Rizzo, Stanton homer as Yankees win 6-1, sweep 2 from Guards

Sat Jul 2 10:17pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge, right, and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians 6-1 in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes, right, is congratulated by catcher Kyle Higashioka after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians 6-1 in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Enyel De Los Santos walks to the dugout during the seventh inning in the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo, right, is congratulated by Giancarlo Stanton after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Aaron Civale during the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton watches the ball after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Aaron Civale in the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians center fielder Myles Straw jumps but is unable to reach a home run hit by New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo during the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Aaron Civale in the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo watches his solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Aaron Civale during the fourth inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes delivers in the first inning in the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians' Amed Rosario celebrates while running the bases after hitting a solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees left fielder Miguel Andujar, right, is congratulated by shortstop Marwin Gonzalez after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians 13-4 in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, right, is removed from the game by manager Aaron Boone in the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees shortstop Marwin Gonzalez shows the ball to the umpire after attempting to tag out Cleveland Guardians' Myles Straw on a steal attempt in the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. Myles Straw would be safe at second base. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman reacts before being removed from the game in the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter watches the ball after hitting a RBI-single in the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez, right, gets out New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter at second base in the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2 2022, in Cleveland. Jose Trevino was out at first for a double play. Aaron Hicks would score on the play. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Anthony Gose in the sixth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a double in the sixth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu, right, is congratulated by Aaron Judge after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Kirk McCarty in the third inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar, right, slides safely into home to score on a RBI-single by Aaron Hicks while Cleveland Guardians catcher Sandy Leon blocks the ball in the third inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waits for Cleveland Guardians' Franmil Reyes to run through bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the second inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers in the first inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


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Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Kirk McCarty delivers in the first inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Saturday, July 1, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


CLEVELAND (AP) The Yankees made up for two winless days with two wins in one day.

New York's right back on track.

Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton blasted consecutive homers, Nestor Cortes shut Cleveland down for six innings and the Yankees continued their torrid winning pace by beating the Guardians 6-1 to complete a doubleheader sweep Saturday.

Matt Carpenter homered twice and Gerrit Cole brushed off giving up back-to-back home runs in New York's 13-4 romp in the opener.

The Yankees, who are 25-6 since May 31, lost on Thursday in Houston and were postponed by rain on Friday before taking two more from the Guardians. New York is 5-0 against Cleveland this season with a 38-12 run advantage.

''It's not easy,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''It's the highest league in the land. It's hard to win any game and it's definitely hard to win two in a day, but a good day.''

Cortes (7-3) allowed a homer in the first to Amed Rosario and little else. The left-hander gave up one run and three hits and struck out six, including Guardians star Jose Ramirez three times.

New York's bullpen took it from there, but it wasn't smooth.

Michael King squirmed out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and worked the eighth. Wandy Peralta also filled the bases in the ninth, forcing manager Aaron Boone to bring in closer Clay Holmes to get pinch-hitter Steven Kwan for the final out and his 15th save.

''It felt close all game,'' Boone said. ''They had some traffic. They had some opportunities to get back in it, whether it was Clay coming in to make a big pitch or King getting out of an inning. Nestor at some point had some traffic.''

At 58-21, New York is not only running away with the AL East, but has the second-best record after 79 games of any team in 93 years. Only the 1998 Yankees (59-20) were better, and this version is so far step for step with those World Series champions.

They're handful for any team, especially one as young as the Guardians.

''The Yankees are built to play into late October,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''We're trying to figure out how good we can get and some days it's harder than others. It doesn't take away how we feel about our group of guys. We're just in a different place. We're trying to see how good we can get.''

Rizzo and Stanton homered in the fourth off Aaron Civale (2-5), who held the Yankees without a hit the first time through their order. The second time wasn't nearly as good.

Rizzo and Stanton connected for two-out homers in the fourth. Civale had just gotten Aaron Judge to bounce into a double play before surrendering 841 feet in homers to Rizzo (409) and Stanton (432).

It was the 10th time this season the Yankees have hit back-to-back homers. They also did it in the ninth inning of the opener.

New York broke it open with four runs in the seventh, scoring on Josh Donaldson's RBI double, an errant pickoff throw, Isiah Kiner Falefa's RBI single and Kyle Higashioka's sacrifice fly.

Carpenter has given the Yankees all they could ask since they signed the 36-year-old in May after the three-time NL All-Star was released as a minor leaguer by Texas.

He's got eight homers in 41 at-bats and come through every time manager Aaron Boone has called on him.

''You're seeing a rejuvenated guy,'' Boone said.

Carpenter said the chance to play for baseball's most storied team has lifted him.

''I feel like a little kid every time I put the uniform on,'' he said. ''The franchise that is just iconic, and I'm just grateful to be able to put it on every day and go out and play.''

Cole (7-2) was tagged for consecutive homers in the second inning by Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before settling in. The right-hander allowed Cleveland just one other hit and struck out six.

DJ LeMahieu added a solo shot off rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) and Jose Trevino homered off Guardians utilityman Ernie Clement in the ninth for the Yankees.

LET'S PLAY TWO

The Guardians are the first team since the 1989 Yankees to play their first six doubleheaders at home.

ROUGH RETURN

Another humdrum win for the Yankees in the opener did have a hiccup. Reliever Aroldis Chapman's first major league outing May 22 didn't go well.

The left-hander, who was activated Friday after being sidelined with Achilles tendinitis, came in for Cole to start the seventh and walked three straight batters before being pulled by Boone after 19 pitches.

''He's healthy,'' Boone said. ''He's got to get out there and not think in terms of throwing the ball but just trusting it and letting it rip and let the results fall where they may. I think he's just guarding against making sure he doesn't throw a ball.

''We've just got to get him over the hump.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said RHP Ron Marinaccio, who relieved Chapman in the opener, was being checked after complaining of a ''little dead arm.'' He hasn't allowed a run and just one hit in 13 consecutive appearances.

Guardians: Rookie OF Oscar Gonzalez was placed on the injured list with an intercostal (rib) strain. He didn't report any issues until Thursday and an MRI revealed the strain. Gonzalez will be shut down for at leas one week.

UP NEXT

Cleveland's Triston McKenzie (4-6, 4.03 ERA) had better be careful leaving pitches up in the zone against the Yankees. He's allowed 16 homers in 80 innings. Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.27) starts for New York.

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