Darwin Barney

Happ Wins 17th As Jays Defeat Yankees 7-4

NEW YORK — Before this season, J.A. Happ had a career record of 62-61 with a 4.13 ERA. This year, he's putting up Cy Young Award numbers.

Happ won his career-best 11th consecutive decision to become the first 17-game winner in the majors, pitching the Toronto Blue Jays past the New York Yankees 7-4 on Wednesday.

"He's just turned into a better pitcher. He's more of a command guy," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's got a great feel. He's doing a tremendous job."

Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer and Darwin Barney had an early two-run double for the first-place Blue Jays, who hold a slim lead over Baltimore and Boston in the AL East....