Estrada pitches seven score­less in­nings in Blue Jays’ 4-0 shutout win over Yan­kees

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - Eze­quiel Car­rera.

TORONTO — Marco Estrada tossed seven score­less in­nings lead­ing the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 shutout of the New York Yan­kees in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Thurs­day night at Rogers Centre.

Josh Don­ald­son and Kevin Pil­lar had RBI sin­gles and Eze­quiel Car­rera scored on a fielder’s choice as the Blue Jays (54-60) im­proved to 7-6 against the Yan­kees (60-53) this sea­son while tak­ing 2 of 3 in the se­ries. Jose Bautista added a solo home run in the sev­enth.

Estrada (5-7) picked up his first win since a 4-2 vic­tory over the Texas Rangers on May 27 — a span of 12 starts. He en­tered Thurs­day’s out­ing with a 0-5 record to go along with a 7.39 ERA in his last 12 games.

The right-han­der got into his first jam of the evening in the fifth sur­ren­der­ing a lead­off single to Gar­rett Cooper and then walk­ing Ron­ald Tor­reyes. How­ever, Estrada got both Brett Gard­ner and Aaron Hicks to fly out be­fore catch­ing Aaron Judge look­ing to end the threat.

Judge’s strike­out stretched his streak to 27 con­sec­u­tive games with a strike­out — the long­est streak within one sea­son by a po­si­tion player (non-pitcher) since 1913.

Estrada struck out six while walk­ing three and sur­ren­der­ing five hits. Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna each pitched a score­less in­ning of re­lief.

The Blue Jays got on the board in the sec­ond thanks to some heads up base run­ning by Car­rera. The right-fielder reached on a dou­ble off the wall in right, and then took third on a poor pick­off at­tempt by Yan­kees starter Sonny Gray.

On a Ryan Goins drib­bler back to the mound, Car­rera slid un­der Gary Sanchez’s tag at home plate to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

Don­ald­son’s RBI single added to Toronto’s lead in the third that scored Bautista from sec­ond. Pil­lar’s RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0 for the Blue Jays. The hit saw Pil­lar snap a 0-for-10 slump with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Gray (6-7), who made his sec­ond start for the Yan­kees since be­ing dealt from Oak­land on July 31, went six in­nings and al­lowed three runs — two earned — on four hits while walk­ing four and strik­ing out six.

The right-han­der fell to 1-3 in four ca­reer starts at Rogers Centre.

NOTES: Prior to Thurs­day’s game the Blue Jays placed RHP Tay­lor Cole on the 10-day dis­abled list (toe frac­ture) and re­called RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buf­falo. … DH Kendrys Mo­rales (ill­ness) was a late scratch prior to first pitch and re­placed by

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