Yankees Tie MLB Record With Five-Home Run Inning, Win Eighth Straight
NEW YORK — They don't call them the Bronx Bombers for nothing.
The Yankees hit five home runs in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, setting a new franchise record and tying a Major League record for the most homers in a single frame.
After the fourth-inning barrage at Yankee Stadium, and by the end of a 10-7 win, New York had also set a new Major League record for the most home runs in a three-game span, with 19.
Thursday night's power outburst was the third-consecutive game where New York's offense hit six home runs. That also goes down as a Major League record.
"That was a lot of fun," Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said. "Everyone just started unloading with really good at-bats … Really good to see everyone contributing."
After a one-out walk from Clint Frazier in the fourth, and a ringing RBI double in the gap from Gary Sánchez, the Bombers went into Home Run Derby mode.
Brett Gardner got the party started with a two-run shot into the Yankees' bullpen off Toronto's right-hander Chase Anderson in right-center field, putting those in pinstripes ahead 5-2.
The following two pitches also left the yard. Infielder DJ LeMahieu slapped a high fastball over the short porch in right before first baseman Luke Voit made it back-to-back-to-back jacks with a solo shot to right center.
It was Voit's 20th long ball of the season, extending his lead with the most big flies in all of baseball. For LeMahieu, it marked his third-consecutive game with a home run, the first time he's done so in his career.
After a strikeout from outfielder Aaron Hicks, the homers kept coming.
Giancarlo Stanton unleashed a missile on the first pitch he saw as well, clanking a solo shot off the right-center field bleachers. It was his first home run since coming off the injured list and third hit above 100 mph in the game.
To cap off the powerful frame, shortstop Gleyber Torres joined in on the fun. Going back-to-back with Stanton, Torres smacked a full-count pitch off the back of the visitor's bullpen in left.
Stanton wound up with his first four-hit performance in over two years. He joked that by the time it was his turn to hit in the fourth, with three homers already hit in the inning, he was trying not to "mess it up."
"It’s awesome to be a part of that big inning for sure," Stanton said. "They call these days ‘Happy Flight Days’ so it’s a lot of high energy in there, a lot of fun and a lot of smiling."
With each home run, the Yankees' dugout erupted louder and louder. New York is just the seventh team in baseball history to hit five home runs in a single inning.
"What a show, huh?" Gary Sánchez said through the Yankees' interpreter. "It’s been a while since we’ve felt that kind of energy ... We went through a bad stretch and to turn it around and find ourselves in a good place right now, and have the opportunity to give the fans a show like that, it feels good."
All five round-trippers came against Anderson. With seven earned runs in the inning, Anderson's ERA jumped up from 5.81 to 7.45 on the season.
When the dust had settled in the fourth, New York had a 9-2 lead over Toronto. The Bombers would go on to win, securing their eighth victory in a row.
Over New York's eight-game winning streak, as previously injured pieces have begun to rejoin the big-league club, the Bombers have hit more home runs (27) than opposing teams have scored runs (20).
Stanton said "scary" would be an adequate assessment of the caliber of the Yankees' starting lineup.
"With all of us in there at once, it’s something special," he said. "Something fun to be a part of and I’m looking forward to it. Coming together at the right time."
Asked what Thursday's record-setting performance would have been like fans packed in at Yankee Stadium, Boone said the Bronx would have been pretty "raucous." What matters most, however, is to continue to build momentum and keep going in the right direction leading up to the postseason.
"Finishing off an important home stand for us, playing the kind of ball we’re starting to play, swinging the bats like we are, those are nice," Boone said. "You miss walking off the field and sharing that with the fans. But look, I know we’re capable of great things as a club, they know that, we expect that and we’ve got to keep going now. "
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