Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Stanton hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning and hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning as the Yankees won for the 10th time in their past 12 games and 19th time in their past 22.
Luis Severino struck out seven batters in six innings, giving up one run and five hits for his fourth win in his last six starts, while Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Since May 2, Stanton is 13-for-38 with five home runs and 11 RBIs, raising his batting line from .222/.303/.410 to .252/.339/.516.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Stanton lined a single off Brett Anderson into center field to drive in Brett Gardner and Judge to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Aaron Hicks hit an RBI single to make it 3-0. He added a solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-1.
Hicks added a run-scoring fielder's choice in the seventh inning and Judge an RBI single in the eighth.
After not allowing a hit through the first three innings, Severino (6-1) pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth inning and escaped further trouble in the fifth inning by getting Khris Davis to fly out after Jed Lowrie's RBI single. He threw 70 of 106 pitches for strikes.
Anderson (0-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings for the A's, who have lost five of their last six games.
The Yankees will win a good deal of games this season in which Severino and Stanton star.
When the Yankees traded for Stanton in the offseason, it was done instead of searching for an ace-type pitcher because they knew they had Severino to lean on in that capacity. After a stellar 2017 season, Severino has not missed a beat in 2018. While it remains to be seen if the Yankees should have still added pitching after the Stanton deal (I believe they should have), they have a bonafide stud in Severino.
For Stanton, after plenty of early season woes, he has begun to settle in at the plate. In Stanton's last 11 games, he's gone 13-for-38 with four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBIs. Stanton has boosted his average from .198 on April 22 to .252 after Sunday's effort. Stanton's OPS has gone from .701 to .855 during the span. It has become clear that Stanton is more comfortable in his surroundings and that he's performing better because of it.
Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.66 ERA) and the Yankees begin a two-game series against Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 2.22 ERA) and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.