RF Aaron Judge, C Gary Sanchez and 2B Gleyber Torres all homered, but SS Didi Gregorius' fifth-inning grand slam was the big blow in the Yankees' 10-2 victory over the Dodgers on Friday. >> Box Score
Four takeaways from Friday's game
1) With the Yankees leading 2-1 in the fifth, Gregorius came to the plate with the bases loaded and took the first pitch he saw from Hyun-Jin Ryu deep to right field to break the game wide open. Gregorius added a second homer with the game well out of reach, a solo shot in the top of the ninth. The shortstop now has 13 home runs since making his season debut on June 7.
2) The Yankees got to Ryu, who has been nothing short of stellar this season, for a pair of runs in the third inning on solo homers from Judge and Sanchez. Sanchez's home run was the 100th of his career, acheiving the total in just his 355th game, the fastest ever for a catcher and the fastest for any player in the history of the American League.
3) LHP James Paxton picked up his fifth win in as many starts, thanks to a dominant performance in which he struck out 11 Dodgers hitters over 6.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits in the start and did not issue a base on balls. It was the fourth time this season that Paxton has cracked double-digits in strikeouts in an outing.
4) Tommy Kahnle came on to finish the seventh, allowing an inherited runner to score to close the book on Paxton. Nestor Cortes Jr. finished the game with two scoreless innings to clinch the victory.
American League strikes first. pic.twitter.com/xBQbe4tUmy- New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 24, 2019
The Yankees and Dodgers resume their three-game series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. when LHP CC Sabathia (5-7, 5.01 ERA) takes on RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.00 ERA).