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Yankees top White Sox in shootout, secure 4th-straight win

Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with center fielder Aaron Hicks after hitting a 2-run home run.
Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with center fielder Aaron Hicks after hitting a 2-run home run.
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The Yankees continued the dominant start to their season on Thursday night with a 15–7 shootout win over the Chicago White Sox, propelled by 7-run 8th inning that saw several bats in the Bronx Bombers lineup step up for their 4th-straight win 

The team now moves to a league-leading 23-8 record, and takes a 4.5 game lead in the AL East. 

Giancarlo Stanton, who filled in as designated hitter for the game, found the scoreboard first for the Bronx Bomber in the 1st inning with a 2-run home run to right field off a 94 mph fastball from Chicago righty Dylan Cease, which scored DJ LeMahieu after he doubled earlier in the inning.  

Despite that hot start for New York, their 2 run lead quickly evaporated in the 2nd inning, when the White Sox crossed the plate 3 times — off a single, a walk, and a pair of RBI hits from the Chicago lineup. 

​​The temporary deficit for the Yankees would later give New York the 11th come-from-behind victory in their 23-win season. 

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Yankee starter Luis Gil got out of the troubling inning by picking off Leury García at first base. 

Down 3–2 heading into the 3rd inning, the Yankees responded with a resounding offensive performance, as Aaron Judge walked, before Anthony Rizzo smashed an RBI triple on a weakly-thrown changeup down the middle. Giancarlo Stanton followed that up with another home run to right field — putting the Bronx Bombers back up by a 5–3 margin. 

The red-hot DJ LeMahieu would tack on another run in the 4th inning with a double that scored catcher Kyle Higashioka, who had singled to shallow left field.

Chicago would score again in the contest on a wild pitch from Gil in the bottom of the 4th inning, allowing A. J. Pollock to cross the plate after he singled, and advanced to 3rd base on a pair of singles. 

Aaron Judge, the MLB’s leading home run hitter, hit his 11th long ball of the season in the 7th inning. That brought the score to 7–4, and the contest seemed like the Yanks were pulling away for the latest victory in their extraordinary season. 

Yet, the White Sox remained resilient, as García reached first base on an infield single, followed by a Tim Anderson walk — which set up a game-tying 3-run homer from Yoán Moncada off a Jonathan Loáisiga sinker. 

But, the versatile Yankee offense responded forcefully with a 7-run 8th inning — including several hits, and a 3-run homer from Josh Donaldson to bring the Yankees to a 14–7 lead. 

The Bronx Bombers capped the night off with an Aaron Judge sacrifice fly ball to score Joey Gallo, and scored a season-high 15 runs on the season. 

The Yankees held the White Sox scoreless in the final inning, and secured their 4th-straight victory. The two teams will meet again on Friday night for the 2nd game in the series in Chicago. 

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