Bautista homers, Blue Jays beat Yankees 2-0
TORONTO - (AP) -- Drew Hutchison pitched seven shutout innings, Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.
Mark Teixeira's fourth-inning double was the only hit allowed by Hutchison (9-11), who walked two and struck out nine.
Aaron Sanchez retired all six batters he faced for his first major league save as the Blue Jays improved to 8-17 in August and, at 68-67, avoided falling below .500 for the first time since May 14, when they were 20-21.
Bautista hit a two-out, two-run homer off Michael Pineda (3-3) in the first. It's the second time in his career Bautista has connected in four consecutive games. He also did it from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2009.
The homer was Bautista's 100th at Rogers Centre, making him the fourth Blue Jays player to reach the century mark. Carlos Delgado (175), Vernon Wells (124) and Joe Carter (121) are the others.
Hutchison retired the first 11 batters before hitting Carlos Beltran with a pitch in the fourth. Teixeira doubled before Brian McCann was also hit by a pitch to load the bases for Martin Prado, who flied out.
The Blue Jays threatened to add to their lead in the seventh, but couldn't deliver. Edwin Encarnacion singled to begin the inning and Dioner Navarro chased Pineda with a double. Shawn Kelley came on and struck out Danny Valencia, got Kevin Pillar to ground out and retired Jose Reyes on a fly ball.
Pineda allowed two runs and a season-high seven hits in six innings to lose for the first time since April 23 at Boston. He walked none and struck out three.
Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury (sore left ankle) was held out of the lineup. Ellsbury was injured when he slid into Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning Friday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Ellsbury could return Sunday. The Yankees are off Monday.
Blue Jays: RH Brandon Morrow's rehab appearance at Triple-A Buffalo Saturday night will make him the 73rd player used by the Bisons this season, two shy of the International League record set by Norfolk in 2012.
Yankees RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3) faces Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (8-8) in Sunday's series finale. McCarthy has a 1.88 ERA in seven daytime starts this season, compared to a 5.03 ERA in 20 night starts. Happ is 0-3 with a 4.04 ERA in his past six starts.