NEW YORK (AP) - It would be tough not to cut Toronto manager John Farrell some slack if he were thinking up other dire scenarios for his ballclub as he watched Brett Lawrie flip over a railing and disappear into a deep camera well while chasing a foul pop.
It's been that kind of week for the Blue Jays - and they still have three games to play in Boston.
Star slugger Jose Bautista injured his wrist swinging the bat Monday and landed on the disabled list, Lawrie bruised his calf in the scary fall and the Blue Jays lost to the New York Yankees 6-0 on Wednesday in a rain-shortened game that completed a three-game sweep.
``Well, it was a costly series,' Farrell said. ``Obviously getting swept, first and foremost, and then the injury to Jose in Game One and then today with Brett going over the railing. ... This was a tough three days here in New York.'
Shut out by Hiroki Kuroda in a game called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain, the Blue Jays are leaving town two games under .500 (45-47) for the first time this season.
Lawrie slammed his right leg onto an unpadded railing inside a camera well while somersaulting over the cushioned railing separating the deep well from the field next to the Toronto dugout.
``I hit it so flush, and it was just a long fall. I felt like I was in the air for like 5 seconds,' Lawrie said. ``From where the cameras sit behind that, it looks like it kind of cuts off right there but it actually goes down like another 3 1/2 feet. So it's like a 5-, 5 1/2-foot drop. It sure felt like it.'
The 22-year-old third baseman tried standing up but immediately went down after putting weight on his leg. Several members of the Blue Jays' staff ran from the dugout to assist Lawrie.
``It's just a little stiff. It felt like somebody just kind of took a bat and just crushed me in the back of the leg,' he said. ``So it's just kind of like a stiff charley horse right now, but it'll be all right.'
X-rays were negative and he is day to day. Lawrie hopes to play Friday.
Farrell saw this series as a chance to help define the Blue Jays' season. The Yankees outscored Toronto 18-4 and outhomered their AL East rival 4-1. Toronto never held a lead in losing for the eighth straight time in New York and its bullpen was horrid.
The Yankees relievers finished the series with two saves and a 1.80 ERA. The Jays' pen: 0-1 with a 15.75 ERA.
``It's not what we envisioned,' Farrell said. ``And yet, I thought we came in here and we played well for the first game and three-quarters. (The Yankees are) a very good team that's probably playing their best baseball of the year over the last month or so.'
Headed to Oakland immediately following the game for the start of a six-game trip that begins Thursday, the Yankees wasted no time after a 51-minute delay at the start caused by some dramatic lightning and booming thunder - but no rain.
Derek Jeter led off the first with a double off Ricky Romero, the first of the four extra-base hits in the inning. Nick Swisher had an RBI single, Mark Teixeira followed with his 19th homer, a two-run shot. With one out, Robinson Cano and Andruw Jones had consecutive doubles to make it 4-0. Cano has a 21-game hitting streak.
Dewayne Wise had an RBI double in the fourth and a run-scoring single in the sixth off Romero (8-6). He started in center field, giving Curtis Granderson a day off. Granderson had started 89 of New York's first 90 games.
Kuroda (9-7) allowed a single hit in each of the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He struck out the side in the second.
It was an encouraging outing for Kuroda after he was shelled in his previous two starts, 11 earned runs over 13 innings as his ERA rose from 3.16 to 3.67. Pitching with a big early lead helped.
``You can be aggressive and go inside on righties and lefties,' Kuroda said through an interpreter.
Romero appeared to be emerging from a slump. He had yielded just three runs in 12 innings over his previous two starts - allowing 16 runs in the two outings before that. But he gave up six runs and 12 hits in six innings this time. The losing streak follows a stretch where he lost only once in 15 outings.
Instead he lost his fifth straight game.
``Well, I mean, I felt good. I just left some pitches up in the zone,' Romero said. ``The first inning kind of hurt me, and when you're 0-2 on a hitter like Teixeira you've got to put him away.'
NOTES: Injured Yankees closer Mariano Rivera rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning. ... Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa delivered Colby Rasmus' World Series ring to the stadium Wednesday morning, but Rasmus was too busy to meet with La Russa. Rasmus was with the Cardinals last year until he was traded to Toronto July 27 as part of a three-team trade. The Cardinals went on to win the championship and La Russa retired. The relationship between Rasmus and La Russa deteriorated last year before the trade. But Rasmus said he didn't meet La Russa on Wednesday because he was too busy with family in town and pregame preparations.
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