Donaldson's booming bat propels Blue Jays to victory over Yankees


"No matter what he's throwing, he's locating it, they're not picking up the changeup".

Marco Estrada held the Yankees scoreless over seven innings in the Blue Jays' 4-0 victory Thursday.

"I felt pretty good", Estrada said. "Our bullpen guys are getting abused a little bit. I don't let that kind of stuff get to me". I've been able to elevate a lot.

The beat goes on for Toronto's beleaguered pitching staff.

It was the Yankees' third shutout of the second half. "We were out front today".

Garrett Cooper collected a career-high four hits and drove in two runs with his ninth-inning single up the middle to give the Yankees a 11-5 lead.

Some heads-up base running by Bautista extended Toronto's lead to 2-0 in the third when he drew a walk and then stole second.

"I think that's something I'll never forget", he said. There may not be anything to it, but it may have eased his mind.

Ezequiel Carrera doubled with one out in the second inning, took second on Gray's errant pickoff attempt and slid home safely after the pitcher scooped the ball to catcher Gary Sanchez on a trickler by Ryan Goins.

On Deck: Yankees at Blue Jays

The game's key moment for Estrada and the Jays occurred in the fifth inning with the Blue Jays leading 3-0 and the Yankees threatening with their first two runners on board for the top three hitters in the NY batting order.

NY is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 8-17 in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 11-3-1 in their last 15 road games. OF Steve Pearce started at DH after having fluid drained from his knee following Tuesday's game.

“Ive seen it over and over and over, ” Jays manager John Gibbons said of the familiar Estrada elusiveness. "You have to take advantage of any opportunity".

Frazier is batting.243 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 28 games with the Yankees. "This is who we have and we have to get the job done".

After a Gregorius fifth-inning double put runners at second and third, Tepesch was replaced by Leonel Campos, who gave up Todd Frazier's two-out, two-run double, putting the Yanks up 6-2.

"It's really important", Girardi said. "You have to stay in striking distance, so that when you get a chance to play them you can make up ground". "You can't rely on other teams".

Girardi said outfielder Aaron Hicks (strained right oblique) is expected to come off the disabled list Friday. Reliever Taylor Cole, who only made his major-league debut on Wednesday, was placed there after X-rays revealed he had suffered a broken right toe.

After the game the Blue Jays announced that Chris Rowley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will get the start for Toronto on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Aaron Judge, who was to be used as a designated hitter on Wednesday, moved to right field.