Gio Urshela accounted for three runs, Masahiro Tanaka pitched six innings of two-run ball and the New York Yankees recorded a 4-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
The Yankees improved to 12-0-1 in their past 13 series at home since dropping two of three to the Chicago White Sox April 12-14. New York also scored a run for the 173rd straight game, one shy of matching the 1992-1993 Philadelphia Phillies for the fourth-longest streak without being shut out in baseball history.
Urshela helped the Yankees win for the 18th time in 23 games by producing a two-run single in the second off Marcus Stroman (5-10) and scoring the tie-breaking run on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Mike Tauchman homered in the seventh while Aaron Judge reached base three times as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the 16th time in the past 22 meetings despite committing three errors.
Randal Grichuk and Eric Sogard homered for the Blue Jays, who were held under three runs for the fifth time in six games.
Tanaka (6-5) won his third straight decision, surrendering four hits. He worked around the homers and struck out five without a walk while throwing 79 pitches and getting diving plays by Tauchman in left field and Gleyber Torres at second in the sixth inning.
Four relievers combined on three scoreless innings and Aroldis Chapman tossed a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.
In a possible trade audition for the Yankees and other contenders, Stroman allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. He tied a season high with seven strikeouts and walked two.
The Yankees took a 2-0 lead when Urshela lined a single to left field.
Toronto made it a one-run game when Grichuk led off the fifth by hammering a fastball off an advertisement in the back of the Yankee bullpen in right-center for his 16th homer. The Blue Jays tied the game when Sogard lifted a fastball into the right-field seats for his 10th homer.
New York had runners at second and third when Stroman threw a 1-1 pitch to the backstop. The ball caromed quickly to catcher Danny Jansen and Urshela was originally ruled out by plate umpire Ryan Blakney. The call was overturned via a replay challenge by New York as replays showed Urshela's foot beat the tag.
Tauchman added insurance with a long homer into the right-center field bleachers off Derek Law in the seventh.
--Field Level Media