The Yankees blasted six home runs as they avenged their series-opening loss to the Rangers and bounced back with Tuesday's dominant 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Sunday's game
1) After they suffered a six-hit shutout -- the offense's first scoreless performance in 122 games -- in their 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday, the result evidently lit a fire under the Yankees. New York pummeled Texas for 10 runs on 11 hits, belting six home runs along the way. The Yankees jumped on the Rangers with C Gary Sanchez's two-run home run to center field, taking a 2-0 lead, before busting the dam entirely later in the game.
2) Before the Yankees broke through, LHP James Paxton (12-6, 4.16 ERA) provided another strong outing. He won his seventh straight start, going 7.0 shutout innings of one-hit baseball, tying a season-high 12 strikeouts while walking just one batter. Paxton sports a 2.38 ERA over the past seven outings, dating back to Aug. 2's 4-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox.
3) Among the home run-happy Yankees, Sanchez led the way with two. He followed his first-inning jack with another in the bottom of the Yankees' six-run sixth inning -- a solo shot -- between a three-run homer by SS Didi Gregorious and a two-run homer by CF Brett Gardner.
4) Sanchez put the Yankees on the board, and Gregorious and Gardner put the Rangers out of reach, but perhaps the biggest home run all night came from DH Edwin Encarnacion. In his first game back with the Yankees after he worked back from a fractured right wrist that kept him out of major-league action since Aug. 3, Encarnacion's eighth-inning two-run blast put New York up double digits, 10-1. Encarnacion's 31st home run of the season highlighted his big return game in which he posted a 2-for-4 performance with a sixth-inning single.
5) With a 10-run lead, manager Aaron Boone gave the big arms in the bullpen the night off. RHP Jonathan Loasigia entered for the final two frames and cruised outside of his ninth-inning home run allowed to PH Scott Heineman. In the mop-up outing, Loaisiga yielded two hits and one walk with one strikeout.
The Yankees complete their three-game home series Wednesday -- again at 6:35 p.m. -- when they face Rangers RHP Lance Lynn (14-9, 3.77 ERA). A projected starter has not yet been set for the Yankees, who may elect to go with an opener such as RHP Chad Greene (2-4, 5.01 ERA).