The Washington Post

Judge clobbers No. 37 in New York shutout



baltimore — Aaron Judge hit his major leaguelead­ing 37th home run, fellow all-star Nestor Cortes pitched six sharp innings, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6- 0, on Sunday.

Jose Trevino, another Yankees all-star, had the first four-hit game of his career. New York, with the best record in the big leagues, took two of three and has won 22 of 32 series this year.

“It’s always big to win a series,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. “You don’t take that for granted whether you’re in a hot streak like we’ve been at times this year or you’re struggling a little bit. Series wins are not to be taken lightly.”

Judge has seven home runs in his past nine games and leads the majors with 81 RBI. He also raised his batting average to .294, which has been a key area of focus.

“I saw a lot of the greats — Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera — they always hit above .300, and the power just came with it,” Judge said. “That’s always been a goal of mine, to hit above .300, and we’ll keep working towards it.”

“I don’t think anybody should pitch to him,” Orioles catcher Robinson Chirinos said. “The guy is unbelievab­le. He’s hitting good pitches. He’s hitting mistakes. Normally when a guy’s hot, he’s hitting doubles and singles. He’s hitting the ball out of the ballpark, and it’s crazy. He’s a good hitter. What can you say?”

The Yankees lead the majors with 166 homers, most through the first 96 games of a season in franchise history, and have won at least 66 of their first 97 games for the 10th time in franchise history.

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