Yankees big bats rout Rangers — Instant replay

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He did strike out four, giving him 96 in 63 innings, and was credited with the victory. There are 20 games left to play. Even if the Rangers were to officially be out of contention within their last 20 games, they may as well go down swinging. They're 2.5 games behind in the wild card spot and they can't afford to fall deeper.

New York is currently on the tail end of a nine-game road trip where they have gone 4-2, taking two out of three against the Baltimore Orioles and then the Texas Rangers.

This is assuming, of course, the Yankees can get by whoever they face in the one-game shootout so they can move on to the American League Division Series when strong pitching and timely hitting prevails.

Judge homered in a six-run fourth and sent a second blast 462 feet to left-center in the sixth for his 40th and 41st homers.

"Especially when he was in that home run hunt, with Sammy Sosa, it was fun to watch", Judge said.

The Yankees upped the lead to 3-1 with two runs in the third inning, when Gardner led off with a single and Sanchez was hit by a pitch. The Yankees had 10 extra-base hits overall, including two homers each by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. He also joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 40 homers at age 25 or younger.

Didi Gregorius tied a career high with four hits while driving in four runs for the Yankees (77-65), who have won three straight series for the first time since late July and moved 12 games over.500 for the first time since June 15.

The Bombers have a big series against the Tampa Bay Rays that is being played at Citifield due to Hurricane Irma hitting Florida. 29 and 30), five doubles and a triple.

ROTATION REPORT: Griffin came out after allowing the first two hitters in the fourth to reach.

His first homer two innings earlier capped a six-run outburst for a 9-1 lead, landing in the Rangers bullpen in right-center field. The Yankees gave Montgomery a quick lead. Chirinos has reached base in 24 consecutive games. In his last 10 starts, Griffin is 2-6 with a 7.59 ERA.

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