TORONTO (UKTN) — Anthony Rizzo capped the Yankees’ eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam on the third deck facing on the right, and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to eight with a rout 12 -3 from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
New York has won 15 of its last 16 games and, at 48-16, is off to its best start since 1998. The Yankees opened an 11-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East.
Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu and Joey Gallo also homered for the Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 105 home runs and allowed 49, one more than San Francisco’s league-low total entering Friday. New York has 17 homers in its last six games.
Jordan Montgomery (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last five outings. New York, which beat Toronto 14-5, has won its last five starts.
Ross Stripling (3-2) led 1-0 in the fourth, extending his shutout streak to 16 2/3 innings, before Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double and scored on grounded Kyle Higashioka.
New York set a season high for single-inning runs in the fifth, when Rizzo was hit by a lead pitch and Stanton followed with his 14th home run this season and 361st of his career, tying Joe DiMaggio. LeMahieu hit the next pitch for a 5-1 lead.
Gallo’s double RBI chased Trent Thornton and Rizzo hit a thigh-high home run from Trevor Richards, which knocked receiver Gabriel Moreno’s header down. Rizzo’s sixth career slam, a drive from 435 feet, was his first slam for the Yankees and his 17th home run this season. He had six home runs in 13 games, including a late game against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Gallo, who had three RBIs, added a two-run homer in the ninth against Casey Lawrence, Gallo’s ninth homer this season.
LeMahieu had three hits and Rizzo reached base four times.
It was the second straight loss for the Blue Jays, who allowed six runs in the third inning Thursday in a 10-2 loss to Baltimore. It’s the first time this season that Toronto has allowed their opponents to score double-digit points in consecutive games.
Alejandro Kirk hit his sixth home run in the sixth as the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees for the seventh time in 10 games this year.
Stripling allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino will start the series finale on Sunday, manager Aaron Boone has said. Severino was cleared to join the team Thursday night, hours after being scratched from his scheduled start against Tampa Bay and put on COVID-19 IL. After the Yankees beat the Rays on Thursday, Boone said Severino tested negative. Sunday will be Severino’s 100th career start.
Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (right foot) was unavailable. Bichette left Thursday’s game after seven innings, one inning after fouling on a kick. … 3B Matt Chapman returned after sitting out Thursday with a sore left wrist.
Toronto picked RHP Jeremy Beasley and LHP Matt Gage for Triple-A Buffalo and recalled RHP Casey Lawrence and INF Otto Lopez from the Bisons.
Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (7-1, 2.93) starts Saturday afternoon against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (8-1, 1.67). Manoah is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
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