A season ago, Masahiro Tanaka did not allow four or more runs in one game until July. The start to his second big league season will not go as smoothly. The Yankees ace gave up four earned runs off of five hits in 4.0 innings of work Monday as New York fell to AL East rival Toronto, 6-1, on Opening Day 2015 at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays garnered five runs off of Tanaka in the third inning, highlighted by Russell Martin driving in Devon Travis and Jose Reyes on a single to right and a two-run home run by Edwin Encarnacion.
The Yankees offense was quiet on the day, registering only three hits. Brett Gardner scored the only Yankees run via a homer to right in the sixth.
Drew Hutchison (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1.50 ERA) picked up the win for the Jays while Tanaka (4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 K, 9.00 ERA) took the loss.
The Yankees and Jays are off Tuesday before continuing their three-game series Wednesday in the Bronx (7 p.m., YES). Michael Pineda will get the ball for the Yanks while Toronto will turn to R.A. Dickey.