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TORONTO -- For Yankees manager Joe Girardi, too much tinkering with an underperforming lineup can be a dangerous game, like trying to time the market.
But right now, almost all of Girardi's hitters are slumping worse than any Wall Street stock.
Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia each hit two-run home runs, Drew Hutchison won back-to-back starts for the first time and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night, sweeping their two-game series.
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"As a team, we're collectively not getting it done and we need to get better," Girardi said.
Before the game, Girardi said he was resisting the temptation to make change for changes sake, hoping his dormant sluggers would rouse themselves.
"Hitters are going to go through peaks and valleys," he said. "If you start trying to time it, it's probably like trying to time the market."
After a five-hit performance that saw his team went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, Girardi insisted he wasn't losing faith.
"Offenses are going to go through that," he said. "I've got to tell you, it's no fun when you're going through it. The guys don't look like they're having a lot of fun. But they're doing their work and they're preparing and it'll change.
New York lost its third straight and fell to 0-9 this season when failing to hit at least one home run. The Yankees, who have scored 12 total runs in nine losses this month, dropped a half-game behind Toronto and into fourth place in the AL East.
Like New York's hitting woes, that slip in the standings was of little concern to shortstop Derek Jeter.
"I'm not going to look at the scoreboard now," Jeter said. "You drive yourself crazy if you start looking at the scoreboard in the middle of May. I don't see anybody popping champagne in the middle of May, just like I don't see anyone hanging their heads in the middle of May."
Making only his sixth major-league start, Hutchison (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, matching his longest outing. He walked four and struck out three.
"The kid's aggressive," Girardi said. "He's got some deception to his fastball. He's got some movement. He's not afraid to throw strikes."
Jeter and Granderson had back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth but Cano flied out and Mark Teixeira popped out to end the threat.
"We should have scored a few runs early, that was the problem," Teixeira said.
Toronto took the lead for good in the third when Bautista followed Yunel Escobar's single with a towering blast to left, his second homer in as many nights and his 10th this season.
Bautista has connected five times in his past seven games. He went 2 for 4, boosting his average to .207.
"If going deep five times in seven games isn't locked in then we're in for a real treat if he's yet to click in," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Bautista's drive came off New York righty Phil Hughes (3-5), who lost for the first time in three starts. Hughes allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
"I didn't really have a feel for my breaking ball at all," Hughes said. "It was a struggle and I was just trying to keep us in the game."
Arencibia gave the Blue Jays some extra cushion when he drilled a two-out drive to left off Cory Wade in the seventh, his fifth. Like Bautista, Arencibia also went deep in Toronto's 8-1 victory against New York on Wednesday, a game that featured four Blue Jays home runs.
|Robinson Cano, who drives in the Yankees' only run, gets twisted up after swinging and missing here. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.363|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.257|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.303|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.228|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.255|
|Nick Swisher, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.252|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Andruw Jones, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.211|
|Russell Martin, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (5, Hutchison), Robinson Cano (15, Hutchison), Eric Chavez (2, Hutchison)|
|RBI - Robinson Cano (15)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Derek Jeter (3, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|Phil Hughes (L,3-5)||5.1||7||2||2||2||5||1||5.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 107-66, Cory Wade 22-15, Freddy Garcia 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 2-10, Cory Wade 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 26, Cory Wade 7, Freddy Garcia 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||6||.260|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.248|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||2||2||2||0||2||2||.207|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.275|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.243|
|Ben Francisco, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.203|
|Yan Gomes, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.667|
|Omar Vizquel, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|2B - Ben Francisco (2, Hughes), Rajai Davis (4, Hughes)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (10, Hughes), J.P. Arencibia (5, Wade)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (22), J.P. Arencibia 2 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.P. Arencibia 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Johnson-Encarnacion|
|E - J.P. Arencibia (3, Dropped fly)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Drew Hutchison (W,3-1)||6||5||1||1||4||3||0||4.81|
|Jason Frasor (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.93|
|Darren Oliver (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.38|
|Casey Janssen (S,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.77|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 95-58, Jason Frasor 15-8, Darren Oliver 7-5, Casey Janssen 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 7-7, Jason Frasor 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-2, Casey Janssen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 26, Jason Frasor 3, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 3|
|Attendance - 31266|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|