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Tanaka struggles as Yankees drop opener to Blue Jays

TORONTO — For the first time in a month, the Yankees dropped their second game in a row. Making their first trip to Toronto this season, Masahiro Tanaka gave up all four runs in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Clint Frazier did his best to atone for his struggles last Sunday with an early two-run home run off of Clayton Richard. It was all the Yankee offense could muster against the Toronto starter all night, however.

New York, though, quickly lost its early lead when Tanaka crumbled in the fifth inning.

Randal Grichuk led off the inning with a homer to cut the Yankee lead in half. Freddy Galvis then took the right-hander deep for a two-run homer to give Toronto the lead, 3-2. And it didn’t stop there.

With two outs, Eric Sogard laced a double to right field before being drive in by Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. with a subsequent RBI-single.

Aaron Hicks led off the eighth inning with a solo shot against Joe Biagini to cut the Yankee deficit to just a run but that was as close as they would get.

New York got two runners on in the ninth but Ken Giles struckout Gleyber Torres to seal the Toronto win and nail down his 11th save of the season.

James Paxton hopes to put the Yankees back in the win column with a matchup against Trent Thornton tomorrow at 7:07 ET.

Current Yankees Record: 38-21