Yankees' Luke Voit reacts to taking MLB home run lead over Angels' Mike Trout, Twins' Nelson Cruz

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Garrett Stepien
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Luke Voit hits RBI single against Blue Jays
Luke Voit hits RBI single against Blue Jays

One home run gave Yankees 1B Luke Voit the MLB lead. A second put him up by two on Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout and Minnesota Twins RF/DH Nelson Cruz.

With two homers in Tuesday's 20-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Voit surpassed two top sluggers for the league lead at 18.

"Pretty awesome," Voit said of edging Trout and Cruz, who each entered Tuesday's games tied with him at 16. "A lot of good company that's around you and it's a pretty cool feeling, but hey, there's still 12 games left that are really important. So worry about that."

Voit went 3 for 5 with five RBI as the Yankees (27-21) won their sixth straight game. He understood the gravity of his baseball-best achievement, but Voit's thoughts were on the bigger picture, including a half-game lead of the Blue Jays (26-21) in the AL East.

"Those are all guys that are MVPs and Nelson Cruz is still doing it at 40 years old, which is really impressive," Voit said. "And it's a great company. It's an awesome company. I'm going to keep working and always try to get better. It's just my blue-collar work ethic and, like I said, 12 more games to go.

"It's a cool thing I'll enjoy tonight with my wife and some family -- I had a bunch of texts after the game -- but, like I said, there's still 12 games left and we've got some really big games coming up that we need to win. So just keep it going."

Six of the remaining 12 games come against the Blue Jays, including two more in the current series Wednesday and Thursday at Yankee Stadium. As the Yankees look to keep rolling, Voit leads the way on an offense that seemingly has its mojo back.

"A hell of a lot of fun," said Voit, who is up to a .280 batting average with 42 RBI. "We're clicking at the right time, right before playoffs start. And top to bottom tonight, pretty scary lineup. And you know we're getting a really, really good player back here soon -- Aaron Judge. It makes it even scarier.

"So a couple weeks ago, I don't think teams were scared of us. And now, we're back to being the Bronx Bombers. So I don't think people want to play us in the playoffs."