TORONTO — Anthony Rizzo ended the Yankees’ fifth inning with eight runs with a grand slam from the third-deck panel on the right, and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to eight with a 12-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night .
New York has won 15 of its last 16 and is off to its best start since 1998, 48-16. The Yankees have an 11-game lead over second-placed Toronto in the AL East.
Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu and Joey Gallo also hit home runs for the Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 105 home runs and have conceded 49, one more than San Francisco’s big league low on Friday. New York has 17 homers in their last six games.
Jordan Montgomery (3-1) conceded two runs and three hits in six innings to go 3-0 in his last five games. New York, who beat Toronto 14-5, has won its last five starts.
Ross Stripling (3-2) led 1-0 in the fourth and extended his shutout streak to 16 2/3 innings before Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double and hit against Kyle Higashioka’s grounder.
New York hit a season-high for runs in the fifth inning when Rizzo was hit by a pitch and followed Stanton with his 14th homer this season and the 361st of his career, tying Joe DiMaggio. LeMahieu hit the next pitch for a 5-1 lead.
Gallo’s RBI double-tracked Trent Thornton, and Rizzo hit a thigh-high curveball from Trevor Richards, causing catcher Gabriel Moreno to drop his head. Rizzo’s sixth career slam, a 435-foot drive, was his first slam for the Yankees and his 17th home run this season. He has homed six times in 13 games, including a drive to the end of the game against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Gallo, who had three RBIs, added a two-run homer in the ninth ahead of Casey Lawrence, Gallo’s ninth home run this season.
LeMahieu had three hits and Rizzo reached base four times.
It was the second consecutive blowout loss for the Blue Jays, who gave up six runs in the third inning on Thursday in a 10-2 loss to Baltimore. It’s the first time this season Toronto has allowed its opponent to hit double-digit runs in consecutive games.
Alejandro Kirk hit his sixth home run in the sixth as the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees for the seventh time in ten games this year.
Stripling gave up two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino will start Sunday’s series finale, manager Aaron Boone said. Severino was cleared for the team’s restart Thursday night, hours after he scraped off his scheduled start against Tampa Bay and put on the COVID-19 IL. After the Yankees defeated the Rays on Thursday, Boone said Severino tested negative. Sunday is Severino’s 100th career start.
Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (right foot) was unavailable. Bichette left the game Thursday after seven innings, one after fouling a pitch off his foot. … 3B Matt Chapman returned after sitting down on Thursday with a sore left wrist.
Toronto selected RHP Jeremy Beasley and LHP Matt Gage to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled RHP Casey Lawrence and INF Otto Lopez from the Bisons.
Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (7-1, 2.93) starts Saturday afternoon against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (8-1, 1.67). Manoah is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.