- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays manager John Gibbons understands that his team doesn’t have much margin for error in the competitive AL East.

That’s why he was so frustrated to see Toronto fall short against a division opponent with a series victory at stake.

CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season, Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run and the New York Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday afternoon

“To have a big year you’ve got to start winning some games like this,” Gibbons said after the Blue Jays left runners at first and second in the ninth inning. “You’ve got to find that magic. Hopefully we find that soon.”


There was no magic for the Blue Jays on Sunday, with starter Drew Hutchison giving up three runs and one hit in the first inning, and putting his team in a five-run hole by the fourth.

“We had a chance to win a series against an East opponent, I didn’t perform, and it’s that simple,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison (1-1) pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday but couldn’t duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, striking out six.

Hutchison walked three batters and hit one, with all four coming round to score.

“He has been off a little bit,” Gibbons said. “Even down in Tampa the other night, he pitched a nice ballgame, but he wasn’t locating like he normally does.”

Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six, bouncing back from Tuesday’s opening day loss at Houston, when he allowed six runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.

“He was down in the zone, his ball was sinking like it was supposed to, his changeup was good, his slider was good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I was encouraged.”

The left-hander was taken deep again Sunday when Melky Cabrera connected in the first inning. The homer was Cabrera’s third of the season and third this series.

Maicer Izturis followed with an infield single but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Sabathia retired 16 of the next 17 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth.

Jose Bautista started Toronto’s two-out rally with a single, Edwin Encarnacion singled and Bautista scored when Dioner Navarro doubled. Erik Kratz followed with a two-run single to center, with Navarro scoring easily when Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw to the plate was off target.

Kratz took second on Ellsbury’s throw, but was left stranded when Brett Lawrie flied out.

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