Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 45th home run of the season as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Twins, 11-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a two-run homer down the line in right field and Gary Sanchez followed with a solo homer to center as the Yankees tied things, 3-3.
The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom of thefourth, with Greg Bird's run-scoring double, RBI hits from Brett Gardner and Sanchez, and a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius accounting for the damage.
Luis Severino struggled, allowing three runs on five hits in 3.0 innings while walking one and striking out three.
After playing two games against a potential wild card opponent without much run production, the Yankees broke out in a big way and opened up a seven-game lead for the first wild card spot.
The Yankees slugged eight extra-base hits (three home runs) and went 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position today after going 3-for-28 in the first two games of the series. They had four players with at least two hits, with Jacoby Ellsbury among a trio with three hits. Ellsbury, who fell a homer shy of the cycle, is now hitting .429 for the month of September with a .543 on-base percentage.
As for Severino, he never looked in complete command today. He started off well enough, but a 13-pitch at-bat against Joe Mauer took a lot out of the young ace. After throwing 45 pitches in the third inning, Severino was rightfully removed. For all the talk of the Twins getting some info from watching Severino, he too could benefit from having some experience against their hitters.
The Yankees are off on Thursday.
They open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday night at 7:07.