Yankees fall to Blue Jays, suffer consecutive losses for first time this year

TORONTO — The Yankees played north of the border on Monday, but the offense appeared to be stuck in customs.

In the series opener Monday night at Rogers Center, Chris Bassitt silenced Yankees batters for 6 1/3 innings, leading the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory.

Former Mets right-hander Bassitt allowed just one run and two walks on four singles while working his way through the Yankees’ batting lineup.

He became the second opposing starting pitcher this season to take the mound in the seventh inning against the Yankees (12 wins, 5 losses), who suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this year.

Anthony Rizzo and the Yankees gave up just one run against the Blue Jays on Monday. AP
Chris Bassitt pretty much silenced the Yankees offense on Monday. Getty Images

In fact, the Yankees took the lead in the second inning when Gleyber Torres, Alex Verdugo, and Oswaldo Cabrera hit three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead.

However, this was the only real scoring threat of the game, as Bassitt got himself out of trouble and was mostly fine for the rest of the night.

Lewis Gil, on the other hand, needed 74 pitches just to record nine outs, but by that point the damage was done, but he still managed to pitch five innings.

The right-hander walked a career-high seven batters, leading to two of his three runs.

After Cavan Biggio led off the second inning with a double, Gil walked three batters in a row, and on the third hit, former Yankees forward Isaiah Kiner-Falefa drove in the tying RBI.

Alejandro Kirk of the Yankees hit a single in Monday’s game against the Blue Jays. Getty Images
Lewis Gil walked a career-high seven batters in Monday’s game against the Blue Jays. AP

Moments later, a wild pitch scored the go-ahead run, giving the Blue Jays (9-8) the lead for good.

In the third inning, Bo Bichette singled and got two strikeouts before Alejandro Kirk’s RBI double made it 3-1.