Stroman strong as Martin's HR leads Jays past Yankees 4-0
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.
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.