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Bautista homers in fifth straight game

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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has moved within one of the Blue Jays' franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run.

Bautista homered during the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon's 4-3 victory over the Yankees. It marked the fifth straight game in which Bautista homered, and history is now within his sights.

Jose Cruz Jr. holds the all-time Toronto record with home runs in six consecutive games from Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2001. Bautista will have a chance to tie that on Tuesday night against the Rays.

"That's so hard to do what he's doing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He is in a nice little groove. I think he is waiting his at-bats out for a pitch to hit.

"He's using that left-center-field gap pretty good -- that shows you he's on the ball, he's not spinning off it. That's where he runs into trouble. He's a good hitter. It's tough to hit [homers in five games] in a row, but he's a guy that can do that."

Six of Bautista's last eight hits have gone over the wall. He's one shy of hitting 30 home runs for the first time since 2011, and needs three more to become the fifth player in franchise history with 200 homers.

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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