The New York Yankees offense came alive on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium as they picked up a much-needed 10-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York came out swinging against Rays starting pitcher Corey Kluber as they scored six of their 10 runs in the first inning, thanks to seven consecutive singles. Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera, Miguel Andújar, and Aaron Judge all had RBI singles. Kyle Higashioka drove in a run with a groundout.
Josh Donaldson returned from the paternity list and launched his 13th home run over the right-field wall in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 7-0.
Wander Franco put Tampa Bay on the board in the top of the third with a run-scoring single.
The Yankees added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Donaldson scored on a wild pitch, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa plated a run with an RBI single.
The Rays answered in the next half inning with a pair of runs on Harold Ramirez’s two-run single, cutting the Yankees lead to 8-3. In the bottom half of the frame, Giancarlo Stanton crushed one off the left-field foul pole for his 25th homer to cap off the scoring.
Seven of the nine players in the Yankees’ starting lineup had multi-hit games.
Jameson Taillon started on the hill for New York and allowed three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out eight. The right-hander improved to 13-4 on the season. Lou Trivino and Jonathan Loáisiga recorded the final six outs of the contest.
The Yankees will try to take two of three from the Rays on Sunday. The first pitch is set for 1:40 p.m.