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A.J. misses his happy place

A.J. Burnett, in victory or defeat, is more often than not one of the better quotes in the clubhouse and tonight was no different.

Burnett wasn't awful in tonight's loss but he had one too many balls come back over the plate and the powerful Blue Jays aren't the team to do that against.

The Blue Jays (32-24) increased their home run total to a major league-leading 94 in 56 games by hitting three off Burnett, who had allowed a total of four homers coming in.

“Balls ran over the plate today, that’s the bottom line,” Burnett said.

“You look at the score, 6-1, he didn’t pitch that poorly,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But the mistakes he made, they hit them.”

Two of the blasts came off the bat of Jose Bautista, who increased his MLB-best total to 18 with a solo shot and two-run blast. He added a double off Sergio Mitre.

“He’s a good hitter, you take nothing away from him, but when balls leak over into the happy spot, they’re going to crush them,” Burnett said. “Those balls stay in their spots, no telling what he does with them. But the way he’s hitting, the way they’re hitting, balls come over the plate they’re going to hit them.”

On offense the Yankees never got much going against Brett Cecil, who went eight innings and allowing one run and five hits, and helped end Robinson Cano’s hitting streak at 17.

“It feels weird because we lost the game, not because we went 0-for-4,” Cano said. “You just start another one [streak] tomorrow.”

The first-place Rays lost their first game here earlier in the week before rebounding to win the last two games of the series. The Yankees will try and head in that direction tomorrow as Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48) takes on Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14).

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