Jose Bautista has 2 hits, collects 800th RBI as Jays trounce Yankees
Pitcher J.A. Happ earns 1st victory of season
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ is making a habit of holding his opponents in check.
Jose Bautista had two hits and collected his 800th RBI, Happ worked six innings for his first victory of the season and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Happ has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his past 12 starts.
"The best thing about tonight was being able to make some pitches in big situations," said Happ, who left seven Yankees stranded.
Facing the Yankees for the first time since Aug. 31, 2014, Happ (1-0) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out four.
"I thought he pitched very well against us," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "He really mixed it up in and out, up and down, kept us off balance."
Brett Cecil worked the seventh, Drew Storen allowed a homer to Teixeira in the eighth and Pat Venditte finished.
Ryan Goins had three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who had lost five of six.
"You play these teams in your division and you need to beat them," manager John Gibbons said. "That was an important game for us."
Teixeira hit a solo homer, his third, but New York ended a two-game winning streak.
Making his second start of the season, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (1-1) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings.
"Pretty good offense here so I thought he did a good job," manager Joe Girardi said.
The Blue Jays broke it open with a four-run, bat-around eighth against Ivan Nova. Bautista doubled home a run, Troy Tulowitzki and Goins each hit RBI singles and Russell Martin added a sacrifice fly.
"We were waiting for that kind of inning," Gibbons said. "We did a lot of good things there."
Toronto opened the scoring on a two-out double by Goins in the second. New York tied it in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Aaron Hicks when Josh Donaldson bobbled what might have been an inning-ending double play.
Toronto got two in the fifth and then Teixeira's homer made it 3-2 Blue Jays before Toronto's breakout inning.
Pineda's three walks were the most he'd issued in 42 career starts with the Yankees, snapping his team record streak of starts with two or fewer walks. Mike Mussina walked two or fewer in his final 37 starts with New York.
Pineda (1-1) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings.