By IAN HARRISON
The Associated Press
TORONTO — A rare off night by the offense left the New York Yankees back-to-back losers for the first time in more than a month.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run, Randal Grichuk added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off New York 4-3 Tuesday night to end a season-worst six-game slide.
“We needed that one,” Galvis said
Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, whose last consecutive defeats came April 30 and May 1 at Arizona. The Yankees lost 8-5 to Boston on Sunday.
New York failed to score at least four runs for the first time in 15 games, a streak that began May 19. The Yankees went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
“We weren’t able to score enough,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gleyber Torres with two on in the ninth to wrap his 11th save, and Eric Sogard had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time since beating San Diego on May 26. Toronto went winless on a six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Colorado.
“It’s a lot better when we win,” Blue Jays pitcher Clayton Richard said. “It’s a lot more fun. We can listen to music and have a good time together.”
The Blue Jays scored just three total runs in their final two losses in Colorado, but they topped that with a four-run fifth against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka (3-5) lost his second straight start, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.
“The home run ball hurt him on a couple of hanging sliders,” Boone said. “That was kind of the difference tonight.”
Daniel Hudson (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and Giles got the final four outs.
Frazier opened the scoring with a two-run drive off left-hander Clayton Richard in the fourth, his 11th.
Earlier in the day, Frazier expressed a mix of defiance and remorse in his first public comments since three defensive mistakes in the last innings of a loss to Boston last weekend.
Frazier said his homer “felt good,” and was “much-needed,” but denied using the discussion around him as fuel.
“I don’t need motivation through articles that are written,” he said.
Grichuk halved the deficit with a leadoff drive in the fifth, his 10th.
Cavan Biggio followed with a walk and was initially ruled out on an attempted steal of second, but the call was overturned following a video review. One batter later, Galvis gave the Blue Jays the lead with his ninth home run. He is blast snapped an 0-for-16 slump.
Sogard hit a two-out double and made it 4-2 when he scored on a base hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
“Any time you beat teams like that, they’re big wins,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “You have to play your A-game and we did tonight.”
Hicks homered off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his second.