JUDGE HITS 29TH HOMER, TYING DIMAGGIO’S ROOKIE MARK
Blue Jays blow five-run lead but still manage win
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.