TORONTO — A star at the plate the previous two days, Carlos Beltran made a costly mistake in the outfield to deny the Yankees their first sweep in Toronto in more than a decade.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Drew Hutchison won his third straight start and the Blue Jays beat New York 3-1 on Sunday.
The Blue Jays and the division-leading Yankees, separated by a half-game atop the American League East, will meet seven more times this season. Toronto swept a three-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend.
"We're happy," Beltran said. "We won the series, it's important. This is the team that we're basically fighting. Hopefully when we face them again, we can expand our lead a little bit more."
Beltran, who had delivered big homers in the first two games of the series, was not so happy with his fielding in the finale. In the third inning, he helped sparked a Toronto burst after losing Troy Tulowitzki's fly ball to rightfield in the sun.
"I lost it when it was getting close to me, and I basically couldn't do anything," Beltran said. "Unfortunately, it would have been a different story if I had caught that ball."
Initially ruled an error, the hit was later credited as a two-out double. Josh Donaldson followed with an RBI single, and Bautista homered for a 3-0 lead.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said blinding sun is "probably the toughest element a player has to deal with" and didn't fault Beltran for the miscue.
"It's unfortunate, it happens, but Carlos was pretty big for us this series," Girardi said.
New York hasn't swept a three-game set in Toronto since the opening series in 2003.
Hutchison improved to 10-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 13 home starts. "He's been great at home, and he was again (Sunday)," manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto starting pitchers have gone 20 straight games without allowing more than three earned runs, extending the team record set Saturday.
"It's been a great stretch," Gibbons said. "Let's hope it holds up."