Didi hits 2 HRs, Stan­ton hit­less vs Mar­lins, Yanks romp 12-1

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NEW YORK — Gian­carlo Stan­ton was the only Yan­kees bop­per who didn’t get in on the hit pa­rade against his for­mer team when New York played Derek Jeter’s Mi­ami Mar­lins for the first time.

Didi Gre­go­rius home­red twice for the sec­ond time this sea­son, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and Aaron Judge be­came the fastest ma­jor lea­guer to hit 60 ca­reer homers, pow­er­ing the Yan­kees to a 12-1 rout Mon­day night.

Gre­go­rius hit a two-run homer in the fourth in­ning off the sec­ond deck in right field and a solo drive in the sev­enth that struck an ad be­hind the Yan­kees bullpen in right-cen­ter. He has five homers this sea­son.

“We’re just see­ing a re­ally good player in the prime of his ca­reer,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said.

New York had 15 hits, in­clud­ing five dou­bles and three homers. Ev­ery starter ex­cept Stan­ton got at least one hit against the last-place Mar­lins, who dropped to 4-12.

Stan­ton was 0 for 3 with two more strike­outs , a bases-loaded foulout, a walk and a hit by pitch, prompt­ing more boos from rest­less Yan­kees fans. It was his first reg­u­lar-sea­son game against the team he played for from 2010-17.

“It wasn’t that weird. I think once I go to Mi­ami that will be pretty weird for me,” Stan­ton said. “It was just good to see the guys and, ob­vi­ously, get a good win.”

Judge’s fourth home run this sea­son gave him 60 in 197 games, five fewer than Mark McGwire. New York scored in each of the first five in­nings and built an 11-0 lead for Luis Sev­erino (3-1), who al­lowed one hit in six score­less in­nings and struck out eight.

Jeter did not at­tend the first game be­tween the teams since the for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain be­came Mar­lins CEO last Oc­to­ber.

Another for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain was in Mi­ami’s dugout: Don Mat­tingly. Start­ing his third sea­son as Mar­lins man­ager, Mat­tingly was wel­comed by the Bleacher Crea­tures, who chanted “Don-nie Base-ball!” dur­ing their first-in­ning Roll Call. He tipped his cap in ac­knowl­edge­ment and later was given a video tribute.

“It’s al­ways nice. Not giv­ing up all those runs would have been a bet­ter greet­ing,” Mat­tingly said.

Stan­ton was a four-time All-Star, two-time NL home run cham­pion and reign­ing NL MVP when he was dealt to the Yan­kees in De­cem­ber as part of a Jeter-di­rected pay­roll purge.

The slug­ger sent a foul ball into the left-field up­per deck be­fore his walk con­trib­uted to a two-run first against for­mer Yan­kees pitcher Caleb Smith (0-2). Stan­ton’s fifth-in­ning strike­out trig­gered scat­tered boos, and loud ones fol­lowed when he fanned on three pitches in the sev­enth -- rais­ing his strike­out to­tal to 27 in 15 games. Stan­ton is hit­ting .210 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

“It’s New York. You strug­gle, you pay, right? That’s all there is to it. It’s a day-in, day-out place. It don’t mat­ter what you did last year,” Mat­tingly said be­fore the game. “You don’t re­ally have any money in the bank.”

Mar­lins re­liever Brad Ziegler thought the fan re­ac­tion was un­war­ranted.

“I don’t like boo­ing as a sign of dis­plea­sure for poor play,” he said. “The only time I ever think boo­ing should be acceptable is when there’s a lack of ef­fort.”

Sec­ond base­man Star­lin Castro, traded to Mi­ami as part of the Stan­ton deal, was 0 for 3.

Like Jeter, Mat­tingly spent his en­tire play­ing ca­reer with the Yan­kees. He was ap­pointed cap­tain by owner Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner from 199195, a role held by Jeter from 2003-14.

“It’s like grow­ing up in the same fam­ily with the same par­ents,” Mat­tingly said. “We both came through the sys­tem. You know what’s ex­pected. There’s a way to go about your busi­ness, and I think that’s what Derek is bring­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”


Bryce Harper hit a star­tling, bro­ken-bat homer early, then grounded a key sin­gle dur­ing a sixrun surge in the eighth in­ning that sent Wash­ing­ton past New York.

The Na­tion­als ral­lied against five pitch­ers in their big burst, win­ning for just the fourth time in 13 games. The Mets had been off to the best start in fran­chise his­tory be­hind the top bullpen in the ma­jors be­fore col­laps­ing.

Trail­ing 6-1, Wash­ing­ton com­bined five hits, three walks and a hit bat­ter to take the lead.

Harper’s two-run sin­gle off Jerry Blevins made it 6-3. Wilmer Difo tied it with a two-out, tworun sin­gle off Jeurys Fa­milia, and Michael A. Tay­lor drew a bases-loaded walk from the Mets closer for the go-ahead run.

Howie Ken­drick added a solo homer in the ninth.

Harper’s ma­jor league-lead­ing eighth home run was a show of shear power and strength. His bat broke into two pieces, but the ball still flew an es­ti­mated 406 feet to right-cen­ter field.

Harper con­nected for a solo drive in the first in­ning off Ja­cob deGrom, who struck out 12 in 7 1/3 in­nings, the long­est outing by a Mets pitcher this sea­son. He left with two on, one out and a five-run lead.

A.J. Cole (1-1) got the win de­spite giv­ing up As­drubal Cabr­era’s two-run homer in the sev­enth that made it 6-1. Ryan Mad­son earned his sec­ond save.

AJ Ramos (0-1) took the loss.


SAN DIEGO — Yas­mani Gran­dal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) struck out nine in six strong in­nings.

Gran­dal, ac­quired from San Diego in a trade for Kemp in De­cem­ber 2014, hit his third ca­reer slam with two outs in the ninth off Kazuhisa Makita.

Kemp drove the first pitch he saw from lefty Rob­bie Er­lin (0-2) to left-cen­ter to high­light the third in­ning, which was a mess for the Padres.

Third base­man Chris­tian Vil­lanueva and right fielder Hunter Ren­froe com­mit­ted er­rors that al­lowed Chris Tay­lor and Corey Sea­ger to reach safely at the start of the in­ning. En­rique Her­nan­dez hit an RBI sin­gle, Cody Bellinger had a base hit and Kemp launched his sec­ond home run for a 6-2 lead.


ST. PE­TERS­BURG, Fla. — Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine to help Tampa Bay stop a four-game losing streak.

Smith bunted for a sin­gle against Martin Perez (1-2) in a four-run sec­ond in­ning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead. He dou­bled and scored in the third on his way to a sec­ond four-hit game in eight days.

Snell (2-1) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 in­nings.

Joey Gallo be­came the first left-handed hit­ter to homer against Snell, who has made 47 ca­reer starts. No­mar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth.

Wil­son Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs. C.J. Cron and Daniel Robert­son home­red for Tampa Bay. Perez gave up seven earned runs and 10 hits in four in­nings.


PITTS­BURGH — Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, Ger­man Mar­quez pitched six ef­fec­tive in­nings and Colorado kept its road surge go­ing.

Story bounced back from a mis­er­able series in Wash­ing­ton by go­ing 2 for 3 and driv­ing in three runs, all of them com­ing when he sent a pitch from Steven Brault (2-1) into the bleach­ers in left field with one out in the fourth at frigid and blus­tery PNC Park to break open a close game.

Char­lie Black­mon added his team-lead­ing sev­enth home run of the sea­son for Colorado. The Rock­ies have won five of six over­all and are 8-2 in their last 10 games away from Coors Field.

Mar­quez (1-1) held the Pi­rates with­out a hit un­til a one-out triple by Fran­cisco Cervelli in the fifth. He left af­ter six in­nings, giv­ing up two runs, two hits and two walks with six strike­outs.


SEAT­TLE — James Pax­ton de­liv­ered six strong in­nings, Nel­son Cruz took Dal­las Keuchel deep and Seat­tle ended a sixgame skid against Hous­ton.

Pax­ton (1-1) al­lowed a lead­off homer to Ge­orge Springer in the first in­ning but was solid af­ter that, strik­ing out seven over six in­nings.

Nel­son Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his ty­ing solo blast off Keuchel (0-3) with two outs in the fourth. Dee Gor­don’s RBI dou­ble made it 2-1 in the sixth, putting Pax­ton in line for the win.

Nick Vin­cent and Juan Ni­ca­sio got the ball to closer Ed­win Diaz, and he pitched a score­less ninth for his AL-lead­ing sev­enth save.


AT­LANTA — Julio Te­heran out­pitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of suc­cess at SunTrust Park and At­lanta snapped Philadel­phia’s six-game win­ning streak.

Te­heran (1-1) al­lowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strike­outs in six in­nings. He be­gan the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers al­lowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ sec­ond-year sta­dium, but Te­heran kept the Phillies guess­ing with a tough slider.

At­lanta be­came the last team in the ma­jors to record a save as closer Arodys Viz­caino ended it on Car­los San­tana’s ground­out.

Nola (1-1) gave up four hits, two runs and two walks in six in­nings. The Phillies’ 24-yearold ace struck out two.


MIL­WAU­KEE — Billy Hamil­ton drove in three runs and Cincin­nati ended an eight-game losing streak.

The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games this sea­son. Cincin­nati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the ma­jors. Joey Votto had an RBI dou­ble for his first ex­tra-base hit of the sea­son.

Cincin­nati starter Luis Castillo (1-2) shut out the Brew­ers for six in­nings be­fore al­low­ing four runs in the sev­enth.

Mil­wau­kee starter Brent Suter (1-2) al­lowed three runs and six hits over five in­nings and struck out four.


OAK­LAND, Calif. — Daniel Meng­den car­ried a shutout into the ninth in­ning in his best start of the sea­son and Oak­land won be­fore another sparse crowd at the Coli­seum.

Matt Ol­son home­red, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Pis­cotty had two hits and an RBI for the A’s. Oak­land has won con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this sea­son.

Meng­den (2-2) had al­lowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts but was dom­i­nant against Chicago.

Rey­naldo Lopez (0-2) al­lowed a lead­off homer to Ol­son in the fourth and gave up two runs over six in­nings.


New York Yan­kees' Didi Gre­go­rius (18) raises his bat­ting hel­met to the crowd af­ter hit­ting a solo home run, his sec­ond of the game, against the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

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