Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each hit two home runs to power the Yankees past the Blue Jays, 11-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Judge, Gardner, and Aaron Hicks combined to hit five home runs in an 11-run offensive performance by the Yankees. Every starting position player on the Yankees reached base, and all starters except for Didi Gregorius had hits.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits in six and 1/3 innings. Tanaka gave up two homers, both to Steve Pearce, who hit one in the fifth and another in the seven inning.
Catcher Austin Romine departed with a groin cramp and was replaced by Kyle Higashioka.
The Yankee bats came alive with five homers - all from the outfielders - in what turned into a blowout late. Judge has been mashing all season, tonight collecting his second two-homer game of the year. Hicks has been great in a part-time role. However, seeing Gardner drill two home runs for the second time in his last four games is a certain plus for the Yankees.
If Gardner is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate and Judge, Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury continue to hit, they could carry the Yankees a long way.
On the hill, Tanaka wasn't nearly as spectacular as in his last outing, but he did what he needed to do in order to help the Yankees end a brief two-game skid. Tanaka continues to prove that he doesn't always need his best stuff to win ballgames.
The Yankees will wrap up their series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.