If the Yankees are to power through their first-half inconsistency and fulfill their promise of being a postseason contender, most of their heavy lifting will have to come from within. For at least one night, they looked like the thunderous offense that was expected this summer in the Bronx.
Gary Sánchez, Aaron Judge and Miguel Andújar all homered as the Yankees snapped a four-game skid, setting a season high for runs scored in their 11-5 rout of the Angels on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Sánchez, Judge and Andújar each drove in a pair of runs, as did slumping shortstop Gleyber Torres, who laced a two-run single that represented his first RBIs since June 6.
Claiming their first lead since Thursday vs. Kansas City, the Yankees thumped left-hander Andrew Heaney for seven runs in three-plus innings. Sánchez’s 14th homer put New York on the board early and Judge’s team-leading 18th capped a four-run second inning. Andújar’s sixth long ball came as part of a five-run fourth inning.
Yankees starter Jameson Taillon navigated 5 1/3 innings, despite surrendering three home runs — two to AL MVP candidate Shohei Ohtani, who claimed the outright Major League home run lead (28) with blasts in the third and fifth innings. José Iglesias also homered off Taillon, who permitted five runs and nine hits in an 83-pitch effort.