Judge, who grew up in Linden, Calif. - almost 400 miles north of Anaheim - blasted a tie-breaking, two-run homer to right field that traveled 438 feet with one out in the eighth inning, enabling the Yankees to beat the Angels 5-3 and increase their winning streak to six on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
"It just shows what kind of fun we're having, what type of group we have here", Judge said. "We're getting deep into counts, and when you leave something over the middle, we're depositing it and doing some damage".
The move backfired as Chase Headley followed with an RBI single to put NY up 3-1. The first-place Yankees have outscored Boston and Baltimore, their closest competitors in the AL East, by 41-6 during their winning streak. He struck out eight and walked two. Tillman's season began when he pitched five scoreless innings and allowed three hits to the Chicago White Sox on May 7.
As Judge came to bat in the eighth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought "they might pitch around" the major league's home run leader.
"I've got to know with (Young) at second base, I probably have no shot at throwing him out at home", Judge said.
Tanaka departed with eight strikeouts and only two walks, but was charged with three runs (one earned). It was 12 pitches into the game, and the Yankees already led 5-0. Chris Carter singles to left center field. After the right-hander was replaced by lefty Chasen Shreve, Orioles left fielder Seth Smith had an RBI double and second baseman Jonathan Schoop had one, too, and the Orioles had three runs, the only ones they'd score.
NY made it 12-0 before an out was recorded in the fourth.
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The Yankees still have 102 games left, but, If the season ended today, Judge would be the American League's Most Valuable Player and he would also be a Triple Crown victor with his totals of a.344 average, 21 homers and 47 runs batted in.
It means that the New York Yankees are here, and here to stay.
"He had a nice assortment of pitches he was able to throw for strikes", Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo said.
Chris Davis and Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles. Yankees RHP Ben Heller was called up from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, and RHP Domingo German was optioned to the minors. It was a different story in the latest matchup between two promising 24-year-old arms.
Sale (7-2) struck out nine to increase his major-league leading total to 119. Over two seasons, he has 30 homers in 88 games.
Judge entered the game leading the AL in the Triple Crown categories, hitting.344 with 21 homers and 47 RBIs. Gonzalez followed with a single to make it 3-0. There is no timetable for his return.
Technically speaking, Judge said that he has worked on staying anchored on his back leg so that his body doesn't tilt forward. Chapman has been on the DL since May 14 with an inflamed rotator cuff. He will work out with Trenton, although he is not expected to play in any games this week. Yankees 7, Orioles 3. He beat the Yankees May 31 in Baltimore despite allowing eight hits and five walks over 5 1/3 frames. Tanaka will now start the first game of the Angels series Monday in Anaheim. Tanaka was scheduled to start Sunday but got an extra day off in the midst of the toughest stretch of his career, in which he's lost five straight starts (27 runs in 22 2/3 innings, including 11 homers).
Donaldson and the Blue Jays knocked out James Paxton (5-1) after just four innings, handing him his first loss of the season and sending the thousands of Toronto fans from western Canada back north of the border after their team won two of three this weekend.