It was only a matter of time for Aaron Judge: the mighty hitter hit his 53rd long ball of the season to set a new personal best on Sunday, in a 2-1 New York Yankees win over the New York Rays. Tampa Bay.
While Judge took advantage of the game to surpass the 52 homer mark he set in his rookie season in 2017, the Yankees gave themselves a little rest by signing an important victory against Tampa Bay to breathe a little easier at the top. from Eastern America.
After losing the first two games of the series to Tampa Bay, the Yankees had seen their lead at the top of the division dwindle to just four games. With this gain, they reduced their priority to five games over the Rays.
Judge wasted no time setting his pace. On the second pitch of the game, he sent the ball 450 feet from the plate to open the scoring and set his new personal best.
Judge now has a 17 homer lead over Kyle Schwarber, his closest pursuer, who has hit 36 this season.
The Yankees doubled their lead in the 7th inning on a sacrifice fly by Oswaldo Cabrera, which sent Judge home for the second time in the game.
Late in the 9th inning, the Rays attempted a comeback, but only Francisco Mejia drove in a run with his single. Tampa Bay was unable to tie the game and the Rays squandered the chance to sweep their streak against the Yankees.
Frankie Montas had a great outing allowing just one hit in five innings of work, in addition to scoring seven strikeouts. He recorded his fifth victory of the season.
This loss for the Rays, combined with the victory for the Blue Jays, allows Toronto to reduce the gap between the two teams to just one game.
Elsewhere in America
Athletics 5 – Orioles 0
OAK: Outfielder Seth Brown hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season in the game.
BAL: The Orioles end a four-game winning streak.
Rangers 2 – Red Sox 5
TEX: The Rangers are swept away by the Red Sox and suffer their eighth straight loss.
BOS: Playing his first game in major league baseball, Triston Casas hit a single
Royals 3 – Tigers 2
KC: Bobby Witt Jr.’s double in the eighth inning produced the game-changing run.
DET: Reliever Gregory Soto suffers his eighth loss of the season.
Twins 5 – White Sox 1
MIN: Starter Dylan Bundy gets his third win in as many starts against the White Sox this season.
CWS: AJ Pullock gets a hit in a seventh straight game.
Astros 9 – Angels 1
HOU: Jose Altuve finished the game with three RBIs and three hits, including his 23rd homer of the season
LAA: Mike Trout hits his 29th homer of the season