NEW YORK -- Thanks to big hits from Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart, the Yankees find themselves six games out of a playoff spot with 38 games to go. Cano and Stewart each hit three-run homers and Cano added an RBI double to lift the Yankees to an 8-4 victory and their seventh win in nine games.
The Bombers have a chance to gain more ground this evening when they face Toronto in the second game of a doubleheader.
ROCKIN' ROBBIE: Cano carried the day again. With the Yankees in an early 4-0 hole, Cano hit a three-run homer in the third, then added an RBI double in the seventh to put the Yankees up 7-4 and give the bullpen an insurance run.
Cano finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs. Not bad.
Entering the game, Cano had hit safely in 12 of 13 games, batting .408 with four doubles, a homer and six RBIs.
CHRIS-MAS: Stewart put the Yankees ahead 6-4 with a three-run shot to left in the bottom of the sixth.
It was Stewart's fourth homer of the season and snapped a homerless streak of 173 at-bats. Stewart's previous homer came on May 15 against Seattle.
WE WANT MO: Mariano Rivera came in with one on and one out in the ninth and closed out the game by inducing a groundout and fly out. He did not earn the save but sealed the win for right-hander Ivan Nova, who spread out nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs and struck out two.
THE DAILY A-ROD: A-Rod finished 1-for-3 with a single, two strikeouts and a walk. He is hitting .320 this season, with two homers, six RBIs and an .894 OPS.
ICHIRO ONE AWAY: Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and is one hit shy of 4,000 for his career. He had 1,278 hits in Japan.