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The Yankees scored a combined five runs in the first two innings and added five more in the fourth, riding that early momentum to a big win.
“Kind of what I touched on during the Red Sox series, a lot of those games, not being the first team to score, kind of puts a little pressure on you, feel like you’re trying to claw back the whole game, trying to fight back, fight back, which I know this team is capable of doing and we’ve done all year in situations we’ve come back and won," Aaron Judge said. "But it feels good to get that first blow, and then you’re kind of in the flow of the game. Guys are locked in, guys are ready to go.
"This team doesn’t lose confidence. No matter the record, no matter the situation. We’re down in a game, it’s early, whatever’s happening, we’ve got some mentally strong, mentally tough guys in this room. And that’s what it’s gonna take for us to rebound and get back where we want to be. It’s about us continuing to have great at-bats like we did tonight, get everybody involved.”
The Yankees had 11 hits, including three home runs, but they also worked nine walks, and manager Aaron Boone could see the lineup feeding off each other's success.
“Absolutely that, I think we ended up with nine walks, over 11 hits, got to double digits in score,” Boone said. “As well as we scored, we could’ve had a lot more even. It’s just really good to see multiple guys up and down the order really contribute and add on and continue to make it real tough for the opposition.”