Yankees belt 4 HRs, pound White Sox for 5th straight win

Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson homered to back 6 1/3 strong innings from Gerrit Cole and boost the visiting New York Yankees to a 10-4 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

New York secured at least a split of the four-game weekend series with Chicago while winning for the 17th time in 19 games overall. The White Sox fell to 1-9 in their past 10 games against the Yankees, who have outscored Chicago 25-11 in the series thus far.

Stanton, who smacked two home runs Thursday night, connected for a two-run shot against White Sox starter Vince Velasquez with two outs in the first inning.

Aaron Hicks and Donaldson delivered RBI doubles around DJ LeMahieu’s run-scoring groundout one inning later to push the New York advantage to 5-0. Judge hit a solo shot in the fourth and Gallo followed suit in the fifth as the surging Yankees teed off on Velasquez (2-3).

After pitching to a 0.84 ERA while winning his past two starts entering Friday, Velasquez allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Cole (3-0) seized the run support en route to defeating the White Sox for the third time in four career starts. He scattered three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts. Cole has fanned at least nine batters in three of his past four starts.

Chicago drew to within 7-3 on Gavin Sheets’ two-run home run in the sixth. Luis Robert reached on an infield single, his second hit of the game, before Sheets launched his third home run in the past four games.

Sheets also had a pair of hits. Robert scored Chicago’s first run on a Cole balk in the fourth inning. Reese McGuire capped the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth.

Gleyber Torres and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had two-hit games for the Yankees along with Judge, Donaldson, Stanton and Gallo. Donaldson had three RBIs.