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Yankees Highlights: Luke Voit propels Bombers to win over Giants in series opener

The Yankees got right back on the horse during this West Coast trip, winning the series opener in San Francisco.

MLB: New York Yankees at San Francisco Giants Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees’ winning streak came to an end last night at the hands of the Angels, but they didn’t stay down for long. James Paxton didn’t put together quite the kind of start that he did in his previous two outings, but he was effective enough as the Yankees prevented a losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Giants. The Yankees are now 4-1 on this West Coast trip, and can clinch a winning trip with a victory Saturday at 4:05 EST with J.A. Happ on the mound.

Winner of the Game

Luke Voit cinched his status as today’s winner with a ninth-inning home run to put the game on ice. The first baseman also doubled, singled, and walked, scoring twice and driving in three. Voit is really starting to pick it up now, as he’s upped his slash line on the season to .276/.388/.551, good for a 150 wRC+. His performance has been a welcome antidote for an ailing team.

Honorable mention: The Yankees’ makeshift lineup as a whole, which pounded out 15 total hits with the likes of Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin, and Thairo Estrada all continuing to contribute.

Loser of the Game

The Yankees’ no-name brigade of replacements played a pretty strong game top-to-bottom, so there weren’t any real stinkers. Zack Britton probably had the shakiest night, so the honor could go to him. Britton walked the bases loaded in the seventh, and had to be relieved by Adam Ottavino for the final out of the inning. Britton’s ERA on the season is still low, but he has yet to truly inspire confidence on a nightly basis.

Honorable mention: The team’s baserunning, with a pair of runners getting thrown out unnecessarily at third base.