Yankees smash four home runs as they pass White Sox

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CHICAGO — The successes — and the victories — keep coming for the Yankees.

The first-place Yankees extended their winning streak to five games by beating the White Sox, 10-4, Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field with just about everything clicking.

A night after scoring a season-high 15 runs, the Yankees once again toppled the White Sox by throwing double-digit runs again. They also hit four home runs for the second straight game, with Aaron Judge hitting his 12th, which leads the majors, and Giancarlo Stanton adding his 10th.

While homers are down throughout the game, Yankees hitters are in good shape going into the midseason.

“They could throw a softball up there and they’d probably hit it again,” said Josh Donaldson, who could also warm up. “Few parks can contain them. But it’s all the training that contributes to it.

Aaron Judge rips a solo home run in the seventh inning.
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At Donaldson’s Point, after Stanton’s first-run outburst, it was the bottom of the order that sparked a second-run rally.

Aaron Hicks, dropped to ninth overall, delivered his first extra hit since April 12 with an RBI double in the second. In the fifth inning, Joey Gallo again homered.

It was all part of the Yankees’ 17th win in their last 19 games, keeping them 4 ¹/₂ games at Tampa Bay in the AL East, after the Rays eliminated the Blue Jays, who in have lost five in a row.

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after his two-run homer.
Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after his two-run homer.
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Gerrit Cole, who had turned his season around by allowing just one run in his previous 19 innings, was terrific through the first five innings – allowing a run in the fourth in odd fashion. With runners in the corners and two outs, Cole faked a pick pitch at first, resulting in a denial that allowed Luis Robert to score from third.

Cole was hurt by Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s second poor play in the sixth. He came on what looked like a routine grounder by Robert. When Kiner-Falefa pitched late on first, the play was ruled a hit. Gavin Sheets followed with a right-hand homer to cut the Yankees’ lead to 7-3.

There was some excitement in the bottom of the first after the White Sox loaded the bases.

Gerrit Cole pitches Friday in the Yankees’ win over the White Sox.
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Tim Anderson led off with a double and Jose Abreu walked one out. Kiner-Falefa then missed what should have been an end-inning double-play grounder from Robert to charge the bases.

Cole retired Sheets swinging for the second out. Jose Trevino pitched at third to try and pull Anderson out, and Donaldson fell on the runner.

Anderson, apparently believing Donaldson had landed on him intentionally, pushed the third baseman off of him and the two chewed on each other as the dugouts and relievers 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 was a baseball game,” Donaldson said. “I was going to do the tag. I leaned on him a bit – not intentionally – and he probably didn’t like it. It was two guys competing, trying to make a game.”

Giancarlo Stanton, left, and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees' win over the White Sox.
Giancarlo Stanton, left, and Aaron Judge celebrate the Yankees’ win over the White Sox.
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Josh Donaldson celebrates in the dugout after his home run in the eighth inning.
Josh Donaldson celebrates in the dugout after his home run in the eighth inning.
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The Yankees scored three more runs against right-hander Vince Velasquez in the second inning, from unlikely sources.

Kiner-Falefa, hitless in his last 16 at bats, reached a one-out hit and moved to third on Trevino’s hit-and-run single to left.

Hicks snapped his 0-for-19 skid with an RBI double to the right and the ground of shortstop DJ LeMahieu drove in another run before Donaldson continued the assault with a double to the left, driving Hicks for take it to 5-0.

In the fourth, Judge hit his eighth homer in his last 13 games for a 6-0 lead.

“I love that they’re going up there right now,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge and Stanton. “They’re both in a really good place now.”

And the Yankees too.

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