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TORONTO -- There aren't too many tomorrows left for the struggling New York Yankees.
The Yankees stumbled again in what appears to be an increasingly futile September, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Thursday night, their fifth defeat in six games.
"There's only so many 'Get 'em tomorrows' left," infielder Mark Reynolds said.
Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth consecutive decision, allowing two runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the sixth. Adam Lind added a three-run homer in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain.
New York, which dropped three games back for the second AL wild-card berth, lost two of three in Toronto while scoring only six runs and hitting .198 (19 for 96).
"It's frustrating," manager Joe Girardi said. "We haven't swung the bats that well for the last week."
In danger of missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons, the Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against San Francisco and Tampa Bay -- what could be Mariano Rivera's final games in the Bronx -- then close with a three-game series at Houston.
"We've got to run the table, there's no way around it," Reynolds said. "We've got some tough games coming up. The Giants have good pitching, Tampa's got good pitching. We've got to have a good homestand and hopefully go into Houston with a chance."
The Yankees opened this 10-game road trip by taking three of four from Baltimore but were swept in Boston last weekend before losing the series to last-place Toronto.
"We ran into the Red Sox wave and we haven't recovered," Alex Rodriguez said.
New York won 12 of its first 13 games against the Blue Jays this year but lost four of its final six. Kuroda has stumbled of late: He is 0-5 with a 6.37 ERA in his last seven outings after going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA through Aug. 12.
"He was in trouble every inning," Girardi said of Kuroda. "He got some double plays that helped him. It seemed like the first guy was on every inning, or the first two guys were on every inning. He did a really good job of minimizing damage."
Kuroda allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Rookie Todd Redmond (4-2) gave up one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk. Sergio Santos pitched the eighth but the Blue Jays needed three relievers to get through the ninth, when Casey Janssen relieved with the bases loaded and one out, then finished for his 32nd save in 34 chances.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Redmond is "doing a tremendous job."
"He's got strikeout ability," Gibbons said. "He competes. He doesn't give in, nothing rattles him."
Curtis Granderson cut the deficit in the sixth with the Yankees' first home run since Brendan Ryan connected off Boston's John Lackey last Friday, but Toronto made it 3-1 in the bottom half on a home run by Gose, who had three hits.
Chamberlain, a free agent to be, allowed his eighth home run -- his career high as a reliever. He relieved to start the seventh, walked Munenori Kawasaki, gave up a single to Lawrie singled and then allowed Lind's drive into the second deck.
"I let my team down and that's the frustrating part, especially at this time of year," Chamberlain said.
Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk. He has only one hit in his past 22 at-bats.
"I think you just keep running him out there," Girardi said.
A letter filed with the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Thursday said Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte's deposition is scheduled for Tuesday in New York in Brian McNamee's lawsuit against Roger Clemens. Clemens has asked that Pettitte's deposition be postponed because one of Clemens' lawyers is not available. ... Lind's home run was his 22nd. He has six home runs and 14 RBI in 15 games this month. ... Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion underwent successful surgery on his left wrist Thursday. ... The Blue Jays honored Rivera with a traditional Inuit carving and made a $10,000 donation to Rivera's charitable foundation. ... Comedian Sarah Silverman threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
|Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees drop the series in Toronto to fall three games back for the second AL wild card. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.244|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.261|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.312|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.255|
|Vernon Wells, RF||3||0||0||1||1||0||1||.242|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.244|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.219|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
|Chris Stewart, C||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.213|
|a-Ichiro Suzuki, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|J.R. Murphy, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joba Chamberlain, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cesar Cabral, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Daley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Phelps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Stewart in the 8th|
|2B - Robinson Cano (36, Redmond), Chris Stewart (6, Redmond)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (7, Redmond)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (14), Vernon Wells (50)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Kuroda-Stewart-Reynolds, Kuroda-Stewart-Reynolds-Reynolds-Overbay|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,11-12)||6||8||3||3||4||7||1||3.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 102-62, Joba Chamberlain 14-5, Cesar Cabral 13-7, Matt Daley 3-1, David Phelps 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-1, David Phelps 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 28, Joba Chamberlain 3, Cesar Cabral 3, Matt Daley 1, David Phelps 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.297|
|Munenori Kawasaki, DH||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.226|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.255|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||1||2||.284|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||2||0||0||0||2||2||0||.276|
|Moises Sierra, RF||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.312|
|Kevin Pillar, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Ryan Goins, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||4||6||.231|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.197|
|Anthony Gose, LF-RF||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.268|
|Todd Redmond, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Jeffress, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Janssen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Jose Reyes (20, Kuroda), Anthony Gose (5, Kuroda)|
|HR - Adam Lind (22, Chamberlain), Anthony Gose (2, Kuroda)|
|SH - Munenori Kawasaki (8)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (35), Brett Lawrie (42), Adam Lind 3 (61), Anthony Gose (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Anthony Gose (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Anthony Gose 1|
|DP - Lind-Reyes-Redmond|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Todd Redmond (W,4-2)||7||4||1||1||1||7||1||3.82|
|Casey Janssen (S,32)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 100-69, Sergio Santos 8-7, Luis Perez 14-6, Jeremy Jeffress 5-1, Casey Janssen 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 5-7, Sergio Santos 1-1, Casey Janssen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 24, Sergio Santos 3, Luis Perez 3, Jeremy Jeffress 1, Casey Janssen 2|
|Attendance - 32003|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|