Estrada, Bautista Help Blue Jays Blank Yankees

TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Thursday night.

Estrada (5-7) pitched seven innings to win for the first time in 13 starts. The right-hander came in 0-5 with a 7.39 ERA since beating Texas on May 27.

Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished.

Bautista hit a two-out drive off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It was his 36th career homer against New York, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for the most by an active player.

Making his second start for the Yankees, Sonny Gray (6-7) allowed three runs, two of them earned, in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline, Gray lost at Cleveland in his New York debut.

The Yankees put at least one runner in scoring position in five of Estrada’s seven innings, but couldn’t break through against the veteran right-hander, who came in 0-5 with a 7.39 ERA since beating Texas on May 27.

New York finished 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Garrett Cooper singled to begin the fifth and Ronald Torreyes walked but Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks both flied out before Aaron Judge struck out looking.

Judge has fanned at least once in 27 straight games, the longest streak in Yankees history.

Activated off the 10-day DL before the game, Hicks went 0 for 5 in his first game since June 25.

Ezequiel Carrera hit a one-out double in the second, advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw by Gray and scored on a short grounder by Ryan Goins. Gray tried using his glove to scoop the ball to catcher Gary Sanchez, but Carrera slid in just ahead of the tag.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-out RBI single in the third and Kevin Pillar added a two-out RBI single in the fourth. Pillar had gone 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position in August before his hit.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi said there’s “a really good possibility” rookie LHP Jordan Montgomery will be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start in place of left-hander CC Sabathia (right knee) against Boston on Sunday night. … New York put OF Clint Frazier (left oblique) on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday.

Blue Jays: RHP Taylor Cole (broken right foot) was placed on the 10-day DL and RHP Chris Smith was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Cole was injured by a comebacker in his major league debut Thursday. … DH Kendrys Morales (illness) was scratched from the lineup. Bautista moved from RF to DH and Carrera started in right. OF Nori Aoki (illness) was unavailable.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.49) starts the opener of a three-game series against Boston. Garcia lost his New York debut at Cleveland last week, allowing six runs, five earned, in 4 2/3 innings. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 4.08) starts for the Red Sox.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (10-5, 3.17) starts the opener of a three-game series against Pittsburgh. Stroman is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his past six starts. RHP Jameson Taillon (6-5, 4.60) starts for the Pirates.

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