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TOR@NYY: Bautista starts double play with great catch

NEW YORK -- Jo-Jo Reyes' string of bad luck continued on Wednesday afternoon with a disappointing outing against the Yankees.

Reyes battled control problems through three inconsistent innings before getting the early hook.

The 26-year-old surrendered five runs in just three innings, while Yankees left fielder Andruw Jones hit a pair of home runs to send the Blue Jays to a 7-3 loss in front of 43,201 at Yankee Stadium.

"Never got into my rhythm, wasn't locating the fastball like I have the past few starts," Reyes said of his struggles.

"You can't walk guys, you can't fall behind in the count, in the hitter's count. Today, that's what I did, and mistakes happen."

Reyes allowed at least one run in each of the three innings he pitched. He has now gone 28 consecutive starts without a victory, which ties the Major League record set by Oakland's Matt Keough in 1978-79 and Cliff Curtis with the Boston Braves in 1910-11.

The California native's problems against New York began in the first inning. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson to open the game, putting the Yankees in front by one.

The following inning, Reyes issued a leadoff walk before eventually allowing a two-run home run to Jones. It was just the fourth home run Reyes has surrendered in 10 starts this season, but it gave the Yankees an early 3-0 lead.

There was more trouble in the third. Reyes allowed another double to Granderson before Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot over the wall in left field. It was Teixeira's 13th homer of the season, and it came on the first pitch.

Reyes (0-4) finished the inning, but did not come back out to start the fourth. He was charged with five runs on five hits while walking two on 59 pitches.

The main problem stemmed for an inability to get ahead in the count, which left the Yankees ready to pounce at the plate.

"Consistent location, consistent command, both behind in the count and elevated a couple of changeups that cost him," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said when asked what was lacking.

"He pitched behind in the count a few times, elevated a couple of pitches -- obviously with the two-run homers to Jones and Teixeira. [He] wasn't as sharp as he has been."

Despite Reyes' constant woes in the win column, he entered Wednesday's outing on a bit of a roll. Reyes had allowed just two earned runs in his past 12 2/3 innings and had posted a 3.06 ERA in his past six starts.

Those numbers took a hit against New York, as he received his fourth loss of the season. Reyes also drops to 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in four career starts in New York.

Wednesday's outing was his shortest start since April 27 against the Rangers, and the most walks he has surrendered since April 16 against the Red Sox.

"Just locating the fastball," Reyes said when asked what the difference was this time around. "The past four [starts], I've been able to spot the fastball, get ahead, and use the offspeed when I needed to, and offspeed wasn't really consistent today.

"The outs that I did get were fastballs in. I wasn't able to get to the offspeed pitch as much as I wanted to. It wasn't as consistent as it has been."

The Blue Jays (24-25) were unable to generate much offense off Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (3-4). The veteran right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fifth quality start of the season.

Toronto's first run didn't come until the fifth inning, with the club already trailing, 5-0. Corey Patterson hit a one-out double to the gap in right-center, and he later scored on an RBI single by Juan Rivera, who extended his hitting streak to seven games.

The Blue Jays then added two more in the seventh, with rookie Eric Thames hitting an RBI double and later scoring. In total, though, the club managed to go just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, which proved to be its downfall.

"[Garcia] located well, but we had plenty of baserunners," said Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who went 1-for-4. "At least when it comes to my at-bats, I should have done a better job. Twice with men in scoring position and less than two [outs], I just didn't come through.

"We didn't get the timely hits when we needed them."

Toronto won the first game of its series at Yankee Stadium, but dropped the final two. It marked the first time since May 1-3 that the club had lost consecutive road games.

The Blue Jays have now dropped four of their past six games, but are still 9-5 in their last 14.

"The five runs dug ourselves a hole early on," Farrell said. "Garcia had us on our front foot for most of the day, as far as his offspeed stuff, and I thought we expanded the zone at times.

"We continued to battle, but the five runs early was a big hole to come back from." Comments