Judge and Gard­ner power Yan­kees past Blue Jays, 11-5

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MIKE FITZPATRICK

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit two more home runs after de­stroy­ing a flat-screen tele­vi­sion with a long drive dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice, and Brett Gard­ner also went deep twice to power the New York Yan­kees past the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-5, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Tues­day night.

In­jury sub­sti­tute Aaron Hicks added a two-run shot, and Masahiro Tanaka (4-1) pitched into the sev­enth in­ning to win his fourth straight start.

Matt Hol­l­i­day had three hits, in­clud­ing an early RBI dou­ble, as the Yan­kees jumped to a 7-0 lead against Mat Latos and won for the 15th time in 20 games.

Steve Pearce went four-for-four with his first two homers for the Blue Jays, who had won a sea­son-best three in a row. Latos (0-1) was in­ef­fec­tive in his third start for Toronto, al­low­ing four homers and 10 hits in four in­nings.

Judge, the six-foot-seven moun­tain of a rookie, took over the ma­jor­league lead with his 12th home run, a three-run shot to left field on the 10th pitch of his at-bat in the sev­enth. He went the other way for a solo shot in the third, clear­ing the 314-foot sign in the right-field cor­ner by a few rows with a pop fly that left a smil­ing Latos shak­ing his head and al­most laugh­ing be­hind the mound.

Es­ti­mated at 337 feet, the home run was the short­est of Judge’s big league ca­reer. He came in av­er­ag­ing 413 feet on his long balls this year, ac­cord­ing to Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Stat­cast sys­tem.

It was the sec­ond time in the past five games that Judge con­nected twice. He has five homers in his past five games.

And when the slug­ger made a fine catch in right field, fans at Yan­kee Sta­dium chanted “MVP! MVP!”

Gard­ner led off the bot­tom of the first with a dou­ble and scored three times. He has four home runs this sea­son — a pair of two-homer per­for­mances in the past four games.

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