Yankees hit four home runs while cruising past White Sox

Yankees hit four home runs while cruising past White Sox

CHICAGO — The hits — and wins — just keep coming for the Yankees.

The first-seeded Yankees extended their winning streak to five games by beating the White Sox 10-4 in guaranteed rate field on Friday night in a nearly clickable affair.

A night after hitting a season-high 15 runs, the Yankees battered around the White Sox and hit double-digit runs again. They also hit four home runs for a second straight game, with Aaron Judge hitting his 12th leading the majors and Giancarlo Stanton adding his 10th.

While home runs are down throughout the game, the Yankees’ sluggers are in midseason form.

“You could throw a softball up there and probably still hit it,” said Josh Donaldson, who could also warm up. “Not many parks can contain them. But it’s the whole lineup that contributes to that.”

Aaron Judge hits a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Aaron Judge hits a solo home run in the seventh inning.
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For Donaldson, after Stanton’s first inning blast, it was the end of the order that set off a rally in the second inning.

Aaron Hicks, who moved up to ninth in the order, delivered his first extra base hit since April 12 with an RBI double in second. In the fifth inning, Joey Gallo homed again.

It was all part of the Yankees’ 17th win in their last 19 games, which kept them 4 1/2 games ahead at Tampa Bay in the AL East after the Rays defeated the Blue Jays, who lost five straight games .

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after scoring a double homer.
Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after scoring a double homer.
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Gerrit Cole, who turned his season around by allowing just one run in his previous 19 innings, was great in the first five innings — and oddly allowed a run in the fourth. With runners on the corners and two outs, Cole faked a pickoff throw at first, resulting in a block that allowed Luis Robert to score from third.

Cole was injured by Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s second miss in game six. It came down to what looked like a routine grounder by Robert. When Kiner-Falefa made a late throw for the first, the game was ruled a hit. Gavin Sheets followed up with a homer to the right to cut the Yankees’ lead to 7-3.

There was some excitement at the end of the first after the White Sox loaded the bases.

Gerrit Cole plays during the Yankees’ win over the White Sox on Friday.
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Tim Anderson led with a double and Jose Abreu pulled a one-out walk. Kiner-Falefa then missed what should have been an inning-ending double play grounder from Robert to load the bases.

Cole beat Sheets, who went for the second out. Jose Trevino threw for third to knock out Anderson and Donaldson fell on the runner.

Anderson, apparently believing Donaldson landed on top of him on purpose, pushed the third baseman off himself and the two snapped jaws while the dugouts and bullpens began to empty.

Cooler heads prevailed, although Anderson and Donaldson continued their back-and-forth before Cole fanned AJ Pollock to escape the threat in the 28-pitch inning.

“It was a baseball game,” Donaldson said. “I wanted to do the label. I leaned into him a bit – not on purpose – and he probably didn’t like that. It was two guys competing and trying to make a game.

Giancarlo Stanton (left) and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees' win over the White Sox.
Giancarlo Stanton (left) and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees’ win over the White Sox.
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Josh Donaldson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the eighth inning.
Josh Donaldson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the eighth inning.
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The Yankees scored three more runs against right-hander Vince Velasquez in the second inning from some unlikely sources.

Kiner-Falefa, who was hitless in his previous 16 at-bats, achieved an infield hit with an out and moved up to third with Trevino’s hit-and-run single to the left.

Hicks broke his 0-of-19 sled with an RBI double to the right and DJ LeMahieu’s groundout to shortstop drove in another run before Donaldson continued the attack with a double to the left and Hicks drove in for 5-0.

In the fourth, Judge hit his eighth homer in his last 13 games to take a 6-0 lead.

“I like it when they just go up there,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge and Stanton. “You’re both in a really good place now.”

And the Yankees too.

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