Blue Jays blank Yankees, who fall 4 1/2 games behind Red Sox

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But, he managed to pitch out of multiple jams, leading Toronto to a 4-0 victory. That's not to his old ace-like levels, but after a swoon between 2013 and 2015, Sabathia has been an above average starter for two straight years now, so any time out will be missed.

The Yankees, who want to cut their starting rotation to five from the current six, planned on shortening the outings for Montgomery in the minors so he would be on pace for 180 total innings.

After having to wait a week between starts, Sonny Gray wasn't as sharp as he was in Cleveland, but he was still effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings.

"You try to tell yourself to slow down and I think you don't realize that you're speeding up a little bit and that's one of the adjustments I need to make, just have better balance", he added.

"His splitter wasn't very good, " Girardi said, adding that Tanaka's fastball and slider were in working order.

On this night it was Marco Estrada, who came in 4-7 with a 5.12 ERA but threw seven shutout innings.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Taylor Cole was put on the 10-day disabled list Thursday after suffering a broken right toe when he was hit by a comebacker during his major-league debut against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. He rocked a liner up the middle, bringing home a pair of runs adn giving the Yankees a 8-5 lead.

The Jays still have to hold their breath when Cesar Valdez gets the call on Wednesday, given his dodgy last couple of outings, but at least the bullpen has had a chance to freshen. He walked four and struck out six. "I won't get enough exercise then, so it was good (I racked up three hits today)", Ichiro said.

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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. Ryan Tepera and Roberto Osuna combined to pitch two scoreless innings in relief.

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. Ive tweaked a few things and Im throwing the ball a little better. Goins hit a squibber to Gray, whose glove-flip to Sanchez wasn't in time to get the swift Carrera, who slid in head-first for a 1-0 lead. Gray himself made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt, allowing Ezequiel Carrera, who had doubled with one out in the second, to advance to third.

Donaldson's two-run slam in the first, with Jose Bautista on third, gave the Jays a 2-0 lead, and they could have had more but Kevin Pillar grounded out to first to end the inning with runners at second and third.

Gray is 1-5 in eight road starts this season.

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.

NY has scored two runs or fewer in five of its past six games.

With the win, the Jays temporarily moved to 41/2 games out of an AL wild-card and hoping for an Anaheim win over Seattle on the West Coast to trim it to four After an 18-game home-run drought, Jose Bautista is heating up. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 4.08) starts for the Red Sox. Frazier went 3-for-4, with a double.

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