CHICAGO — — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in six runs, and the New York Yankees used a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 15-7 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also connected for major league leaders New York in the opener of an eight-game road trip. The judge had four RBIs and Donaldson drove in three runs.
Led by their relentless roster, New York won for the 16th time in 18 games. Stanton and Co. is off to the franchise’s best start since the Yankees also opened 23-8 in 2003.
Chicago tied at 7 on Yoán Moncada’s first homer of the season, a three-run drive down center against Jonathan Loáisiga (1-1) in the seventh. It was the third homer allowed by Loáisiga this year after going a total of three in 70 2/3 innings in 2021.
It didn’t matter that much.
After Joe Kelly (0-1) retired the first two batters in the eighth, New York had its most scoring inning this season.
Three straight walks loaded the bases for Judge, who beat a downfielder in the middle for a two-run single to the infield. Gleyber Torres ignored third base coach Luis Rojas’ stop sign and slid home safely for a 9-7 lead.
Stanton added a two-run single and Donaldson capped the rally with a three-run left shot against Tanner Banks.
Stanton also hit a pair of two-run homers in his first multihomer game of the season and No. 35 for his career. It was his second game with two shots on the opposite field after also accomplishing the feat on July 16, 2011 for the Marlins against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The 11th home run from the major league lead judge at the top of the seventh inning traveled about 456 feet to left center.
Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease tied his career high with 11 strikeouts over four innings, but scored for a season-high six runs to go along with six hits. He gave up a total of nine points in his first six starts of the year.
The White Sox had won seven of eight games.
Rookie Luis Gil allowed four runs and five hits over four innings in a starting spot for New York, which played a doubleheader on Sunday against Texas and a catchup game on Monday.
Anthony Rizzo went 1 of 5 and erred in his first game in Chicago since being traded from the Cubs to the Yankees in July. The first baseman played for the Cubs for 10 years, helping the team win the World Series in 2016.
“It always feels good to be here,” Rizzo said. “It’s obviously a special place for me…and my family. That’s never going to change.”
White Sox manager Tony La Russa says Johnny Cueto is in the game to start one of Tuesday’s doubleheader games in Kansas City. The veteran right-hander, who agreed to a minor league contract in April, is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Charlotte this year.
Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone’s club was the first team to occupy the visitors’ clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field since Wednesday’s Cleveland-Chicago game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak with the Guardians . “They came in and overnight, you know, did a deep clean and everything,” Boone said. “I know we’ve brought more of our clubhouse staff who sort of take care of a lot of things with us.”
White Sox: La Russa says OF Eloy Jiménez (torn hamstring tendon) is doing very well, but he downplayed the possibility of the slugger returning before the initial six-to-eight week delay the team confirmed after being operated on April 26. “We’re going to make sure that (we) build all the strength we can and all the stamina and everything,” La Russa said. … D’Andrew Vaughn (bruised right hand) hit two solo homers in his second rehab game with Charlotte.
Gerrit Cole (2-0, 2.67 ERA) will pitch Friday night for New York. The right-hander has allowed a run and struck out 25 in 19 innings over his last three starts. Vince Velasquez (2-2, 3.97 ERA) takes the mound for Chicago. The right-hander is aiming for his third consecutive victory.
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