New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart smacked three-run homer each to lift the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-4, Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankees Stadium.
The homer was Stewart’s first long ball in more than three months while Cano belted his 200th career home run to make a winner out of a shaky Ivan Nova (7-4), who gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 frames.
Cano became the 16th player to hit 200 home runs in a Yankees uniform while Ichiro Suzuki, who had 1,278 hits in Japan, collected two hits to reach 3,999 for his professional career.
Jays starter Esmil Rogers yielded four runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings in a makeup of a game that was rained out on May 19.
Neil Wagner (2-4) absorbed the loss after giving up a three-run shot to Stewart in the sixth.
In the second, Nova surrendered an RBI single to Maicer Izturis, a run-scoring groundout to Kevin Pillar and a two-run double to Rajai Davis for a 4-0 Jays lead.
However, Cano delivered a three-run shot against Rogers in the third inning that landed in Monument Park before Stewart gave the Yankees the lead for good with his sixth-inning blast to left field.
The homer was Stewart’s fourth this season and his first since May 15, a span of 173 at-bats.
Cano added an RBI double in the seventh before Brett Gardner capped the Yankees’ scoring with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was removed from the game in the fourth inning due to soreness in his left hip.
Bautista walked in his only plate appearance and played three innings in the field before being taken out of the game by manager John Gibbons.
Bautista has appeared in all but seven of the Blue Jays’ 125 games this season. He missed three games in April with a right ankle injury and an additional four that same month with back spasms.
The 32-year-old Bautista is hitting .259 with 28 homers and 73 RBIs, and he has an .856 on-base plus slugging percentage. In 2012, Bautista’s season was cut short after 92 games due to a tendon injury in his left wrist that required surgery.