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May 6, 12:16 AM EDT

Estrada loses 1st start, Yankees beat Blue Jays 6-3


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TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada found himself in an early jam in his first start of the season. Four innings later, his night ended when he gave up a home run.

In between, however, there were some encouraging signs.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Michael Pineda matched his career high with eight shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat Estrada and the Blue Jays 6-3 Tuesday night.

Estrada (1-1) allowed five runs, four earned, and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He took the rotation spot of Daniel Norris, optioned to Triple-A last Friday.

The Yankees jumped on Estrada by scoring twice before he got an out. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, went to third on Brett Gardner's double, and both runners scored on Alex Rodriguez's double.

"For his first start it went OK," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "The first inning they battled him pretty good. They worked him over."

Estrada gave up Ellsbury's RBI single in the second, but retired seven of the next eight batters. Teixeira ended Estrada's outing with a two-out homer in the fifth.

"Unfortunately, I made a mistake to Teixeira and he hit it," Estrada said. "Other than that, I felt pretty good. I can't wait for my pitch count to go up so I can give the guys (more) innings."

Pineda (4-0) allowed five hits and struck out six to win his fourth straight road start, a streak that began in Boston last September. The right-hander has road wins over all four division opponents in that span.

"He's been as good as anyone we've got," manager Joe Girardi said.

Russell Martin's double gave Toronto runners at second and third with two outs in the third, but Pineda got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out. That was the only inning in which Pineda allowed multiple runners.

"He was good. He shut down a hot offense," Gibbons said.

David Carpenter allowed three runs in the ninth, including a solo homer by Martin. Andrew Miller got one out for his 11th save, stranding runners at first and second.

New York is 14-4 since a 3-6 start.

Teixeira, held out of the lineup Monday because of a sore muscle in his lower back, hit his 373rd career home run, tying him with teammate Carlos Beltran for fourth-most by a switch-hitter.

Ellsbury had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice as the AL East leaders improved to 11-4 away from home, the best road record in the league.

TOLLESON TO BUFFALO

Blue Jays utility man Steve Tolleson cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Buffalo. Tolleson was designated for assignment April 24.

BIRD BRAIN

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Jays mascot fell onto the field while reaching over the low wall in front of the camera bay and trying to snare a foul ball.

RARE EVENT

Pineda issued his third base on balls of the season with a leadoff walk to Ezequiel Carrera in the third. Pineda had gone 20 innings since his previous walk, to Tampa Bay's David DeJesus on April 19.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Michael Saunders is expected to be held out until Friday after getting a cortisone shot and having fluid drained from his left knee Monday. Saunders was unlikely to start against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia on Wednesday, and the Blue Jays are off Thursday. ... INF-OF Danny Valencia was held out of the lineup. Valencia sprained his ankle when he stepped awkwardly while climbing the stairs to the clubhouse following Monday's game. Chris Colabello, called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, started in left field.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle is 1-14 in 21 career starts against the Yankees, with his lone victory coming in 2004. He has allowed 13 earned runs in his past two outings, both losses.

Yankees: Sabathia is winless in five starts this season but owns a 15-5 record in 21 career outings against Toronto, including a 10-2 mark in his past 13 games.

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