- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - The hitters did better, but defensive miscues ensured a fourth straight defeat for the struggling New York Yankees.

Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of misplays by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw away a bunt, lifting AL East-leading Toronto to a 7-5 win Tuesday night.

Solarte’s errant throw was the only New York error, but reliable shortstop Derek Jeter made two costly mistakes. Toronto made three errors, two by Reyes.

“It was sloppy on both sides,” New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “That was an ugly game to watch. If you’re a fan, you should get your money back.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn’t promising refunds, but acknowledged that his team’s defense had been a problem again.

“That hurts us and at times it’s hurt us during the course of the season,” Girardi said. “It’s something that we clearly need to do a better job of.”

The Yankees trailed 6-0 before tying it, then lost their fourth in a row.

“It’s an extremely tough loss because we put ourselves in a bad position early on,” Girardi said.

Reyes doubled off Adam Warren (1-4) into the right-field corner. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Warren and Solarte seemed to hesitate over who would field it.

Solarte picked up the ball and threw it past second baseman Brian Roberts covering at first. The ball sailed into foul territory down the right-field line and Reyes trotted home.

“Difficult,” Solarte said of the decisive bunt. “Tough play.”

Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the victory.

New York came in having scored just four runs in its previous three defeats and fell behind 6-0 before Jeter homered in the sixth. The Yankees tied it with a five-run, 10-batter seventh.

Reyes made two errors, including a wild throw that let the Yankees make it 6-all.

With runners at second and third and two outs in the seventh, Mark Teixeira hit a grounder to Reyes, who was shifted to the second base side. The shortstop bounced his throw past first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

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