Michael Pineda gave up 2 HR in the first inning to put the Yanks into an early 3-0 hole and the Yanks couldn’t climb out of it in losing 7-5 to Toronto Friday night.
The loss puts the Yanks at 31-21.
Pineda gave up a solo HR to Josh Donaldson and a 2-run HR to Justin Smoak in the first inning.
Toronto added runs in the third and fourth to go up 5-0.
The Yanks made it a game again in the sixth when Aaron Judge (18) and Starlin Castro (8) each hit two-run homers.
But every time the Yanks inched closer, the bullpen gave up another run.
After the Yanks made it 5-4 in the top of the sixth, Jonathan Holder gave up Josh Donaldson’s second HR of the game to make it 6-4 Toronto.
The Yanks got a run in the seventh to make it 6-5 on an RBI double by Matt Holliday.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Adam Warren gave a run back, 7-5 Toronto and that’s how the game ended.
Pineda (L, 6-3, 3.76) 5 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave Up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.52
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.60
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.60
Judge and Castro each with 2-run HRs. 2 hits for Hicks.
The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.