TORONTO – Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run club, Aaron Judge blew the wall and drove in two touchdowns and the New York Yankees increased their lead to the top of the AL wild-card table after beating Tuesday 7-7. 2 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gio Urshela added a solo home run and Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits and produced a run for New York (90-67), which posted its seventh straight win and was two games ahead of Boston (88-69) in contention. for a wild card ticket with five games to play.
The Yankees suffered another injury, however, when Jameson Taillon injured his ankle again and had to leave the game in the third inning.
Toronto (87-70) trailed the Yankees three games but is still one game away from Boston for the second wild-card berth.
Stanton homered for the fourth straight game when he hit a pitch by right-hander Trevor Richards with two outs in the seventh inning, sending the ball to the second floor of the bleachers in left field. It was his 35th homer and allowed him to reach 96 RBIs, the most for the Yankees.
“We play for a lot of things that are at stake, and I think G has understood that perfectly,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Stanton went 2-for-5 with a double. He has a .304 batting average with 10 homers and 25 RBIs in 92 at-bats this month.
He became the first Yankees player with 13 or more RBIs in a four-game span in September since Paul O’Neill did it in 1999. He is also the most RBI of any four-game span in his 12 years. career.
Judge’s solo home run off left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-10) in the third inning gave the Yankees at least one home run in 19 straight games, extending their best streak of the season. It was Judge’s 37th slap.
Colombian Urshela hit his 14th homer off Anthony Castro in the fifth.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 4-1. The Dominican Gary Sánchez 3-1. Colombian Urshela 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
For the Blue Jays, the Dominican Teoscar Hernández 3-0; Santiago Espinal 3-0. Cuban Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 4-0.