New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 5 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in Toronto. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI | License Photo
Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton swatted a homer in his fourth straight game on Tuesday night to push New York's winning streak to seven, and help lock down a playoff spot with less than a week left in the regular season.
Stanton's 421-foot bomb came in the seventh inning of the 7-2 triumph over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The four-time All-Star went 2 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
"It's good to be able to come through in those moments and just help us win at the end of the day," Stanton told reporters after the game.
"That's what it's about. If I have four or five opportunities at bat, I can do something good."
Shortstop Bo Bichette put the Blue Jays ahead with an RBI single in the bottom of the first before Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge smacked a 366-foot solo homer in the third to tie the score.
Blue Jays left fielder Corey Dickerson plated Bichette with an RBI double in the fourth before the Yankees answered with two runs in the fifth. Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single and Judge followed with an RBI sacrifice fly.
In the seventh inning, Yankees third baseman D.J. LeMahieu singled off Blue Jays relief pitcher Trevor Richards and Judge drew a walk two at-bats later to put two runners on for Stanton.
The Yankees slugger fell behind 1-2 in the count, but hit Richards' 2-2 offering, an 84.5-mph changeup, into the second deck in left field to give the Yankees a 6-2 edge.
Stanton's three-run homer traveled 107 mph off his bat, flew 104 feet above the field and went from home plate to the seats in 5.7 seconds, according to Statcast.
New York shortstop Gio Urshela brought in the final run with a 381-foot solo homer to left in the ninth.
Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed six hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings in the loss. He's 13-10 this season with a 4.39 ERA, his career-worst for a full season.
Yankees starter Jameson Taillon allowed one hit and one run in 2 1/3 innings, but was not on record for a decision.
Rizzo, Judge and Urshela joined Stanton with two hits each for the Yankees. Bichette went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Blue Jays.
Stanton is hitting .278 with 35 homers and 96 RBIs this season. He has hit .529 (9 for 17) with four homers, two doubles, 13 RBIs and four runs scored in his last four games.
Tuesday's win helped New York solidify a wild card spot in the postseason.
Last weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays (97-60) clinched the American League East but the Yankees (90-67) own a two-game lead on the rival Boston Red Sox (88-69) in the wild card chase. The Blue Jays (87-70) are one game behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card chase.
Toronto again hosts the Yankees for the second game of the series on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. EDT.