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The Yankees completed their sweep of the San Francisco Giants with an 11-5 win on Sunday in the City by the Bay.
When this is added to the three of four they won in Anaheim early in the week, the Yankees are 6-1 on this west coast trip with two games to go in Arizona on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.
The Yankees won five of six before they hit the road, so this is now a run in which they have gone 11-2, improving their record to 17-11, just 1-1/2 games behind Tampa Bay (18-9) for first place in the American League East.
Incredibly, they have done this with just two players from their Opening Day lineup who have played consistently, center fielder Brett Gardner and Luke Voit, who has split time at first base and as designated hitter.
Catcher Gary Sanchez returned on Wednesday in Anaheim after two weeks on the injured list. He went 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts in two games against the Angels before he was rested Friday night.
On Saturday, Sanchez found the pop in his bat that produced six home runs earlier this season, as he launched a grand slam on Saturday in a 6-4 win and a two-run homer on Sunday in the 11-5 victory.
Voit also had a big weekend, as he had six hits (6-12 overall) with a home run and six RBI. For the season, he is hitting .283 with eight home runs and 25 RBI.
The Yankees offense scored 24 runs, had 27 hits and pounded out four home runs in the three-game sweep.
The series started on Friday night with a matchup of powerful left-handers on the mound, as the Yankees' James Paxton faced off against San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner.
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first when Gleyber Torres got an RBI double and scored on a single by Cameron Maybin (who was acquired on Thursday) in his first Yankee at-bat to make it 2-0.
San Francisco got one back in the bottom of the first when Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to score ex-Yankee Tyler Austin.
In the third, Gio Ursehla got an RBI single, then in the fifth, Voit got an RBI double, and Thairo Estrada got an RBI single in the sixth to make it 5-1.
That was all for Bumgarner, who allowed five runs on 11 hits and no walks, with five strikeouts, in 5-2/3 innings. He took the loss, dropping to 1-4 with a 4.30 ERA on the season.
San Francisco got two got two off Paxton in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-3, and he was also gone after 5-2/3 innings. He earned the win to go to 3-2 on the season with a 3.38 ERA.
Voit out the game away with a two-run homer in the ninth that made it 7-3 Yankees.
On Saturday, in the Yankees' 6-4 win, they got on the board first when DJ LeMahieu singled home Cameron Maybin to make it 1-0 in the third inning.
In the fifth, Voit was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run, followed by Sanchez's grand slam to make it 6-0.
Yankees starter J.A. Happ had a great outing, as he threw seven shutout innings on five hits and no walks, with two strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. (his record is 1-2)
The Giants got four runs in the ninth off Yankee reliever Luis Cessa, who was the one blemish on a nearly perfect weekend. They had to bring in Aroldis Chapman to earn his fifth save of the season.
On Sunday, the Yankees wasted no time getting to Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez.
The Yankees manufactured a pair of runs in the first as LeMahieu scored on an error by San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford and Voit scored as a result of a double play from Gleyber Torres.
In the second, Luke Voit got a two-run single, and in the third, Torres hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0.
In the sixth, Sanchez hit a two-run homer to open up an 8-0 lead.
Yankees starter Domingo German was cruising to that point, but allowed four runs in the sixth.
German earned his fifth win of the season (his record is 5-1) and was pulled after six innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. His ERA is 2.56.
The Yankees tacked on three in the ninth when Maybin got an RBI single, followed by a two-run single from Tyler Wade that made it 11-4 Yankees.
Joe Harvey closed it out for the Yankees in the bottom in the ninth, and gave up a lead-off homer to Kevin Pillar to make it 11-5 before shutting the door on the Giants.
Settling the score: Outfielder Cameron Maybin was acquired by the Yankees rom Cleveland on Thursday, but he spent spring training with San Francisco before they released him on March 22. Maybin played all three games this weekend, as he went 3-8 at the plate this weekend with two RBI, which ironically came in the first and last innings of the series.