JUDGE HITS 29TH HOMER, TY­ING DIMAG­GIO’S ROOKIE MARK

Blue Jays blow five-run lead but still man­age win

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge tied Joe DiMag­gio’s New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie — be­fore the Al­lS­tar break.

Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right­cen­tre in the fourth in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s 7-6 loss to Toronto, his ma­jor league­lead­ing 29th home run of the sea­son.

DiMag­gio set the Yankees rookie mark in 1936. Judge reached it in New York’s 83rd game of the sea­son.

“Any time you’re in the sen­tence as some­one like DiMag­gio is pretty in­cred­i­ble,” Judge said. “It’s quite an hon­our.” Con­nect­ing on a 92 mph fast­ball, Judge drove it 398 feet, ac­cord­ing to MLB’s Stat­cast. The only other rook­ies to hit 29 homers be­fore the All-Star break were Mark McGwire in 1987 (33) and Jose Abreu in 2014 (29).

Judge is hit­ting .331 with 65 RBIs and 104 strike­outs. New York trailed 5-0 be­fore the homer. Judge came up with two outs in the ninth with a run­ner on first and struck out against Roberto Osuna, un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to check his swing on a low, out­side slider.

“I got fooled,” Judge said.

Dellin Be­tances forced in the go-ahead run with four walks in the eighth in­ning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-6 Wed­nes­day af­ter wast­ing a five-run lead.

Justin Smoak and Kendrys Mo­rales hit back-to­back home runs in the third in­ning off Michael Pineda, who also al­lowed Kevin Pil­lar’s lead­off homer in the fourth. Rus­sell Martin tied the score 6-6 with a sev­enth-in­ning homer against Chad Green, then walked to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Aaron Judge hit his ma­jor league-lead­ing 29th home run, ty­ing Joe DiMag­gio’s Yankees rookie record, and Ji-Man Choi home­red in his Yankees de­but.

Toronto took two of three from New York, which is 0-6-1 in its last seven se­ries. Lead­ing the AL East by four games on June 13 with a 38-23 record, the Yankees have lost 16 of their last 22.

Danny Barnes (2-2) threw 1 2/3 in­nings and Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth to con­vert his 20th con­sec­u­tive save chance and 21st over­all this sea­son. Brett Gard­ner sin­gled with two outs, and Osuna struck out Judge.

Be­tances (3-4) walked his first three bat­ters in the eighth, when he threw nine straight balls, threw a called third strike past Jose Bautista, then walked Martin on a 3-2 pitch. Strug­gling with his mechanics, Be­tances has walked 17 of his last 55 bat­ters, in­clud­ing 11 of his last 22.

Adam War­ren re­lieved, threw a called third strike past Smoak, then re­tired Mo­rales on a fly­out.

Catcher Miguel Mon­tero made his Blue Jays de­but, two days af­ter he was ac­quired from the Chicago Cubs, and went 0 for 4 with a walk.

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