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Blue Jays win 8th straight, sweep Yankees 2-0 to close in

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NEW YORK— Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista each hit a long home run, and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep that tightened the AL East race.

Marco Estrada tossed three-hit ball into the seventh inning against the suddenly slumping Yankees, outpitching Masahiro Tanaka during Toronto’s second consecutive shutout. In a series that featured the top two offenses in the majors,  New York mustered only one run.

With their 11th win in 12 games, the streaking Blue Jays pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees. It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept  New York in a series of at least three games.

Yankees star Brett Gardner slammed down his helmet with two hands after grounding out to end the third. The next inning, he was hit in the back by Bautista’s home run ball when a fan in the left-field stands threw it back onto the field.