For a moment, it seemed as if the Yankees bats may had cooled. But only for a moment. Two innings, to be exact. Then the home runs started, and they practically never stopped.
The Yankees, who scored a combined 33 runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, added another bushel Thursday night. They hit six home runs, including five in a seven-run fourth inning and beat the Blue Jays, 10-7, at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are the first team in major league history to hit at least six home runs in three straight games. They hit seven home runs Wednesday and six on Tuesday.
They also notched their eighth consecutive win and the most emphatic of sweeps before departing for a seven-game road trip that begins Friday night in Boston and ends Sept. 24 in Buffalo against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays scored four runs in the ninth off Jonathan Holder and brought the tying run to the plate, but Aroldis Chapman struck out Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez to end the game and earn his third save.
"That’s an impressive series right there," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Guys are in a really good place swinging the bats, but now we have to move on from what was a really good homestand and start an important trip and do it now on the road."
Brett Gardner, D.J LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres all homered in the fourth for the Yankees. Gardner, LeMahieu, and Voit hit back-to-back-to-back homers and Stanton and Torres offered their back-to-back blasts on the other side of an Aaron Hicks strikeout. All five homers came off Blue Jays pitcher Chase Anderson, who entered in the second inning after opener Julian Merryweather allowed two runs in the first inning.
"It was awesome," Stanton said. "If you went down inside [the clubhouse], you missed two home runs. It was much needed, it turned out, for the game and in general it was amazing to see everybody contribute like that."
"What a show, huh?" added Gary Sanchez through an interpreter. He homered in the seventh and scored on Gardner’s two-run blast in the fourth. "I was sitting in the dugout watching it. It’s impressive whenever you see guys hit in that fashion."
It was the first time the Yankees (29-21) hit five home runs in an inning and they are one of only seven teams to have ever done it.
Stanton, in his second game back from a hamstring injury that kept him out over a month, went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Stanton’s RBI single in the first inning was his first hit since Aug. 8.
"My balance and timing felt much better today than [Tuesday]," Stanton said. "I just got to keep feeding off that, keep working off that, and keep it rolling."
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked none to earn his third win. His ERA rose slightly to 3.27.
"I thought he found his split in the middle of the game and really started executing some good splitters that became a factor," Boone said.
Tanaka retired the first six Blue Jays batters of the game before running into slight trouble in the third.
After the Yankees scored twice in the first thanks to a Stanton RBI single and Torres groundout, the Blue Jays tied the score at 2 in the third. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered and Bo Bichette’s single drove in Danny Jansen, but Bichette was thrown out trying to sneak to second base.
Gurriel Jr. got Tanaka again in the fifth, mashing a 385-foot home run to right field that cut the Yankees’ lead to 9-3.
"I’m just kicking myself for the at-bats against Gurriel," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Other than that, I think I did a pretty good job out there. I had good command and good control."
Sanchez’s solo home run in the seventh gave the Yankees a 10-3 lead.