NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three dwelling runs, DJ LeMahieu related twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in one other Bronx air present, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night time.
Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his main league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot because the Yankees gained their seventh straight sport following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 half of video games forward of Toronto for second place within the AL East, with the highest two groups ensured spots within the expanded postseason that begins in lower than two weeks.
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LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier additionally related Tuesday — Voit homered twice — when New York hit six dwelling runs and pummeled Toronto 20-6. It’s the primary time the Yankees have hit six homers in consecutive video games.
Gerrit Cole (6-3) had one other overpowering begin for New York, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. The proper-hander accomplished seven innings of three-hit ball, placing out eight and strolling two. He additionally took a no-hitter into the fifth in his earlier begin — a seven-inning, two-hit shutout towards Baltimore within the opener of a doubleheader Friday.
Aaron Decide was activated from the injured listing however wasn’t a lot assist, going hitless with three strikeouts. The 2-time All-Star had been out since Aug. 26 after re-aggravating a strained proper calf.
Higashioka had by no means topped three homers in a season however has 4 previously six days whereas rising as Cole’s most popular batterymate. The final New York participant with three homers in a sport was teammate Gary Sánchez on April 7, 2019 at Baltimore.
The 30-year-old Higashioka hit a two-run homer within the third off Tanner Roark (2-2), a solo shot within the sixth towards Jacob Waguespack and one other two-run drive within the seventh off Hector Perez. He matched a profession excessive with 5 RBIs.
One of many group’s longest-tenured gamers after being drafted in 2008, Higashioka didn’t make the majors till 2017 and was routinely shuttled between Triple-A and the majors previous to this season. He began the 12 months as Sánchez’s full-time backup and has been getting extra taking part in time as Sánchez struggles. Higashioka is batting .250 in 12 video games this season.
New York is the primary group in main league historical past to have their Nos. 1 and 9 hitters join a minimum of twice in the identical sport, in keeping with STATS.
Decide’s return offers supervisor Aaron Boone a full steady of place gamers after accidents to Decide, LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela almost derailed New York’s season.
LeMahieu acquired the absolutely loaded Bronx Bombers going along with his main league-leading fifth leadoff homer, a liner that narrowly cleared Yankee Stadium’s quick proper subject fence. He additionally had for a two-run shot within the fourth, his ninth of the season. LeMahieu has 5 profession multihomer video games, together with two this month.
Jonathan Villar ended Cole’s no-hit bid with a leadoff double within the sixth. Villar later scored on Cole’s wild pitch.
Jonathan Loaisiga relieved Cole and pitched a scoreless eighth in his first look since recovering from an undisclosed sickness. Nick Nelson allowed Joe Panik’s solo homer within the ninth earlier than ending off the five-hitter.
Blue Jays: OF Teoscar Hernández (left indirect) was activated from the IL. … RHP Ken Giles was positioned on the 10-day IL with a proper flexor pressure. … RHPs Perez and Waguespack had been known as up from the alternate website. Perez made his main league debut. … OF Derek Fisher was positioned on the 10-day injured listing with a proper knee bruise. … LHP Anthony Kay was optioned and added to the taxi squad.
Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left flexor tendon pressure) was transferred to the 45-day injured listing, ending his season. … Torres (quad) was held out of the lineup for a second straight sport with tightness that Boone mentioned was minor. Boone mentioned Torres was accessible as a late-game substitute and is predicted to start out Thursday. … Stanton (left hamstring) was held out a day after getting back from the injured listing as a part of New York’s plan to ease him again into full-time responsibility. Boone expects Stanton to start out Thursday.
Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.16 ERA) closes out the sequence towards Toronto, which hadn’t introduced a starter.
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