Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge each homered twice, and Didi Gregorius went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Yankees bombed Texas 16-7 Sunday.
Sanchez got the ball rolling with his 29th HR in the first inning.
Texas’ Robinson Chirinos tied the game with a HR in the second.
In the third, Gardner singled, and after an out, Sanchez was HBP. Didi doubled in one. Castro reached on a FC, loading the bases. Judge hit a SF. 3-1.
The Yanks got six in the fourth inning to go up 9-1. Ellsbury led off the inning by getting HBP. Romine singled and Gardner tripled in two. Headley singled in a run and Sanchez doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Didi singled in one. Castro GIDP, Sanchez scoring. Judge hit HR #40.
Texas cut it to 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth, chasing Jordan Montgomery.
Ellsbury and Romine doubled to start the top of the fifth, putting men on 2nd and 3rd. After Gardner grounded out, Headley reached on an error, loading the bases. Sanchez made out, but Didi singled in two to make it 11-3.
Texas got a run in the bottom of the fifth, 11-4.
Judge hit another HR, #41, in the sixth. 12-4.
In the eighth, Sanchez hit his second HR of the game to make it 13-4. It was Sanchez’ 30th HR of the season. Now Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada (once) have the Yankees’ record for HR by a catcher, with 30. All of their HRs those years came as a catcher. Not all of Sanchez’ HR this year have come as a catcher. Both HR today were as a DH. One HR this year was as a 1B. About 6 are DH and 23 catching.
Texas got two in the eighth to make it 13-6 in the slugfest.
In the ninth, Girardi emptied the bench. Ellsbury walked and Romine singled. Tyler Wade singled in a run to make it 14-6. After an out, Erik Kratz PH for Sanchez. Kratz was picked up only to be a backup during Sanchez’ and Romine’s suspensions. The 37 year old had spent all year with Cleveland’s AAA team. Kratz doubled in two runs to make it 16-6.
Texas got one in the bottom of the ninth for the final of 16-7.
Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Wade 1 for 1, RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 RBI.
Kratz 1 for 1, 2 RBI.
Didi 4 for 4, 4 RBI.
Judge 2 for 2, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Romine 3 hits.
Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (W, 4-0, 2.00) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 H, 4 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.67
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.02
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.71
With the win, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back of Boston with 20 to go. The Yanks are 3 1/2 up on the Twins for the top wild card spot, 4 1/2 over the Angels as far as getting any playoff spot.