The Yanks (70-57) broke out of their offensive funk on Friday night and stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East with a 15-4 spanking of the Atlanta Braves.
Didi Gregorius led the charge with four hits and six RBI.
The Yanks scored five runs in the first inning on a 2-run double by Chase Headley and Gregorius’ seventh HR of the season, a 3-run blow.
Masahiro Tanaka was shaky early on, but settled in to give seven innings of work. Tanaka gave up two runs in the first but the Yanks bounced right back with four in the second to go up 9-2. Bird and Headley each drew bases loaded walks and Didi smacked a two-run single.
Tanaka gave up a gopher ball in the third. 9-3 Yanks.
The Yanks got four runs in the eighth to go up 13-3. Brian McCann, back in his old stomping grounds, hit a 3-run HR (23) and Didi followed later that inning with an RBI single.
In the ninth, Chris Young hit a solo HR (14) and McCann added a SF. 15-3.
Brian Mitchell, just brought back off the DL after that liner to his schnozz, gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth. 15-4.
3 hits for Beltran, 4 RBI for McCann, 3 RBI for Headley, 4 hits and 6 RBI for Didi.
Tanaka (W, 10-6, 3.62) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.09
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H , 1 walk and 0 k. 4.03.