TORONTO (AP) Russell Martin hit a three-run home run, Marcus Stroman pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday night, extending their AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.
Martin connected off Andrew Bailey in the seventh, matching his career high for homers with 21, as Toronto took two of three from New York in a showdown between the division's top teams.
Stroman (3-0) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five in his third start since returning from a torn knee ligament suffered in spring training. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.89.
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Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished.
Starting in place of Masahiro Tanaka (right hamstring), New York right-hander Ivan Nova (6-9) took the mound for the first time since allowing six runs in 1 2-3 innings of a Sept. 12 loss to Toronto.