After rolling over a Blue Jays team that looked completely lost on Tuesday night, the Yankees found themselves somewhere they hadn’t been since Sept. 2: in sole possession of second place in the AL East.
Though it’s not where they expected to be at this point of the season, it looks a lot better than where they were just a week ago, when they were fighting for their playoff lives.
With their 20-6 romp over Toronto in The Bronx, the Yankees have now won six straight and moved half a game ahead of the Blue Jays, leaving them trailing just the front-running Rays in the division.
In the first of seven games remaining between the two teams, the Yankees hit six homers and scored their most runs in a game since Aug. 30, 2015, when they scored 20 against Atlanta.
They also scored seven runs in the second, five in the third and four more in the fourth — batting around each inning — to blow the game open, as Deivi Garcia won again in his fourth start.
The 21-year-old right-hander wasn’t as dominant as he was in his previous outing against the Blue Jays last Wednesday in Buffalo, when he gave up two runs in seven innings. But he was plenty good enough to beat Toronto on…