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Cole’s frustration shows as scuffling Yanks fall to Jays 5-2

NY (AP) Yankees ace Gerrit Cole twice banged on the dugout roof, shouting in frustration and getting booed as scuffling NY lost for the 15th amount of time in 19 games, beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Saturday.

The AL East-leading Yankees fell to 9-20 since entering the All-Star break with a 64-28 record. After holding a 15 1/2-game bulge on July 8, their margin over second-place Toronto is right down to seven games.

The Yankees have lost six straight series for the very first time since 1995, based on the Elias Sports Bureau. Toronto will attempt for a four-game sweep on Sunday.

Cole (9-6) hadn’t allowed popular prior to the Blue Jays scored four times in the fifth. After he issued a walk and misplayed a grounder, Alejandro Kirk capped the burst with a two-run double that left fielder Andrew Benintendi couldn’t quite catch.

Once the inning ended, fans booed Cole and television cameras found the right-hander, yelling, and punching underneath of the dugout roof with both of your hands.

The reaction from portions of the crowd of 45, 538 were much like Cole with boos increasing after Toronto went ahead and intensifying following the final out.

Jackie Bradley hit a two-run, go-ahead double down the left-field line, the ball bouncing off the beaten track and past Benintendi when he tried to field the carom. Bradley delivered after Santiago Espinal got Toronto’s first hit, a double two pitches after missing on a detailed two-strike pitch.

Raimel Tapia reached on an infield hit by beating shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefas throw and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached when Cole slightly slipped while watching mound fielding the ball. Coles misstep allowed Guerrero to beat the throw and the initial call was overturned when Toronto challenged.

Kirk then gave the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead when he lined a double to left-center. Benintendi was playing slightly in, raced back, attempted a diving catch and the ball eluded his glove before center fielder Estevan Florial fielded it and threw out Guerrero to avoid a third run from scoring.

Matt Chapman added a solo homer in the ninth because the Blue Jays won their fourth straight. Toronto is 13-6 in the Bronx because the start of last season.

Florial hit an RBI single in the next and Gleyber Torres homered in the eighth because the Yankees got nine hits but went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. NY has managed just 21 runs in its last 11 games.

Before allowing four runs, Cole allowed two baserunners through the initial four and was aided by defensive plays from Aaron Judge in right and rookie third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera.

Judge made a running catch to avoid a double by Bo Bichette in the next along with his left shoulder crashing in to the fence. Cabrera dove face first in to the tarp in foul territory to snag Bradleys popup and completed the play after his head hit the padding across the side wall.

Toronto starter Mitch White allowed one run and seven hits in four innings. Adam Cimber (9-4) was awarded the win and Yimi Garca got his first save.

TRAINERS ROOM

Blue Jays: OF/DH George Springer didnt play for the next straight game after fouling a ball off his knee while going 5 for 5 in Thursday. Springer was available as a pinch-hitter and hopes to play Sunday. … RF Teoscar Hernndez was lifted after fouling a ball off his foot in the eighth.

Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (left Achilles tendinitis) was likely to get 3 to 5 at-bats in two rehab games for Double-A Somerset on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Stanton could return because the DH the moment Tuesday after facing RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) in live batting practice. 3B Josh Donaldson (stomach bug) was a late scratch from the lineup. RHP Clay Holmes (back) played catch for the very first time since going on the IL Wednesday and said he could be feeling better. Severino threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session after throwing 30 pitches Thursday.

UP NEXT

Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (12-6, 2.71 ERA) opposes NY LHP Nestor Cortes (9-4, 2.74) on Sunday. It’ll be a special trip to Yankee Stadium when former star outfielder and current team announcer Paul O’Neill has his number retired during an on-field ceremony.

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