NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four homers, Luis Severino struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Saturday.
Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird also connected as New York moved 31 games over .500, matching a season high. Andujar had three hits and three RBIs, and Gregorius also drove in three runs.
Stanton belted a long drive for the second straight day, this time a 412-foot solo shot with two out in the fourth for his 32nd homer of the season. He has seven homers in his last 12 games and is batting .323 (23 for 71) in August.
Toronto has lost three straight and four of six. Billy McKinney, who came over when the Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Yankees last month, had two hits and two RBIs against his former team, but Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) was hit hard in his second major league start.
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 New York’s three-run third, and then hit a solo drive in the fifth for his 20th homer.
Reid-Foley was charged with eight runs, six earned, and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Severino (16-6) won for just the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings, moving into a tie with Washington’s Max Scherzer for the major league lead in wins.
Toronto took advantage of a pair of errors to score five times in the sixth. McKinney had a bases-clearing single, but was thrown out trying to reach third after right fielder Neil Walker mishandled the ball.
Bird homered in the eighth as the Yanks scored three times off two relievers to create a little breathing room.
Yankees: C Austin Romine was hit by a Richard Urena foul tip in the fifth. The shortstop fouled off Severino’s 98-mph fastball and knocked off Romine’s mask. Plate umpire David Rackley prevented Romine from falling, holding him until he regained his footing. Romine initially remained in the game, but was replaced by Kyle Higashioka in the sixth.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (blister) expects to miss at least one start and is expected to land on the disabled list. Stroman noted the blister is “really deep.”
In a matchup of left-handers, Happ (13-6, 3.86 ERA) takes on Toronto’s Ryan Borucki (2-2, 3.29 ERA) on Sunday. Happ has won each of his three starts with the Yankees.
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