In a game which featured eight homers, four by each team, the Yankees (47-27) outslugged Houston 10-6 for their sixth straight victory.
Tampa Bay lost out in Oakland, so the Yankees have a 4 1/2 game lead over the Rays in the AL East. Boston, who was idle, is 7 back.
Aaron Judge comes off the IL today, and Nestor Cortes, who was the winning pitcher in this game, was sent down after the game to make room for Judge.
That move means the Yanks can hold on to red-hot Cameron Maybin. Cortes, having pitched 3 innings, wouldn’t be available for a few days anyway.
The Yanks jumped out to a 6-0 lead with six runs in the fourth inning. Gary Sanchez led off the inning with a HR (22). Giancarlo Stanton doubled, Edwin Encarnacion walked and Gleyber Torres hit a 3-run HR (17) to make it 4-0. Didi Gregorius grounded out, but Cameron Maybin walked. After a popup by Brett Gardner, D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (9) to make it 6-0 Yanks.
Cortes gave up back-to-back HR in the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Encarnacion walked and Torres singled. A WP moved up both runners, and after Didi popped up for the second out, Maybin doubled in two runs to make it 8-2.
Tommy Kahnle gave up a HR in the top of the sixth that made it 8-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Stanton singled and Encarnacion homered (23) to make it 10-3.
David Hale gave up a run in the top of eighth, and then two in the ninth, one via a HR.
Aroldis Chapman had to come in to get the final out.
LeMahieu 2-run HR (9), 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hit, solo HR (22)
Stanton 3 hits
Encarnacion 2-run HR (23)
Torres 2 hits, 3-run HR (17)
Maybin 2 RBI
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.93 (Yanks 6-0 when he is “opener”)
Cortes (W, 2-0, 4.09) 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. Sent down after game.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.14
Hale 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Chapman (S, 20) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.29
Dave Marshall, OF, (SF 1967-1969; NYM 1970-1972; SD 1973) died June 6, age 76. Hit .246 in 490 MLB games. 16 HR, OPS+ 92. 162 g. average, .246-5-38.
Aubrey Gatewood, RHP, (Angels 1963-1965, Braves 1970). 8-9, 2.78 in MLB career, 68 games, 13 starts . ERA+ 122. Died June 5, age 80.