New York Yankees blow up Detroit Tigers pitching again to tune of 10-2 victory

Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris, left, and catcher James McCann watch the ninth inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday in Detroit. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 10-2. (AP photo)


AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT — It was a year ago in August when Gary Sanchez became a sensation, lifting the New York Yankees with his prodigious power.

Now, he’s showing that was no fluke.

Sanchez homered and drove in three runs, and Luis Severino pitched impressively into the seventh inning to lead the Yankees to another lopsided win over the Detroit Tigers, 10-2 on Wednesday night. Sanchez has 26 home runs on the season and 10 this month, meaning he could easily surpass his 11-homer output from August of 2016.

“So far, Augusts have been good months for him — and Septembers,” manager Joe Girardi said even before Wednesday’s game.

Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley also homered for the Yankees, who have taken the first two games of this series by a combined score of 23-6. Severino (11-5) allowed a run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight .

Jordan Zimmermann (7-11) allowed seven runs for a third straight start. New York broke the game open with five runs off him in the third.

“I wish I understood what is happening right now, because in my last three starts, I haven’t done a single thing to help this team win. It is just a matter of command right now. I don’t have it, and I don’t know why,” Zimmermann said. “My slider has been missing for two months, and now my fastball is gone.”

Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias went deep for Detroit’s only runs. The Tigers have lost eight of nine.

Ronald Torreyes tied a career high with four hits for the Yankees. His four plate appearances included a total of only six pitches.

“I want to be aggressive, but at the same time I want to swing at good pitches,” Torreyes said through a translator.

Sanchez homered twice Tuesday, including one drive that was estimated at 493 feet. He opened the scoring in the first Wednesday with another home run.

The next time he came up, it was with the bases loaded in the third, and his bloop single to shallow left-center field brought home two runs, giving New York a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Judge followed with an RBI double, and Gregorius added a run-scoring single. Headley’s sacrifice fly made it 6-0.