The Yankees scored seven runs off Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman and added three more runs thereafter to back Luis Severino's strong outing in a 10-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. >> Box score
The Yankees' offense, coming off a 13-run performance on Tuesday, had back-to-back-to-back RBI hits and scored in four straight at-bats in a five-run third inning. Gary Sanchez hit two-run single, Aaron Judge followed with an RBI double, and Didi Gregorius capped it off with an RBI single. Chase Headley added a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees their fifth run of the inning.
The Yankees hit three homers on a night when they scored in every inning except for the second and fourth. Sanchez belted his 26th home run of the year in the first inning, Gregorius went deep in the fifth, and Headley hit one in the seventh.
Severino struck out eight batters and limited the Tigers to one run on six hits across 6 and 2/3 innings. He walked one batter and allowed his only run when Ian Kinsler hit a solo shot in the sixth.
The Yankees offense is taking advantage of sketchy pitching while it has the chance and the icing on the cake is the solid starting pitching they are receiving at the same time.
The Yankees torched the Tigers for 10 runs one day after putting up 13 on the board; the first time since June 10-11 that the club scored double-digit runs in back to back games. It's true the pitching has not been great on the other side, but the good news is that the Yankees are actually doing something about it as they have tended to play down against lesser pitching in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Severino one-upped his rotation mate Masahiro Tanaka's fine start Monday with another great outing. The Yankees are banking on Severino to keep up his ace-like performance as they approach the final stretch of the season with a chance to catch the Red Sox, or at the least maintain the American League's top wild card position.
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.