Jose Bautista had a two-run home run in the first inning and Drew Hutchison was dominant for seven innings as the Toronto Blue Jays downed the New York Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.
Hutchison (9-11) struck out nine in seven innings of work, giving up a single hit and holding New York scoreless for Toronto (68-67), which kept itself above .500. Reliever Aaron Sanchez kept Hutchison’s momentum, striking out three to preserve the one-hitter and clinch the win.
Michael Pineda (3-3) pitched six-plus innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts for the Yankees (70-64).
New York captain Derek Jeter, who is playing the last season of his 19-year career, went 0-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts. Still, the sold-out crowd cheered for the sure-fire Hall of Famer for all of his at bats, chanting his name between pitches.
Toronto’s Kevin Pillar got the first out of the game with a highlight-reel diving catch on Brett Gardner in centre field. Hutchison quickly retired the next two batters for a three up, three down half inning.
Bautista got Toronto on the scoreboard with a two-run home run over the left-field fence that cashed in Jose Reyes in the bottom of the first. Reyes was on third after a single, a stolen base and advancing on Cabrera’s ground out to shortstop.
It was the fourth game in a row that Bautista homered. The blast was also his 100th homer at Rogers Centre, making him only the fourth player to reach that benchmark, joining Carlos Delgado (175), Vernon Wells (124) and Joe Carter (121).
Hutchison was dialled in for the Blue Jays, not allowing any base runners until the top of the fourth.
He struggled to get out of that inning after back-to-back strikeouts, hitting Carlos Beltran with a pitch and giving up a double to Mark Teixeira. Hutchison then loaded the bases by hitting Brian McCann with a pitch, but got out of the jam when Martin Prado flied out to Pillar in centre field.
Adam Lind threatened to score for Toronto in the fourth inning, putting the ball into deep left field for a double with one out. He was stranded, however, after Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro ground out in consecutive at bats.
Hutchison re-gained his form in the fifth, inducing a pop out and fanning two more for a quick inning.
Both teams went scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, with Hutchison retiring the Yankees in four at bats in the top of the seventh.
Encarnacion hit a single for the Blue Jays to start the seventh, with Navarro pushing him to third with a double. Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Pineda from the game after those hits with right-hander Shawn Kelley coming in as relief.
Kelley struck out Danny Valencia, induced a ground out by Pillar and a pop out by Reyes to end the threat.
Reliever Aaron Sanchez started the eighth for Toronto, dismissing three batters, including strikeouts of Gardner and Jeter. Left-hander David Huff took the mound for New York in the bottom half of the inning, giving up a walk before ending the eighth.
Sanchez completed the game with two groundouts, ending the game with a called strike out of McCann.
Notes: There were 45,863 in attendance at Rogers Centre, the 11th sold-out game of the season for the Blue Jays ... Toronto has lost six of its last eight series (1-6-1) since July 31. ... J.A. Happ (8-8) will get the start for Toronto in Sunday’s matinee. New York counters with Brandon McCarthy (5-3).