The New York Yankees dropped their series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, falling 6-0. Starter Ivan Nova could not get out of the fifth inning while Brandon Morrow cruised through seven shutout innings. The Yankees managed two doubles off Morrow, but that would be the only time they really mounted a scoring threat. Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a double, but any chance of a run quickly fizzled. Morrow gave up just three hits before turning it over to his bullpen to clean up the final two innings.
The Jays offense also knocked Nova around for four runs, chasing him with two outs in the fifth. Brett Lawrie broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when he took a first pitch offering from Nova over the right-field wall for a two-run shot. Edwin Encarnacion would knock Nova out of the game two innings later with a ripped double to deep right, scoring two more for the four-run cushion.
That would be more than enough for Morrow, as he settled in and ensured the Yanks had no chance of rallying to make things interesting. With the Orioles idle, the Yankees loss brings Baltimore one game out of the lead in AL East.
New York will now turn to Hiroki Kuroda on Friday in the second game, while Toronto will counter with Chad Jenkins.