NEW YORK - In this unique 2020 MLB season, mutually acceptable means were designed to shorten extra-inning and doubleheader games.
Here's one they missed: The mercy rule.
On Tuesday, the Yankees held a 13-run lead against the Toronto Blue Jays after five-and-a-half innings, which would have been a fine time to call it a night.
A 10-run advantage would have sufficed.
But they played on at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees' 20-6 win - their sixth straight victory - vaulted them past Toronto in the AL playoff pecking order by a half-game.
And with two more home runs, Luke Voit (3 for 5, 5 RBIs) moved his name up a bit higher in the AL MVP race; with 18 homers, he leads the majors.
DJ LeMahieu capped a four-hit, five-RBI night with a homer against Santiago Espinal, an infielder summoned to pitch the eighth inning.
Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez (4 RBIs) and Clint Frazier also joined Tuesday's homer party, before LeMahieu finished off his stellar night.
In all, it was payback with interest against the Blue Jays for their 10-run inning against the Yankees Sept. 7, arguably the club's lowest point of the season.
Though Giancarlo Stanton (0 for 4, walk) had a quiet night, his return after five weeks signaled the start of a more potent lineup down the final stretch.