TORONTO (WNN) – Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run, Aaron Judge scored two, and the New York Yankees extended their lead in the AL wild card standings as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Gio Ursella added a single homer and Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits and went into a run as New York (90–67) won their seventh straight and two games against Boston (88–69) in a wild card race. Play. Five games left, the Yankees suffered another injury when Jameson Tallon re-injured an ankle and went into the third inning.
Toronto (87-70) drew three games behind the Yankees but remained one game behind Boston for a second wild card.
Stanton homed for the fourth straight game when he connected right-hander Trevor Richards with two outs in the seventh, driving the ball into the left second deck. Homer was 35th for Stanton, who leads the Yankees with 96 RBIs.
“We’re playing for the funnel, we’re playing for a lot, and I think G is just embodying that,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Stanton scored 2 for 5 with a double. He is batting this month with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 92. Batting this month.
Stanton became the first Yankees player since Paul O’Neill in 1999 with 13 or more RBIs in a four-game period in September. It is also the most RBIs in any four-game period in Stanton’s 12-year career.
He was seventh Yankees with a pair of four-game homer streaks in a season, after Babe Ruth (1930), Lou Gehrig (’31), Joe DiMaggio (’37), Yogi Berra (’56), Roger Maris (’56). Player turned 61) and Alex Rodriguez (’07). Maris and A-Rod both did it three times.
“Like I say all the time, he’s a unicorn,” Boone said of Stanton. “We shake our heads sometimes.”
Stanton’s homer came on an 84 mph change that crossed the plate 1.26 feet above the ground. This is the lowest pitch of his career.
“He threw me a couple that were in the vicinity,” Stanton said. “I just had to make sure I stayed inside it and tried to scoop it up. It was a little off the plate, but with that mindset, sometimes you will reach for them.”
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said he found Stanton’s homer hard to believe even after watching a replay.
“I don’t know how you can hit a ball like that,” Montoyo said. “That ball was almost in the dirt, and he went and got it out.”
Judge’s single homer from left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-10) in the third gave the Yankees at least one home run in 19 consecutive games, extending their season-high streak. The judge’s homer was his 37th.
Ursella hit her 14th homer in the ninth off Anthony Castro.
In Sunday night’s win in Boston, Judge started in right field after slipping his left pinky into second base. He went 2 for 2 with two walks and a sacrificial fly.
“I thought it was going to be okay, but seeing him go out and get instant breakthroughs and hit the ball like that was definitely encouraging,” Boone said.
Reactivated from the injured list on Monday after missing 19 games due to a right ankle injury, Talone dropped one to third after aggravating the same injury. Talon persuades an athletic trainer to come out of the dugout, then leaves after a brief discussion. He was replaced by right-handed Michael King.
“I could tell right away that he had outgrown it again,” Boone said of Talon. “It was a quick decision for me to get him out of there.”
Talon allowed one run and one hit in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and hit two.
King (1-4) conceded a run in 2 2/3 innings for the second win of his three-year big league career.
Clay Holmes finished sixth, Chad Green and Luis Severino each played one innings each, and Vandy Perlata was eliminated.
Ryu allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, giving up after tying Rizzo’s single.
“He gave us a chance,” Montoyo said. “He did what we wanted him to do.”
Adam Cimber came in and made the judge’s advancing sacrificial fly 3-2.
Ryu was relegated from the injury list 10 days before the game after being ruled out on 17 September due to a neck pain. He went 2-4 with 8.10 ERA in eight starts before his injury.
Bo Bichette hit an RBI single off Talon in the first and a double from King on Corey Dickerson’s RBI in the third, but Toronto could not hold on. The Blue Jays have lost five out of eight.
Bichette’s multi-hit game was his AL-leading 54th.
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This is the third time the Yankees have had a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game losing streak in the same month. He did it in June 1953 and September 1985 as well.
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The Blue Jays have lost four consecutive openers.
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Toronto scored 28,769 in their first home game as the capacity of the Rogers Center was doubled from 15,000 to 30,000.
Lourdes’ Blue Jays Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup after missing the last three games. Gurrell needed two stitches to close a cut on the back of his right hand after he was stepped on by teammate Randall Grichuk. Gurriel scored 0 for 4 and walked off the field to end the game. …Toronto activated INF Cavan Bigio (back stiffness) from his 10-day injured list. The Blue Jays selected LHPs Kirby Snead and Ryan Borucki in Triple-A to make room for Ryu and Biggio.
Blue Jays RHP Jose Berios (12-9, 3.48) will start on Wednesday against Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.08). Cole beat Boston last Friday to register his AL-leading 16th win.
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