(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees look to stay hot on the road on Monday night when they begin a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
New York is looking for its seventh consecutive road win to match the team's longest streak since June 3-17, 2012. The Yankees own a three-game lead in the American League East and have won seven of their last eight overall after a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park over the weekend.
The Pinstripers claimed an 8-5 victory in Sunday's finale of that series, as they doubled up Boston in the hits department, 14-7. Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner and Brian McCann accounted for seven of New York's eight RBI to help complete the team's first three-game sweep in Boston since 2006.
"That's pretty cool. It's obviously a tough place for us to play," said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. "They've always got a good team, they always play us tough, especially in their home park. They've got a really good lineup, really good offensive team. It's tough to hold them down. We were able to get some runs early, and it ended up being just enough."
The Blue Jays are back at home after a 3-7 road trip, although they did just split a four-game series in Cleveland over the weekend.
Toronto came up short in Sunday's finale, however, falling by a 10-7 margin. A six-run fourth inning gave the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead, but Cleveland answered right back with a six-run fifth, then tacked on two more runs in the sixth. The Blue Jays rotation has a combined 5.70 ERA.
"Our offense, once again, goes out there and puts up a lot of runs and I go out there and give it back and give it away like that," said starter Drew Hutchison, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings. "It's not good, and I killed our bullpen even more. Not being able to get through the fifth with a four-run lead is unacceptable."
Devon Travis keyed Toronto's big inning with his first career grand slam. He returned to the lineup this weekend after suffering a collarbone injury on Thursday. Travis is the major league leader among second basemen with seven homers, 23 RBIs and a .625 slugging percentage.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will try to turn things around for Toronto's struggling rotation, although Dickey himself has been a big part of those struggles. The right-hander remains in search of his first win this season but did match a season-high with seven innings pitched in his last start in Boston. He also did not issue a single walk. However, the Red Sox tagged him for four runs on nine hits to drop Dickey to 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA.
For New York, Chase Whitley is set to make his second start of 2015. The right-hander took over injured ace Masahiro Tanaka's spot in the rotation and earned a win over Tampa Bay in his season debut on Tuesday. Whitley went five innings in that one and gave up just one earned run on six hits, striking out five and walking one batter.
Toronto took two of three from the Yankees in the season-opening series at Yankee Stadium back on April 6-9.