Stanton HRs as Yankees beat Jays 7-2, extend wild card lead

TORONTO — Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run house run, Aaron Decide homered and drove in two runs and the New York Yankees prolonged their lead atop the AL wild card standings by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Tuesday night time.

Gio Urshela added a solo homer and Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits and drove in a run as New York (90-67) received its seventh straight and moved two video games in entrance of Boston (88-69) within the wild card race with 5 video games left. The Yankees took one other harm hit when Jameson Taillon reinjured an ankle and left within the third inning.

Toronto (87-70) dropped three video games behind the Yankees however stays a sport behind Boston for the second wild card.

Stanton homered for the fourth straight sport when he related off right-hander Trevor Richards with two out within the seventh, driving the ball into the second deck in left. The homer was the thirty fifth for Stanton, who leads the Yankees with 96 RBIs.

“We’re playing for keeps, we’re playing for a lot, and I think G is embodying that right now,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned.

Stanton went 2 for five with a double. He’s batting .304 with 10 house runs and 25 RBI in 92 at bats this month.

Stanton grew to become the primary Yankees participant with 13 or extra RBIs in a four-game span in September since Paul O’Neill in 1999. It’s additionally essentially the most RBIs in any 4 sport span for Stanton in his 12-year profession.

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He grew to become the seventh Yankees participant 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 (’61) and Alex Rodriguez (’07). Maris and A-Rod each did it thrice.

“Like I say all the time, he’s a unicorn,” Boone mentioned of Stanton. “We just kind of shake our heads sometimes.”

Stanton’s homer got here on an 84 mph changeup that crossed the plate 1.26 ft off the bottom. It’s the bottom pitch he’s homered on in his profession.

“He threw me a couple that were in the vicinity,” Stanton mentioned. “I just had to make sure I stayed inside of it and tried to scoop it. It was a bit in off the plate but, with that mentality, sometimes you’ll get to those.”

Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned he discovered Stanton’s homer arduous to consider even after watching a replay.

“I don’t know how you can hit a ball like that,” Montoyo mentioned. “That ball was almost in the dirt, and he went and hit it out.”

Decide’s solo homer off left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-10) within the third gave the Yankees at the very least one house run in 19 consecutive video games, extending their season-high streak. Decide’s homer was his thirty seventh.

Urshela hit his 14th homer off Anthony Castro within the ninth.

Decide began in proper discipline after dislocating his left pinky sliding into second base in Sunday night time’s win at Boston. He went 2 for two with two walks and a sacrifice fly.

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“I felt like it was going to be OK,” Boone mentioned, “but to see him go out and have immediate success and hit the ball like he did, that was certainly encouraging.”

Activated off the injured listing Monday after lacking 19 video games due to a proper ankle harm, Taillon left one out into the third after aggravating the identical harm. Taillon motioned for an athletic coach to come back out of the dugout, then walked off following a short dialogue. He was changed by right-hander Michael King.

“I could tell right away that he had re-aggaravated it,” Boone mentioned of Taillon. “It was a quick decision for me to get him out of there.”

Taillon allowed one run and one hit in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

King (1-4) gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings for the second victory of his three-year large league profession.

Clay Holmes pitched round a pair of walks within the sixth, Chad Inexperienced and Luis Severino every labored one good inning and Wandy Perlata completed.

Ryu allowed three runs and 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings, leaving after Rizzo’s tying single.

“He gave us a chance,” Montoyo mentioned. “He did what we want him to do.”

Adam Cimber got here on and gave up Decide’s go-ahead sacrifice fly, making it 3-2.

Ryu was activated off the 10-day injured listing earlier than the sport after being out since Sept. 17 due to a sore neck. He went 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA within the eight begins previous to his harm.

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Bo Bichette hit an RBI single off Taillon within the first and scored on Corey Dickerson’s RBI double off King within the third, however Toronto couldn’t maintain on. The Blue Jays have misplaced 5 of eight.

Bichette’s multi-hit sport was his AL-leading 54th.

7 & 7

That is the third time the Yankees have had each a seven-game successful streak and a seven-game shedding streak in the identical month. Additionally they did it in June 1953 and September 1985.

OPEN AND SHUT

The Blue Jays have misplaced 4 straight collection openers.

DRAWING A CROWD

Toronto drew 28,769 in its first house sport since capability at Rogers Centre was doubled from 15,000 to 30,000.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup after lacking the previous three video games. Gurriel wanted two stitches to shut a reduce on the again of his proper hand after being stepped on by teammate Randal Grichuk. Gurriel went 0 for 4, grounding out to finish the sport. … Toronto activated INF Cavan Biggio (again tightness) off the 10-day injured listing. The Blue Jays optioned LHPs Kirby Snead and Ryan Borucki to Triple-A to create space for Ryu and Biggio.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (12-9, 3.48) begins Wednesday in opposition to Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.08). Cole beat Boston final Friday for his AL-leading sixteenth win.

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