Happ wins 3rd straight, Jays hit 3 HRs, beat Pirates 7-1

Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, Aug.

TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday.

Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of 13 at home.

Happ (6-8) allowed one run and four hits, walked three and struck out eight, improving to 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in August.

Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and David Freese hit consecutive singles off Happ in a shaky first, but the former Pirate allowed just two base runners over the next four innings.

The Blue Jays scored five runs off Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (5-8) in a bat-around first inning. Jose Bautista drew a leadoff walk and scored when Donaldson blasted a homer off the facing of the third deck in left. Measured at 452 feet, it was Donaldson's longest homer of the season.


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