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Yankees blast four home runs to cruise past A’s for 13th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Bronx Bombers are back.

The Yankees rolled to their 13th straight win and blasted four homers in an 8-2 victory over the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on Friday night.

They’ve hit 10 homers in their last three games and scored at least five runs in each of their last eight.

It adds up to the franchise’s longest winning streak since 1961, when they also won 13 in a row.

Their biggest bats — Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge — both went deep and their best pitcher, Gerrit Cole, pitched like an ace, with six shutout innings.

Chad Green got five huge outs before the Yankees tacked on three runs in the ninth against the A’s, who are going in the opposite direction after losing their sixth in a row.

But because the Rays also refuse to lose, the Yankees remained four back of first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Still, they continued a relentless onslaught, with Luke Voit and Kyle Higashioka adding home runs.

Luke Voit and Gio Urshela celebrate Voits home run during the Yankees win Friday night.
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The game remained scoreless until Stanton gave the Yankees the lead with another titanic homer to lead off the top of the fourth. He’s homered in four straight games for the third time in his career.

It came after some confusion to end the bottom of the third.

With Starling Marte on first and Matt Olson at the plate, a third strike pitch got away from Higashioka and bounced far enough away that Marte got all the way to third.

The Yankees challenged the play and replay showed the pitch hit Olson, and since he was ruled to have swung, the play went for an inning-ending strikeout.

Stanton followed by sending a ball into orbit with a blast that went an estimated 472 feet.

Two batters later, Voit, still in a limited role following the return of Anthony Rizzo, hit one out to center to make it 2-0.

Since his return from a stint on the injured list due to left knee inflammation, Voit has looked like the hitter who led the majors in home runs last season.

The Yankees broke the game open in the fifth thanks to a three-run homer to center by Judge, his 28th of the season.

That knocked left-hander Sean Manaea out of the game. Unlike on Thursday, when the Yankees blew a 6-0 advantage, Cole helped them hold onto this one.

Cole allowed consecutive singles to Elvis Andrus and Tony Kemp to start the bottom of the fifth before Marte popped out. Olson walked to load the bases, but Cole got Jed Lowrie swinging for the second out.

Josh Harrison then hit a liner that seemed destined for left field for a two-run single, but Gio Urshela, in just his second game back from a strained hamstring, made an excellent leaping grab to his left end the threat.

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Giancarlo Stanton circles the bases after his massive home run on Friday night.
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Cole has been superb since his return from the COVID-19 IL. He has given up just one run in 17 ²/₃ innings in three outings.

Joely Rodriguez replaced Cole to start the seventh and was shaky.

He walked pinch-hitter Chad Pinder with one out and allowed a single to Marte. After a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Olson singled to left to score Pinder.

Joey Gallo made an ill-advised, wildly inaccurate throw home. The error allowed Marte to come around to score a second run.

Green took over for Rodriguez and walked Lowrie, but then got Harrison to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The offense prevented any further drama with three runs in the ninth.

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