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Yankees hit 6 homers, crush Pirates 16-0

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Yankees hit 6 homers, crush Pirates 16-0
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hits a grand slam in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

July 7 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees combined for 22 hits, including six home runs, in a dominant victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino allowed just four hits over six shutout innings in the 16-0 win Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton each homered for the Yankees.

"Games like this help guys get rolling," Judge told reporters. "You get a couple of good at-bats, hit a couple balls in the gap and all of the sudden guys take off for a week or two, a whole month or even the rest of the season."

Neither team scored for the first four innings. Yankees first baseman D.J. LeMahieu started the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the fifth.

Donaldson and Gallo added back-to-back solo homers in the top of the sixth. Higashioka followed with a 420-foot solo shot to center field in the seventh.

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The Yankees took a 5-0 edge into the eighth. Pirates relief pitcher Manny Banuelos struck out Gallo to start the inning.

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Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with a single to left field. Banuelos then walked Higashioka and LeMahieu to load the bases for Judge.

The Yankees slugger belted an 0-1 Banuelos sinker to left field for a 419-foot grand slam. Donaldson drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the same inning.

Kiner-Falefa, LeMahieu and left fielder Marwin Gonzalez each reached base to start the ninth, loading the bases for Hicks. The Yankees outfielder proceeded to smack an 0-1 eephus pitch from relief pitcher Josh VanMeter to left center for a 409-foot grand slam.

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Higashioka drove in the final run with an RBI single five at-bats later.

Kiner-Falefa went 4 for 6 with three runs scored. LeMahieu and Judge recorded three hits apiece.

Judge is now hitting .287 with a league-high 30 homers and 64 RBIs this season.

The Yankees (59-23) will face the rival Boston Red Sox (45-37) at 7:10 p.m. EDT Thursday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Pirates (33-48) will face the Cincinnati Reds (28-53) at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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