TORONTO — Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Marcus Stroman pitched seven strong innings and the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-0 Wednesday, extending their lead in the AL East to 31/2 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 improved his ERA to 1.89 in his third start since returning from a torn knee ligament suffered in spring training.
Starting in place of Masahiro Tanaka (right hamstring), New York right-hander Ivan Nova kept the Blue Jays scoreless through five before leaving after a two-out walk to Martin in the sixth.
James Pazos came on and gave up a single to Ryan Goins, sending Martin to third. Manager Joe Girardi brought in Caleb Cotham, who allowed a first-pitch RBI single to Kevin Pillar.