Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks combined for three home runs and seven RBIs, Masahiro Tanaka recorded a quality start in his first outing since coming off the disabled list and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 13-4 on Tuesday at Comerica Park. >> Box score
Sanchez went 3-for-6 with two home runs, a 493-foot blast off Matthew Boyd in the first inning that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead and a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Jeff Ferrell that made it 13-3. Hicks hit his 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning to make it 11-1.
Tanaka (9-10) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as he returned from shoulder inflammation. He retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced in the game as he earned his second win since the All-Star break.
Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple, Didi Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits, and Tyler Austin drove in two runs. Aaron Judge singled and walked thrice to end his strikeout streak at 37 games.
The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning and four in the third inning off Boyd (5-7), who allowed seven hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.
The Yankees looked well rested after Monday's off day, as eight of the nine players in the starting lineup recorded a hit and Tanaka provided seven strong innings of work in his first start since coming off the disabled list.
The Yankees put up double digits in runs for the first time in almost two weeks and it would certainly be good if they can build on it. Sanchez remained red hot with a Statcast missile and an opposite field bomb. Maybe most notably, Judge, who was dropped one spot in the order, was able to get through this game without striking out, ending his 37-game streak.
The Yankees need Tanaka at his best down the stretch, and he not only looked healthy tonight, but he was not the least bit rusty after going 13 days since his last start. Tanaka had each of his three pitches working well, including some swing and misses on his split-finger fastball, which was diving nicely.
Luis Severino (10-5, 3.18 ERA) and the Yankees will face Jordan Zimmerman (7-10, 5.87 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.