Estrada pitches Blue Jays past Yanks for 5th win in 6 games
With eight scoreless innings, Marco Estrada gave the Toronto Blue Jays exactly what they needed: a night off for a bunch of tired bullpen arms.
Estrada (3-2) won consecutive starts for the first time this season, Ryan Goins homered and Toronto beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday night for its fifth win in six games.
Estrada allowed three hits, two of them singles, and struck out six. He beat the Yankees in New York last week.
"Estrada had it working today," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. "He keeps you in between speeds. He's got something figured out. He keeps you guessing."
Toronto's bullpen was worn down following Sunday's 11-inning loss to Boston. Four Toronto relievers, including closer Roberto Osuna, were unavailable against New York.
"Everything felt pretty good today," Estrada said. "I'm glad I was able to give them eight innings and rest the bullpen a little bit."
No one was more appreciative than Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
"Really, it was the exact outing we had to have," Gibbons said.
After Aaron Loup gave up a two-run home run to McCann in the ninth, Drew Storen came on and got the final two outs for his third save.
Goins went 2 for 2 and scored twice. It was his first multihit game since April 13, also against the Yankees.
"He seemed relaxed and confident," Gibbons said. "Ryan has been struggling for a while but he's a better hitter than that."
Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs, and the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 15 meetings with New York.
The Yankees have lost four of six since evening their record at 22-22 last week. Their slumping offense has produced four runs and six hits in the past two games.
"We've got to start swinging a little bit better," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you have two-thirds of your lineup not swinging the bat well, it's difficult to score runs. We've got to turn that around."
Encarnacion hit an RBI double off Ivan Nova in the first and added an RBI groundout in the third. Michael Saunders followed with an RBI double.
Goins hit a leadoff homer in the fifth, his third.
Starlin Castro walked to begin the eighth and went to third on a two-out double by Aaron Hicks, but Estrada got Jacoby Ellsbury to pop out to end the inning.
Nova (3-3) allowed a season-high four runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, losing to Toronto for the second straight start.
"My sinker was kind of off a little bit," Nova said. "I couldn't get it down the way it's supposed to."
RELIEF FOR RELIEVER
Toronto recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo and designated INF/OF Jimmy Paredes for assignment.
TWICE AS NICE
Estrada is the first Blue Jays pitcher to beat the Yankees twice in a five-day span since Dave Stieb did it in 1982.
New York LHP Richard Bleier made his major league debut in the eighth, getting Saunders and Justin Smoak to ground out.
Yankees: INF Dustin Ackley has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and may need surgery, Girardi said. New York placed Ackley on the 15-day DL and recalled INF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A. ... The Yankees reinstated RHP Luis Severino from the 15-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A. ... DH Alex Rodriguez got the day off.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis got the day off. Travis had played five straight since being activated off the DL last week.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (3-3, 2.83) is 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 10 career starts at Toronto.
Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (6-2, 3.20) is 5-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees.
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