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Blue Jays take two of three against Yankees in Toronto

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Right when the New York Yankees really need him, Hiroki Kuroda is struggling.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run, rookie Todd Redmond snapped a seven-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kuroda and the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jays took two out of three from New York after losing 12 of their first 13 meetings this season. They're 3-3 against the Yankees at home and 0-10 on the road.

Kuroda (11-10) lost for the fourth time in five starts and gave up seven runs for the second straight outing, matching his career high for the seventh time. Five of the seven runs off Kuroda were earned. He allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out four.

"The movement of my balls is not there as before," Kuroda said through a translator. "I've been hit squarely. There are cases where I jam them and it ends up being a single."

Kuroda lost just once in nine starts between June 13 and July 31, then went 1-4 in five August starts.

"To not have my stuff at this stage of the season is pretty frustrating," Kuroda said.

Catcher Chris Stewart said Kuroda was better against Toronto than in his previous start at Tampa Bay, where he gave up seven runs and four homers in six innings.

"He's just making bad pitches every once in a while and they're not missing them," Stewart said. "Today he wasn't overly bad, he was better today than the past couple of ones."

Kuroda came in 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his previous five starts against the Blue Jays, but couldn't bring an end to his recent road struggles, falling to 0-4 with a 6.94 ERA in his past four starts away from home.

"He's struggling a little bit right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We need him to turn it around and I believe he will his next start."

Girardi acknowledged that continued struggles by Kuroda and right-hander Phil Hughes, who is winless in nine starts, will make it "really, really hard" for the Yankees in their chase for a wild card berth.

New York is 19-19 since the All-Star break, and has lost 10 of 15 road games in August.

"Any loss at this point in the season is rough on us," catcher Chris Stewart said. "Time is ticking away and we don't really have much room for error."

Redmond (2-2) left to a standing ovation after striking out Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez to begin the sixth inning. He allowed two runs and three hits, walked four and struck out seven for his first victory since beating Minnesota on July 7.

"He's got a little deception to him because of his arm angle," Girardi said of Redmond. "Sometimes his fastball runs, sometimes it goes up, his slider was pretty good tonight."

Aaron Loup worked 1 1/3 innings, Sergio Santos pitched the eighth and Darren Oliver finished for the Blue Jays.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was held out of the lineup, one day after being hit by a pitch on the left hand. Manager Joe Girardi said Cano was still dealing with pain and swelling, but said he hoped to have the five-time All-Star back for Friday night's game against Baltimore. The Yankees are off Thursday.

New York's Eduardo Nunez, who left Tuesday's game with a sore right knee, was scratched from the lineup after he felt sore during batting practice. Mark Reynolds made his first career start at second.

"He couldn't run full speed," Girardi said of Nunez, who will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Toronto took advantage of a throwing error by Stewart in a four-run, two out rally in the first. Brett Lawrie hit a two-run double and Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch before J.P. Arencibia reached on a two-strike passed ball. Lawrie and Davis both scored when Stewart's errant throw to first rolled into foul territory down the right field line.

"I called a slider and he threw a fastball," Stewart said. "I was expecting it to break down and away and it just stayed right over the middle of the plate and went off my glove. I tried to force the issue after that, I probably should have just eaten the ball."

The Blue Jays made it 6-0 when Encarnacion clubbed his 34th home run in the second, a towering two-run shot to left. A seventh run scored on Jose Reyes' sacrifice fly in the third.

Redmond said he appreciated the cushion provided by his offense in the first two innings.

"It gives you a lot of confidence," he said. "To come out with an early lead enables you to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters."

New York broke through against Redmond in the fourth, when Rodriguez hit an RBI single. One out later, Reynolds hit an RBI double, but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first.

Rodriguez finished 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Notes

The Yankees struck out 13 times, one shy of their season high for a nine-inning game. ... Girardi said Hughes remains on track to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Hughes has not won since July 2 at Minnesota. ... Toronto RHP Steve Delabar (shoulder) threw one perfect inning for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays on Wednesday, his first rehab appearance.

 
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Hiroki Kuroda's recent struggles continue as the Yankees starter loses for the fourth time in his last five starts.  (USATSI)
Hiroki Kuroda's recent struggles continue as the Yankees starter loses for the fourth time in his last five starts. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Toronto

B. Lawrie
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF2000221 .268
Derek Jeter, SS4010022 .226
Curtis Granderson, DH3100112 .273
Alfonso Soriano, LF3100131 .258
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4011030 .282
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000012 .247
Mark Reynolds, 2B4031000 .220
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000003 .268
Chris Stewart, C3000011 .220
Totals31252413  
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (1, Redmond), Mark Reynolds (9, Redmond)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (9), Mark Reynolds (54)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Chris Stewart (2, Throwing)
PB - Chris Stewart (8)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L,11-10) 5975141 2.89
Joba Chamberlain 2000110 4.21
Shawn Kelley 0.1100000 3.65
Boone Logan 0.2000000 2.70
HBP - Davis (by Hiroki Kuroda)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 99-64, Joba Chamberlain 27-16, Shawn Kelley 7-6, Boone Logan 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 3-8, Joba Chamberlain 5-0, Boone Logan 2-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Joba Chamberlain 7, Shawn Kelley 2, Boone Logan 2
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4001001 .293
Ryan Goins, 2B3220100 .455
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4112002 .271
Adam Lind, DH3100120 .281
Brett Lawrie, 3B4122010 .265
Rajai Davis, LF3100001 .263
J.P. Arencibia, C4120010 .214
Moises Sierra, RF4020012 .250
Anthony Gose, CF4010003 .259
Totals33710525  
Batting
2B - Ryan Goins (2, Kuroda), Brett Lawrie (14, Kuroda), J.P. Arencibia (17, Kuroda)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (34, Kuroda)
SF - Jose Reyes (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (30), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (99), Brett Lawrie 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie 2 (10)
CS - Anthony Gose (1, 2nd base by Kuroda/Stewart)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Anthony Gose 1
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Todd Redmond (W,2-2) 5.2322470 4.30
Aaron Loup 1.1100020 2.37
Sergio Santos 1000020 2.40
Darren Oliver 1100020 4.15
WP - Todd Redmond (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 101-63, Aaron Loup 21-14, Sergio Santos 12-10, Darren Oliver 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 2-7, Aaron Loup 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-0
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 23, Aaron Loup 5, Sergio Santos 3, Darren Oliver 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36565
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bob Davidson