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Robertson ticked off after botched pickoff

Runners on first and third, one out in the sixth, Yankees down 3-2.

Reliever David Robertson steps off the mound and has Jose Bautista right where he wants him, picked off between first and second.

Then he peeks at third and sees Rajai Davis dancing down the line.

And that’s when things fall apart.

Robertson tried to get Bautista at second but sailed his throw high and wide of the base into center field, allowing Davis to score. Afterward, Roberston pumped his fist in frustration.

“I’m kind of looking back at third, I panicked and turned and threw the ball,” Roberston said of his first career error. “ …. I forced the throw instead taking that extra half second to turn and throw.”

Toronto tacked on another run thanks to Juan Rivera’s single off of Robertson. In all, Robertson gave up two runs on a hit and an error, allowing the Jays to take a 5-2 lead.

Robertson allowed his first runs of the season in the sixth. He had pitched 8.1 consecutive scoreless innings to open up 2011.

“I’m just frustrated with myself,” Robertson said. “The inning started out bad. I walked Davis on four straight pitches …. Walks kill you.”

Robertson issued an intentional pass to Bautista, who homered earlier off of Freddy Garcia. Both Davis and Bautista came around to score.

The two runs Robertson allowed snapped the Yankees’ seven-game streak in which they’d allowed three earned runs or fewer.

Said Robertson: “I blew it today.”