Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Pineda's eight scoreless innings got the New York Yankees back on track with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Limiting the highest scoring team in the majors to five hits while striking out six, Pineda (4-0) helped the Yankees bounce back from a 3-1 defeat in Monday's series opener and win for the 11th time in 14 games.
"I felt like he was tough from the first pitch," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said of Pineda. "He creates such tough angles for hitters, that it's hard to square him up. And it's hard to do it consecutive at-bats. That's why he doesn't give up big innings. That's why he pitches deep into ballgames. He's just got really good stuff and knows what he's doing."
The big right-hander received support via Mark Teixeira's 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot off Marco Estrada. Alex Rodriguez also drove in two with a first-inning double, while Jacoby Ellsbury continued his hot stretch by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Estrada (1-1) was tagged for five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first start of the season.
Toronto did strike for three runs in the ninth to force closer Andrew Miller to come on for a one-out save, with Russell Martin's solo homer igniting the comeback effort.
Martin finished 3-for-4 and Chris Colabello had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Blue Jays.
Estrada entered the matchup having permitted only earned run over a 27-inning stretch dating back to last season, but the Yankees put up two before he recorded his first out. Ellsbury's leadoff single was followed by consecutive doubles from Brett Gardner and Rodriguez, the latter plating both runners to quickly put New York in front.
Ellsbury struck again in his next at-bat, lacing a two-out single in the second that brought home Gregorio Petit, in scoring range after Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson overthrew the first-base bag on an infield hit.
Toronto put up its largest threat against Pineda in the third, when Martin's second double of the night placed men on second and third with two out. Edwin Encarnacion then lofted a fly ball down the left-field line that Brett Gardner hauled in with a running, snow-cone catch to save a pair of runs.
Pineda allowed just one more runner into scoring position thereafter, setting down 9-of-10 hitters after Devon Travis' two-out double in the fifth.
"We had some guys on base early in the game, couldn't get the big hit to pull close," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But (Pineda) was good. He shut down a hot offense."
Estrada's night was over when Teixeira hammered a first-pitch fastball into the seats in right center with Ellsbury aboard in the fifth.
The Blue Jays' bats finally came alive in the final frame, as Martin greeted David Carpenter with a home run and Kevin Pillar drew a two-out walk in front of Colabello's RBI double. Ryan Goins followed with a single to right that trimmed the lead to 6-3 and brought Miller into the game.
Miller walked pinch-hitter Jose Bautista to bring the tying run to the plate, but got Travis to fly out to register his 11th save.
"It's not what you want to do, but we had to," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of summoning Miller.
Ellsbury is batting .514 (18-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak that has raised his season average to .358 ... Teixeira has homered twice in five at-bats against Estrada, who served up an MLB-high 29 long balls with Milwaukee last season ... Colabello had his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's contest ... Jays outfielder Michael Saunders sat out a second straight game after having fluid drained from his surgically repaired knee on Monday.