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

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The Yankees made up for two days without a win with two wins in one day.

New York is getting back to normal.
Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton hit back-to-back home runs, Nestor Cortes finished Cleveland for six innings and the Yankees continued their torrid winning streak by beating the Guardians 6-1 on Saturday to complete a double-header.

Matt Carpenter hit two homers and Gerrit Cole shrugged in New York’s 13-4 romp in the opener.

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

Cortés (7-3) allowed Amed Rosario a home run in the first and little else.The left-hander allowed a three-goal run and knocked out six, including three times for Guardians star Jose Ramirez.

The New York bullpen took it from there, but it wasn’t easy.

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

Not only are New York taking over the AL East at 58-21, they also have the second-best record of any team in 93 years with 79 games. Only the 1998 Yankees (59-20) were better, and this version is step-by-step with those world series champions so far. They’re useful on any team, especially one as young as the Wardens.

Rizzo and Stanton scored in the fourth from Aaron Civale (2-5), who kept the Yankees clean for the first time in their ranks. The second time wasn’t nearly as good.

Rizzo and Stanton with two outs in the fourth homer, Civale had just gotten Aaron Judge to recover with a double play before hitting 841 feet in home runs to Rizzo (409) and Stanton ( 432) gave.

It was the 10th time the Yankees hit consecutive home runs this season. They did that in the ninth inning of the first game.

New York opened it with four runs in the seventh, scoring with Josh Donaldson’s RBI double, a missed interception throw, Isiah Kiner Falefa’s RBI single and Kyle Higashioka’s sacrificial fly.

Carpenter has given the Yankees everything they could want since he signed the 36-year-old in May after Texas sacked the three-time NL All-Star as a minor league.

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

Cole (7-2) gave up back-to-back second-inning homers from Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before retiring settled in The right-hander allowed Cleveland just one more hit, batting out six.

DJ LeMahieu added a solo homer from rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) in the ninth inning for the Yankees and José Treviño hit a homer from Guardians utility man Ernie Clement.

Yankees: Boone said RHP Ron Marinaccio, who replaced Chapman in Game 1, was checked out after complaining of a “little dead arm.” He has not allowed a run and only one hit in 13 straight appearances.

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