Stroman shuts down Yankees, Bautista hits game winning homer in Blue Jays win

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista celebrates his three run home run against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning of MLB baseball action in Toronto, Saturday September 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

TORONTO – Jose Bautista provided the offence with an eighth-inning home run and Blue Jays pitchers stymied the Yankees for the second day in a row as Toronto blanked New York 3-0 Saturday.

For seven innings, the game was a pitching duel between Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and New York’s C.C. Sabathia before a Rogers Centre sellout of 47,828 with the roof open on a pleasant 17 C day.

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Yankees third baseman Ronald Torreyes slammed a two-out triple to right field in the eighth but reliever Jason Grilli (7-5) snuffed out the threat, striking out pinch-hitter Billy Butler with a 94 mile-per-hour fastball after a seven-pitch at bat that had the crowd on its feet chanting “Let’s Go Blue Jays.”

Josh Donaldson ripped a two-out single to left field off Tyler Clippard (3-5) in the eighth and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Bautista drove a ball over the left-field fence for his 20th homer of the season.

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Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 35th save of the season. Toronto outhit New York 6-3.

It was the fourth win in five games for Toronto (85-69), improving the Jays’ September record to 9-12.

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