Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge combined for three home runs, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and the Yankees blew out the Miami Marlins 12-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Gregorius went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, while Judge went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as New York won for the third time in the past four games.
Luis Severino (3-1) struck out eight batters and gave up one hit in six scoreless innings, retiring 15 of the past 16 hitters he faced.
After scoring two runs in the first inning, Judge hit a solo home run off Caleb Smith in the second inning to become the fastest player in MLB history to reach 60 home runs (197 games), passing Mark McGwire's previous record of 202 games.
Gregorius hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead and added a solo homer in the seventh inning to make it 12-0.
Sanchez hit an RBI infield single to short to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning and later hit a two-run single to center that made it 11-0.
Smith (0-2) allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings, throwing 48 of 84 pitches for strikes.
Aaron Judge goes YARD.- YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 16, 2018
That's four homers on the year for the big fella. pic.twitter.com/GMoqkYF2h9
The Yankees are getting their chance to pad their win-loss record as the Marlins come into town. They performed exactly as they should against a significantly less talented team by scoring a bunch of runs while simultaneously stifling the Marlins offense. Playing the Marlins comes at a good time for the Yankees, a team struggling to get all facets of the game working in sync.
The Yankees' offense has been very solid in terms of runs scored on the season, entering Monday night ranked tied for sixth the game. After the 12-spot, New York is averaging 5.9 runs per game.
One would think that would lead to a better record, but the pitching staff has been a bit inconsistent, especially the bullpen, which was expected to be a strength. Even after Severino shut down the Marlins, the Yankees relievers were shaky at times, but didn't unravel as Dellin Betances closed the game out with a solid inning.
In the end, perhaps a team playing the Marlins doesn't necessarily have to be a well-tuned machine to get a win.
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 5.19 ERA) and the Yankees face Jarlin Garcia (0-0, 1.13 ERA) and the Marlins in the second game of a two-game series on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.