The New York Yankees (12-6) suffered their third consecutive loss of the season, falling 5-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays (10-8) on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon struggled despite a lively fastball. The Blue Jays managed to increase his pitch count early in the game, leading to Rodon’s early exit. The Yankees offense couldn’t find an answer for Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi, who allowed one run, four hits, and one walk while striking out nine in 6.0 innings.

The Yankees attempted a comeback in the ninth inning but fell short, scoring one run but ultimately losing the game.

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Yankees rally falls short in loss to Blue Jays

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 1
TOR 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 8 0

Top performers of the game

  • LF Alex Verdugo: He made a few nice plays in left field and had two doubles, including one in the top of the ninth inning.
  • C Jose Trevino: Tuesday night’s backstop threw out one runner and had three RBI.
  • RP Nick Burdi: He was effectively erratic, tossing 1.2 innings pitched of scoreless ball, including two walks and two strike outs on 29 pitches (15 strikes).

Aaron Judge’s struggles continue

Aaron Judge continued to struggle in Tuesday’s game, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. His performance added to a disappointing start to the season where he has only five hits in his last 33 at-bats.

Carlos Rodon’s laboring start

Carlos Rodon had a challenging outing, unable to generate many strikeouts while the Blue Jays extended at-bats with foul balls. Despite touching 98 MPH on his fastball, Rodon couldn’t get the key outs to end innings.

Final line for Rodon:

IP H R (ER) BB K HR Pitches- Strikes Whiffs
Carlos Rodon 4.0 5 3 (3) 4 5 0 101 – 62 10

Quick Hits

  • This is the first series the Yankees have lost this season, and they now have lost three games in a row.
  • Oswaldo Cabrera’s double in the fifth inning was the first extra-base hit for the Yankees in the series.
  • Anthony Volpe struck out three times in a game for the first time since Aug. 29 and had four strikeouts in total.
  • Gleyber Torres’ defensive struggles continue, contributing to runs scored by the Blue Jays.
  • Carlos Rodon heavily relied on his fastball during the game.
  • The top of the order struggled, going 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts and no walks.
  • The Yankees had won three straight series in Toronto before this one.

What’s Next?

The Yankees and Blue Jays will finish the series Wednesday night with Marcus Stroman pitching for New York and Kevin Gausman for Toronto.