Aaron Judge hit a mammoth three-run homer in the ninth inning for his first major league home run to give the Yankees a 6-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Giancarlo Stanton tied it with a modest three-run homer in the sixth, and the Yankees rallied for their 14th win in 16 games after three Toronto ejections left the angry Blue Jays in the red.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 5 | Score box | play to play
The Yankees overcame a shaky start from Luis Severino and improved to 21-8, the best record in the majors.
George Springer hit a leadoff home run for Toronto, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth that helped the Blue Jays take a 5-3 lead.
No. 9 hitter Jose Treviño and DJ LeMahieu drew back-to-back walks with one out in the ninth from Jordan Romano (1-2) before Judge sent a hanging slider 1-2 450 feet to the second deck in left field. The great slugger, who hit a homer for Class AA Trenton in April 2015, did a little dance as he approached the plate and was surrounded by excited teammates.
Judge and Stanton have homered in the same game 20 times, including the postseason, and the Yankees have won 19 of those games.
It was the second blown save in 14 chances this season for Romano, who entered the night leading the majors in saves.
Wandy Peralta (1-0) pitched a no-hitter ninth for the win.
Santiago Espinal had an early two-run double, originally ruled a home run, as Toronto quickly built a 3-0 lead against Severino, who started on eight days’ rest.
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Yusei Kikuchi pitched five hitless innings before Stanton tied the score in the sixth with a three-run homer off reliever Yimi Garcia that cleared Yankee Stadium’s short right-field porch by a few rows. The 335-foot drive would not have been a home run in any other Major League ballpark, according to Statcast.
That’s when the fireworks really started.
Garcia hit the next batter, Josh Donaldson, just around the left elbow pad with a 94 mph fastball on an 0-1 count.
The players on the Yankees bench didn’t like it, but Donaldson calmly walked to first base and the umpires gathered on the infield grass.
After a long discussion, crew chief Alfonso Marquez ejected Garcia, angering the pitcher and several Blue Jays who came out of the dugout. In the heated exchange, Marquez also took out pitching coach Pete Walker.
And when Yankees reliever Jonathan Loaisiga returned Bo Bichette with a 97 mph fastball in the seventh inning, home plate umpire Lance Barrett heard something from the Blue Jays bench and ejected manager Charlie Montoyo in astonishment.
Toronto regained its composure and put together a two-run rally in the eighth. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received a leadoff walk from Loaisiga and ran all the way home from first on a header slide on Gurriel’s line drive double to left off Chad Green.
Gurriel advanced to third on the throw to home plate and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s sacrifice fly.
Toronto has lost three in a row and six of eight.
A rat steals the show during the Mets win
WASHINGTON — There was no question this rat was real. So are these Mets.
A creature ran across the outfield grass just before James McCann’s sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead score during a three-run sixth inning Tuesday night, and Carlos Carrasco nearly made it to the seventh again, helping the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 4-2.
Mets 4, Nationals 2 | Score box | play to play
The sight of a creature drew gasps from some spectators and applause from others in an announced crowd of 21,955 at Nationals Park, where fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the game.
“The rat was lucky it was Puppies in the Park tonight and not Cat-urday!” team spokeswoman Jennifer Mastin Giglio joked in a text message.
The episode was reminiscent of one from a year ago, May 8, 2021, to be exact, involving a Mets club en route to a disappointing 77-85 result: Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil arguing during a game after that were combined. to miss a roll. Soon after, Mets players rushed into the tunnel near the dugout.
Here was Lindor’s explanation that day: “I was like, ‘I’ve never seen a New York rat.’ So we ran downstairs. I wanted to go see a New York rat, and (McNeil) got mad at me and said, ‘It’s not a rat, it’s a raccoon.
Hmmm. Regardless, this time around, there was no mistaking what was happening during an eventful half-inning, which began with the Nationals trailing last, 2-0, thanks to Maikel Franco’s RBI double: the relief pitch from McNeil easily beat Yadiel Hernandez at home as he tried to score from first in the fourth and Riley Adams’ solo shot in the fifth.
That was all Carrasco (3-1) allowed in 6 2/3 innings; he began the day as the only pitcher in the majors who had pitched more than seven innings in at least two starts.
In the sixth, once Nationals starter Patrick Corbin was replaced by the newly named Carl Edwards Jr., the Mets broke through, showing why they are now 21-10.
The Mets loaded the bases off Edwards (0-1) with two singles and a walk, and Jeff McNeil drove in a pair of runs when he hit a ball that bounced off first baseman Josh Bell and ran down the right-field line.
McCann’s sacrifice fly made it 3-2 and prompted “Come on, Mets!” chants from their fans in the stands. After Lindor made an excellent stop-and-pitch for Franco to ground out in the seventh, the Mets added an unearned safe run in the eighth, and Edwin Diaz scored the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Verlander flirts with no-hitter in win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander missed his fourth no-hitter by five outs but still went the minimum eight innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Tuesday night for their eighth straight win.
Twins third baseman Gio Urshela singled to right field with one out in the eighth to end Verlander’s offer. The 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, finished eighth by rolling Royce Lewis for a double play.
Astros 5, Twins 0 | Score box | play to play
Verlander was in the running to tie Sandy Koufax for second on the career no-hitter list. Nolan Ryan holds the record with seven.
After pitching just once in 2020 and missing the entire 2021 season with an elbow injury, Verlander has been stellar so far in 2022. Tuesday’s start took him to 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA in six starts.
Verlander struck out five and walked two on 89 pitches. Blake Taylor pitched the ninth for Houston.
Scores and summaries of the rest of Tuesday’s action.