James Paxton, Luke Voit carry no-name Yankees over Giants


SAN FRANCISCO — One night after flushing a four-run lead in Southern California, the Yankees were walking a slippery slope late Friday evening night against a Giants team headed for a miserable summer.

Another four-run advantage had been sliced to two because the Yankees failed to take advantage of a strong scoring chance in the seventh.

So, off to the ninth inning the Yankees went and it was there that their two best hitters, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit, helped release the pressure that was building and carry the visitors to a 7-3 victory in front of 34, 950 at Oracle Park.

LeMahieu doubled with one out against former Yankee Mark Melancon and Voit, who has gone from battling Greg Bird for a big league roster spot to hitting where Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton used to, crushed a two-run homer to center field, a place where it is very hard to get a ball out at night, to up the Yankees lead to 7-3.