Blue Jays complete sweep at Yankee Stadium

Sun Aug 9, 2015 7:43pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Most of the talk has been about the new additions to the Toronto Blue Jays. On Sunday, it was a trio of players who have been here all season guiding the Blue Jays to their latest win.

Right-hander Marco Estrada allowed three singles in 6 1/3 innings while third baseman Josh Donaldson and right fielder Jose Bautista hit long solo home runs as Toronto completed its first sweep at Yankee Stadium in over 12 years with a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

"Oh yeah, we got some good players out there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "No doubt, there's a couple of big additions but there's some pretty good ones too."

Playing their biggest series in New York after the All-Star break since August 1993, the Blue Jays (61-52) ran their winning streak to eight games, won for the 11th time in 12 games and inched to within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees (61-49) with 10 games remaining in the season series.

"Right now you're just trying to win series," Donaldson said. "But when you come in and win the first two, your goal is the win the next game.

"This was definitely an important series for us because it was a game that can immediately get you back in the standings without having to rely on other teams and I think like we did a good job executing all series."

Estrada (10-6) helped the Blue Jays get their first series sweep in New York since May 22-25, 2003, when Roy Halladay, Kelvim Escobar, Cory Lidle and Doug Davis were winning pitchers.

He also helped Toronto complete consecutive shutouts of the Yankees for the first time in team history.

While Estrada only allowed singles to right fielder Carlos Beltran in the second, shortstop Didi Gregorius in the third and third baseman Chase Headley in the seventh, Toronto's powerful offense struck with two long swings off right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (8-5).   Continued...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada (25) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports