Despite all the muscle at the top of the alignment of the New York Yankees Thursday night, it was the ‘fighters’ from the rear who did most of the damage. Kyle Higashioka hit a home run and drove in three runs, leading the Yankees to a 7-5 slate victory over the Minnesota Twins, in the first game of four at Yankee Stadium.
The top five hitters in the Yankees’ lineup, Luke Voit, Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo and Giancarlo Stanton, could have formed an impressive offensive line for the Jets or Giants:
But it was the bottom third of the lineup – Andrew Velazquez, Higashioka and Tyler Wade – serving as the driving force in a pair of multi-run innings for the Yankees, who held a 6-0 lead late in the fourth.
Batters 7-8-9 had four hits (batting for the cycle between themselves in the third and fourth innings) and scored five of the team’s first six runs, setting the pace for an offense that knocked out starter John Gant with one out. in the room.
The Yankees have won seven straight games, the most of the season, their longest winning streak since winning 10 in a row last September. As of July 6, the Yankees’ 28-11 record is the best in the majors.
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They are five games behind the Rays, who are in first place, in the AL East, although they are already at the top of the AL wild-card standings, one game ahead of the Athletics and 1 1/2 ahead of the Red Sox.