Yankees' Offense Explodes For 20-Run Onslaught in Huge Blowout Victory

Max Goodman

NEW YORK — During the NFL's opening week, the New York Jets scored 17 points while the New York Giants racked up 16.

On Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees would outscore both franchises, tallying 20 runs against the Toronto Blue Jays.

New York's offense erupted for 16 hits and six home runs in a 20-6 onslaught victory over the Blue Jays. The Bombers batted around in three-consecutive innings from the second through the fourth frame.

"We're clicking at the right time, right before the playoffs start. Top to bottom we have a scary lineup" first baseman Luke Voit said. "Couple weeks ago I don't think teams were scared of us and now we're back to being the Bronx Bombers. I don't think people want to play us in the playoffs."

With the victory, the Yankees leapfrogged their division rivals in the American League East, returning to second place in the division with a 27-21 record.

Tuesday's 20-run outburst was the highest run total in a single game at the current Yankee Stadium (second to 22 runs against Oakland on Aug. 25, 2011). It was the 30th time in franchise history that New York's offense eclipsed the 20-run mark. 

Voit hit his Major League–leading 17th home run in a seven-run second inning. He went on to go deep a second time, extending his lead atop the big-league leaderboard with 18 big flies on the season.

READ: Luke Voit Powers Yankees to Win With Two Home Runs, Ties Major League Lead

DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Gary Sánchez each homered as well in the blowout win. LeMahieu's solo shot came off Toronto's Santiago Espinal—a position player—on a 48.7 mph pitch.

"That just kind of lets the legend of The Machine to grow a little bit," Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said. "98, 48, 78, slider, fastball, it doesn’t matter. He’s just a special hitter."

Both Voit and LeMahieu had five runs batted in. Sánchez had four RBI.

In his fourth big-league start, Deivi García continued to dominate. He earned his second-career win, tossing seven innings of three-run ball while striking out six. He's struck out six in each of his four outings with the Yankees this summer, pitching seven innings in back-to-back starts.

"I can sum up those four outings and describe them as experience," García said through New York's interpreter. "Experience of battling, facing teams, good energy I've gotten from my teammates. Learning stones that will be important in my career and that I will never forget."

Every member of the Yankees' starting lineup had a base hit except for designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton in the cleanup spot. In his return from the injured list—after spending more than a month on the sidelines with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain—Stanton punched out twice and went 0-for-4.

New York has now won six games in a row and with sole possession of second place in the division will look to continue rolling on Wednesday night with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound.

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