely hits of late, failed to take advantage of a bases-loaded situation with no one out in the third inning, scoring just one run. It seemed then, and rang true, that it would prove costly.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Chase Headley failed to come up with a slow roller that turned into a hit and was immediately followed by a two-run double. Southpaw Chasen Shreve allowed a two-run home run to left-handed hitting Michael Saunders with an inherited runner of Nova's on base. Two batters later Shreve's implosion continued when he allowed another two-run homer and widened the deficit.
Nova deserved better.
The Yankees wrap up their three-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. ET. CC Sabathia (3.41 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) will face J.A. Happ (3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP).