Yankees hit 5 home runs in inning for 1st time

Tanya Simon
September 20, 2020

After scoring 20 runs in the first game, NY was ready to make another statement and prove why they should be the second best team in the AL East.

In addition to Higashioka's power show, DJ LeMahieu hit two homers and Clint Frazier and Luke Voit added one each. Voit leads the majors in home runs with 19.

Aaron Hicks struck out, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with home runs that gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead and chased Anderson.

The Yankees held on for a 10-7 victory, their eighth win in a row after dropping eight of 10.

Gary Sanchez's solo shot in the seventh was the Yankees' sixth of the night and 19th in the three-game series. They hit three consecutive homers for the first time since June 2017 at Toronto.

The 19 homers are the most in any three-game span in Major League Baseball history, according to Elias data.

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"It is kind of insane how baseball works sometimes, " said Higashioka, who started the night hitting.188 (6-for-32). "In general it was just awesome to see everyone contribute like that".

NY held a 3-2 lead when Gardner began the outburst by lining a fastball from Chase Anderson (0-2) 412 feet over the center field fence for a 5-2 lead.

After losing 15 of 20 games and almost dropping out of the AL's eight playoff spots, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 71-20 over their winning streak.

Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Chapman threw fastballs on all 12 pitches, ending the game with a 101 miles per hour pitch that Hernandez swung under.

"We will see, " Boone said when asked if he wanted to keep Wednesday night's battery together as long as he could. "We came back and made them use their closer", Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

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