Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run and Todd Redmond ended a run of seven starts without a win as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-2.
The Blue Jays took the series at Rogers Centre in Toronto by two games to one to improve to 60-74 this season. The Yankees are 70-63, 5 1/2 games back in the race for one of the American League’s two wild-card playoff berths.
Redmond, Toronto’s starting pitcher, got the win for the first time since July 7 after giving up two runs on three hits and striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. New York’s Hiroki Kuroda surrendered seven runs for the second straight Major League Baseball outing, tying his career high as he took the loss for the fourth time in five starts.
Toronto had a 4-0 lead after the first inning and extended the advantage to 7-0 through three innings.
A two-run double by Brett Lawrie opened the scoring and Rajai Davis and Lawrie then scored on a throwing error by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. Encarnacion added his two-run shot in the second inning and J.P Arencibia scored on Jose Reyes’s sacrifice fly in the third. Five of the runs allowed by Kuroda were earned.
The Yankees got both their runs in the fourth, on a single from Alex Rodriguez and a double by Mark Reynolds.