CHICAGO – The Yankees keep getting hits and wins.
The first-place Yankees extended their winning streak to five games by beating the White Sox, 10-4, on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, with just about everything clicking.
A night after scoring a season-high 15 runs, the Yankees knocked around White Sox pitching again for double-digit runs. They also hit four homers for a second straight game, with Aaron Judge hitting his 12th, which leads the majors, and Giancarlo Stanton adding his 10th.
While home runs are down all game, Yankees’ sluggers remain in good shape.
” They could throw a softball there and they’d probably still strike it out,” Josh Donaldson said. He also suggested that the team may be warming up. They are not common in many parks. It’s not possible for many parks to contain them.
To Donaldson’s point, after Stanton’s first inning blast, it was the bottom of the order that sparked a second-inning rally.
Aaron Hicks, bumped to ninth in the order, delivered his first extra-base hit since April 12 with an RBI double in the second. Joey Gallo hit another home run in the fifth inning.
It was all part of the Yankees’ 17th win in their last 19 games, which kept them 4 1/2 games up on Tampa Bay in the AL East, after the Rays knocked off the Blue Jays, who have lost five in a row.
Gerrit Cole, who had turned his season around by allowing just one run in his previous 19 innings, was terrific for the first five innings — allowing a run in the fourth in odd fashion. Cole made a pickoff throw from first to runners at the corners with two outs, which resulted in a balk that allowed Luis Robert score from third.
Cole was injured by Isiah Kner-Falefa’s second mistake in the sixth. Robert made what appeared to be a routine grounder. The play was ruled hit after Kiner-Falefa made an error on the throw to first. Gavin Sheets hit a homer to the right to reduce the Yankees’ lead by 7-3.
There was excitement at the bottom of the first game after the White Sox loaded their bases.
Tim Anderson led off with a double and Jose Abreu drew a one-out walk. To load the bases, Kiner-Falefa fumbled what should have been an inning ending double play grounder by Robert.
Cole hit Sheets swinging for his second out. Jose Trevino attempted to pick Anderson off, but Donaldson lost on the third pitch.
Anderson believed Donaldson had intentionally landed on him. The two men fought while the bullpens and dugouts began to empty.
Cooler heads prevailed, although Anderson and Donaldson continued their back and forth before Cole fanned AJ Pollock to escape the threat in the 28-pitch inning.
“It wasn’t a baseball play,” Donaldson stated. “I was going make the tag. He probably didn’t like it when I leant on him a bit. It wa