Estrada snaps slide as Jays blank Yanks

Blue Jays return home to face Yankees as slim favourites

In Washington, Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with an RBI for his first three-hit game this season, but the Marlins were defeated by the Nationals.

J.A. Happ won his sixth straight decision against the Yankees, and the Blue Jays beat NY 4-2. Acquired from Minnesota last month, Tepesch is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three games at Buffalo. The loss by the Yankees (60-53) bumped Boston's lead to 4 ½ games. And while it is uncertain whether he will pitch Sunday night against the Red Sox, it might qualify as the best news of the day for the Yankees. "You've got to stay in striking distance so when you have a chance to play them, you can make up ground".

The Yankees' bigger concern, however, very quickly is becoming whether they can hang on to one of the two wild-card spots.

Montgomery in 21 starts is 7-6 with an ERA of 4.05 in 115 innings and just 36 innings shy of a career high he set in 2016.

"We haven't been as consistent (offensively) in the second half", Girardi said.

Sonny Gray, as he did in his Yankees debut, pitched relatively well but received little run support.

Gray, who was touched for three runs (two earned) off four hits over six innings, is now 0-2 in his first two starts wearing Yankee pinstripes.

His offense gave him little support a week before, but that was understandable as Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber of the Indians carved up Yankees hitters.

But if Marco Estrada's last four starts are any indication, it appears the right-hander has found a way to pull his erratic season back on the rails.

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Kahnle struck out Justin Smoak to end that inning, stranding runners at the corners, helping the Yankees to employ an end-game of David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman. Jose Bautista added a solo home run in the seventh.

The RISP failures started early.

In San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits over seven innings to win for the second time since returning from a dirt bike accident.

There was a two-on, two-out predicament in the first, which Estrada powered out of by getting Gary Sanchez to chase a full-count, 90-m.p.h. fastball off the plate.

That's how things went for Estrada, who again put two runners on early in the sixth and again worked his way out of it with soft contact outs, running New York's left on base total up to eight. Goins hit a squibber to Gray, whose glove-flip to Sanchez wasn't in time to get the swift Carrera, who slid in head-first for a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth inning the Jays added a third run on a Steve Pearce base hit, a sacrifice and a run-scoring single by Kevin Pillar.

But Tanaka wasn't around much longer, lifted after Jose Bautista's homer and Josh Donaldson's walk to open the home fifth. His single and HBP in the eighth and ninth helped more runs cross the plate, as the bottom of the lineup threw a party for itself. But Gardner flied to left, Hicks popped to second and Judge was called out on a borderline 1-and-2 pitch.

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