TORONTO — The Yankees’ 11-game winning streak ended Wednesday night, and manager Aaron Boone lost his composure in the process.
A Yankees lineup that had scored five runs or more in eight of their last ten games was mostly closed in a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Boone was thrown into the top of the eighth inning by home plate umpire Marty Foster. Boone had hit Aaron Judge, the victim of an earlier bad call from Foster at a key point in the sixth, with a called strike.
The Yankees tried to rally in the ninth game against Jordan Romano when Giancarlo Stanton fell out with an out and was replaced by pinch runner Tim Locastro. Josh Donaldon singled left to send Locastro into second place.
Aaron Hicks struck before Joey Gallo – who had homed in the third inning – walked to load the bases for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. But Kiner-Falefa faced Matt Chapman in third, who made a low throw that was shoveled by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to end it.
The loss, just the Yankees’ second in their last 15 games, cut their lead over Toronto in the AL East to 2 1/2 games as they ended a six-game road trip with their first loss since April 21 in Detroit.
And just like that shutout loss to the Tigers, offense was the culprit.
Nestor Cortes had his worst start to the year in his shortest stint but gave up just two runs.
He walked a season-high four batters after walking three total in his previous four starts. Cortes also gave up four hits and needed 83 pitches to get through four innings.
Chapman gave Toronto the lead with a leadoff homer at the end of the second, a 420-foot blast down the middle.
The Yankees responded in the top of the third when Gallo — back from left groin in his first game — opened the inning with a homer from opposite field to left center. It was Gallo’s third homer of the season – all in his last six games.
But Cortes put the Yankees in another hole at the bottom of the inning.
After eliminating Bradley Zimmer and George Springer, Cortes passed a double to the right to Bo Bichette. Guerrero followed up with a base hit down the middle to meet Bichette and make it 2-1.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. then doubled to the left, sending Guerrero into third place. A walk to Chapman loaded the bases for Santiago Espinal.
Cortes got Espinal down to avoid further damage and make it a one-run game, but it took the left-hander 31 pitches to get through the inning.
Michael King was great again, throwing three perfect innings to Cortes’ relief.
Toronto left-hander Yusei Kukuchi easily handled the Yankees — the second straight Blue Jays starter to shut them down after Alek Manoah did it on Tuesday.
Kukuchi flipped around Kyle Higashioka’s leadoff double in the sixth – with some help from the low called strike three to judge for the second out. Anthony Rizzo showed up to strand Higashioka in third place.
Unlike Tuesday, when the Yankees feasted on the Blue Jays’ bullpen, Toronto’s aides were up to the task this time.
Former Yankee David Phelps replaced Kukuchi to start the seventh and issued a pair of four-pitch walks with one out.
Left-hander Tim Mayza met Gallo and knocked him out. He then brought Kiner-Falefa to third to keep the Yankees in a one-run hole.
When Toronto brought in right-hander Yimi Garcia for the eighth pitch, Gleyber Torres hit and landed for Higashioka.
Then with two outs in the eighth, Boone was thrown.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/04/yankees-win-streak-snapped-at-11-aaron-boone-ejected/ The Yankees’ winning streak ended at 11, with Aaron Boone eliminated