Lind homers as Blue Jays beat Yankees 8-3

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TORONTO (AP) - Marcus Stroman got worn down by a patient Yankees lineup when he faced them in the Bronx last week.

The Blue Jays rookie right-hander was more efficient Monday - and way more effective.

Adam Lind hit a three-run home run in his return to the starting lineup, Stroman won for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 8-3, handing the Yankees their third straight loss.

Stroman (4-2) allowed one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings. He walked one and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.

“It was a fantastic job,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We needed that.”

Stroman took the loss in a 3-1 defeat at Yankee Stadium last Tuesday, throwing 98 pitches in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the year.

This time, Stroman made sure the pitches didn’t pile up early by pounding the strike zone.

“Better overall command,” Stroman said when asked what was working this time around. “Throwing the ball in the strike zone more and making better pitches.”

Lind drove in four runs and Dioner Navarro had two RBIs for Toronto.

“Lindy is a big part of this offense,” Gibbons said. “He kills right-handers.”

The AL East-leading Blue Jays scored as many runs in this game against New York as they managed over three games while being swept at Yankee Stadium last week.

New York rookie Chase Whitley (3-1) saw his three-start winning streak snapped, allowing season highs of 11 hits and eight runs over 3 1-3 innings, the shortest of his eight outings this season. Whitley walked three and struck out two.

“I couldn’t command the ball at all, like I have been in the past,” Whitley said. “I got away from the game plan.”

Mark Teixeira homered off Stroman in the fourth for New York’s only run. The Yankees, who lost 8-0 to Baltimore Sunday, have scored just four runs during their three-game skid, two of them on solo homers by Teixeira. They did not put a runner in scoring position until the ninth inning against the Blue Jays.

Girardi said he hasn’t lost faith in his lineup despite the recent run of meager production.

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