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Bautista goes deep for fourth straight game

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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista contined his recent surge at the plate by extending his streak of consecutive games with a home run to four in Saturday afternoon's 2-0 Blue Jays win over the Yankees.

Bautista's two-run drive came with two outs during the first inning, and it marked the first time Bautista has homered in four straight games since Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2009.

Ten other players in franchise history have homered in four consecutive games. The club record is six, achieved by Jose Cruz Jr. during the 2001 season.

"I'm going up the plate and hoping for good at-bats," Bautista said. "I'm having some good ones and some bad ones. The bottom line is I want to contribute on a daily basis."

The home run was also the 100th of Bautista's career at Rogers Centre. He's now two shy of 30 homers on the season, a plateau the veteran slugger hasn't hit since 2011.

Bautista's recent run of success follows a brief skid that saw him go 0- for-17 at the plate. That slump is now a distant memory.

"[The key is] just not missing your pitch, making the right adjustments within at-bats and between games, depending on who's pitching and how they might attack you," Bautista said. "Not missing the pitch when you get it."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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