Maybe Hiroki Kuroda should start his games in the second inning.

The first-inning problems that have plagued Kuroda all season continued Monday night and it was enough to saddle him with his sixth loss of the season.

If you skip his last outing, when he allowed all seven runs to Toronto after the first inning, 10 of his previous 20 runs allowed and three of his five homers allowed entering Monday had all come in the first inning while opponents tagged him at a .324 clip.