Another day, another big swing for Giancarlo Stanton.
The slugger simply loves this time of the year.
Stanton hit one of four homers in New York, Luis Severino grounded eight times when he was pitching in the sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Saturday.
Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird were also in contact while New York moved 31 matches over .500, matching a season stop. Andujar had three hits and three RBI & # 39; s and Gregorius also drove in three runs.
"We have just been difficult," said Stanton. "One to nine has just sharpened the pitcher and made good counts and damage."
Stanton made a long ride for the second consecutive day, this time a 412-foot solo shot with two outs in the fourth for his 32nd homer of the season.
The 28-year-old Stanton got off to a slow start in his first year at New York after he was taken over with Miami in a season off season. He only batted .198 with four homers and 12 RBI & # 39; s in his first 20 games.
But those days now seem long ago. He has seven homers in his last 12 games and batted .323 (23 for 71) in August. He beat .349 with 18 homers for last August with the Marlins.
"I knew I had a big hole to dig out," Stanton said. "But I never doubt my profession or my work, sometimes it takes (this) in this game longer than you expected or wanted."
Stanton helped to bear the burden for New York while Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez were sidelined put with injuries. Stanton himself is limited to designated-hitter duties due to a sore left hamstring, but he hopes to return to the field during an interleague series in Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"He is an elite level slugger," said manager Aaron Boone. "He is a big reason why we could continue to win games."
Toronto has lost three consecutive and four of six. Billy McKinney, who came when the Blue Jays J.A. Happ to the Yankees last month, had two hits and two RBI's against his former team, but Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) was hit hard in his second Major League-start.
"There is a lot of talent," Toronto manager John Gibbons said about his young players. "They are just trying to use it (s) to put the whole game together."
The Yankees scored in each of the first five innings. Gregorius hit a two-run shot in the first for his 22nd Homer. Andujar added a two-run double in the third run of New York and then hit a solo in the fifth for his 20th Homer.
Reid-Foley was accused of eight points, six earned and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He knocked six out and got three free runs.
Severino (16-6) won for only the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star righthander allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings, putting him in a tie with Washington's Max Scherzer for the main win in win.
Toronto used a few mistakes to score five times in the sixth. McKinney had a basehit, but was eliminated and tried to reach the third after rightfielder Neil Walker misplayed the ball.
Bird homered in the eighth when the Yanks scored three runs on two relievers to create a small breathing space. Nine different Yankees have at least 10 homers.