Red-hot Yankees lean on long ball as Blue Jays stumble in opener of crucial series

Aaron Choose, Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela homered to energy the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night time within the opener of a vital three-game collection.

Choose belted a solo shot, Stanton launched a three-run blast and Urshela added a late insurance coverage run to assist New York pad its lead within the American League wild-card race.

The Yankees (90-67) moved three video games up on Toronto (87-70) and prolonged their profitable streak to seven video games. Regardless of the loss, the Blue Jays remained one sport behind the Boston Pink Sox, who’re clinging to the second wild-card spot.

The Pink Sox, who had been swept by New York final weekend, dropped a 4-2 determination to the Baltimore Orioles for his or her fourth straight loss. The Seattle Mariners, in the meantime, had been tied with Toronto coming into their sport in opposition to the visiting Oakland Athletics later Tuesday night time.

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A recent loosening of venue capacity restrictions in Ontario allowed for attendance at Rogers Centre — announced at 28,769 — to essentially be doubled from the stadium’s previous limit.

Leadoff hitter George Springer helped boost the playoff-like atmosphere by staking the Blue Jays to a first-inning lead. He was walked by Yankees starter Jameson Taillon, stole second and scored on a Bo Bichette single.

Taillon, making his return after a three-week absence due to a right ankle tendon issue, took himself out of the game after 2 1/3 innings when he aggravated the injury. He was replaced by right-hander Michael King (1-4).

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Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu was reinstated earlier in the day after a stint on the 10-day injured list (neck). Judge worked a full count on the veteran left-hander in the third inning before hitting his 37th home run of the season.

Toronto’s Corey Dickerson got the start in left field with Lourdes Gurriel Jr., serving as designated hitter after missing three games due to a finger injury. Bichette led off the fourth with a single and Dickerson drove him in with a double to restore Toronto’s one-run lead.

The Yankees got to Ryu in the fifth when Urshela hit a one-out single and moved to second on a DJ LeMahieu walk. Anthony Rizzo flared a single to left field and Dickerson’s throw hit Urshela as he ran down the third-base line.

Sidearmer Adam Cimber relieved Ryu with two runners in scoring position. Judge lined out to right field to bring home LeMahieu on a sacrifice fly with the go-ahead run and Stanton grounded out to limit the damage.

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Toronto reliever Nate Pearson worked a scoreless frame before Trevor Richards was tagged for three runs in the seventh. LeMahieu singled and Judge walked before Stanton hit a no-doubt blast for his 35th homer of the year.

Urshela’s solo shot in the ninth inning was his 14th homer of the season. New York outhit Toronto 11-3.

Ryu (13-10) gave up six hits, three earned runs and a walk while striking out three.

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