Aaron Hicks
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks smacks his first home run of the season in an impressive 13-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Yankees 13 (28-17)
  • Tampa Bay Rays 5 (27-17)
  • AL, Final, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Aaron Hicks figured it was time to officially get in on the long-ball action.

On Sunday, the New York Yankees outfielder smacked his first home run of the season, a two-run fourth-inning shot that tied the game up at five.

Hicks finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two ribbies in the Yankees dominant 13-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, reclaiming first place in the AL East.

The greatest damage was done in the sixth. A 5-5 game turned 12-5 after a seven-run inning.

Doubles by Thairo Estrada and Brett Gardner capped the damage. Gardner finished a team-high three hits and three runs batted in. He smashed his seventh homer of the campaign in the second inning.

Manager Aaron Boone opted to go with the “opener” for this one. Chad Green took the opening ball, relenting two runs in 1.2 innings of work. Kevin Kiermaier and Willy Adames each hit solo shots in the second.

Nestor Cortes Jr. took the mound after Green and didn’t fare well either, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Adam Ottavino and Chance Adams combined to close it out in 3.1 innings of clean work.

Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu put forth another strong plate day. He collected two hits (one home run in the seventh) and a team-high three runs.

The first-place New York Yankees now turn their attention to the road. They’ll head to Baltimore to open a four-game set with the Orioles on Monday night.

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