Juan Soto homers again as red-hot Yankees shut out hapless Marlins

Not even a solar eclipse can slow down the Yankees.

And the hapless Marlins definitely couldn’t.

Having Miami come to The Bronx with their 1-9 record to face the Yankees seemed like a mismatch going into Monday’s game.

It was even more of one once they actually started playing.

Juan Soto hit a three-run homer during the Yankees’ win against the Marlins on Monday. Charles Wenzelberg

Not only did Anthony Volpe and Juan Soto power the offense with a pair of three-run homers in the fourth, but Nestor Cortes dominated on the mound.

The lefty allowed just one base runner through six innings — a one-out single to right in the fourth by Bryan De La Cruz.

He ended up allowing just two singles in eight scoreless innings in the best start of the year by a Yankee.

Juan Soto rounds third base after hitting a three-run homer during the Yankees’ six-run fourth inning. Charles Wenzelberg

The combination gave the Yankees (9-2) their third straight win as they continued their torrid start to the season.

After the Yankees were blanked for the second time this year on Friday, they responded with a season-high nine runs Saturday and eight runs Sunday.

They weren’t finished, as they erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to break open Monday’s scoreless game, with the big blows coming from Volpe and Soto.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning with a single and got to third on Anthony Rizzo’s base hit to right.

With runners on the corners and no one out, Volpe, who also made a pair of stellar defensive plays at shortstop, went down and got a 1-2 slider from Jesus Luzardo and drilled it into the left-field seats for his second homer of the season.

Nestor Cortes threw eight shutout innings for the Yankees against the Marlins on Monday. Charles Wenzelberg

Alex Verdugo followed with a double down the left-field line and Jose Trevino drew a four-pitch walk before Jon Berti laid down a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning.

A Gleyber Torres fly out to right was too shallow to score Verdugo from third, but Soto took care of it by hitting a three-run home run to right to make it 6-0.

They added another run in the fifth thanks to a leadoff double by Stanton and a two-out RBI single to center by Verdugo.

And Cortes cruised along.

He retired the first 10 batters he faced before De La Cruz’s single and then retired another eight straight following the base hit before De La Cruz led off the seventh with a flare to center.

The lefty had allowed three runs in the first inning in both of his previous starts this season, but had no trouble — early or late — against Miami. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in his 102-pitch outing.

Josh Maciejewski, called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, made his MLB debut in the ninth and finished the game with a scoreless inning.

And Verdugo, who entered the game with just five hits in 35 at-bats, had three hits on the night in a game that was initially scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m. but was pushed back to 6:05 p.m. by the Yankees and MLB due to the eclipse.


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