Yanks open with 2 HR, set MLB mark in 4-3 win over Blue Jays

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge and his teammates were joking about which one of them would hit the home run that gave the New York Yankees a major league-record 28 straight games with a long ball.

The 6-foot-7 slugger, batting second in the lineup, predicted the mark might fall in the first inning.

Judge was right, even though he never had a crack at it. The first chance went to leadoff man DJ LeMahieu - and nobody else got one.

LeMahieu and Judge hit back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the first inning, and New York held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Tuesday night.

''I was just trying to do what he did. He's been our MVP,'' Judge said. ''DJ stole the show. We're happy for him. No better person I want breaking that record.''

Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion each poked a solo shot over the short right field porch for the Yankees, who shook off another injury to Giancarlo Stanton and won for the 10th time in 11 games. The AL East leaders are 8-1 on a 10-game homestand that wraps up Wednesday.

Aroldis Chapman allowed a run in the ninth before retiring Freddy Galvis on an easy grounder with two aboard for his 23rd save in 25 tries.

''It certainly wasn't perfect tonight, but the long ball obviously played a huge role,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Stanton exited in the fourth with a bruised right knee and was scheduled for an MRI. He got tangled up with Toronto pitcher Clayton Richard (0-4) in the first while getting thrown out on a headfirst slide into third base.

The 2017 NL MVP just returned last Tuesday from injuries to his biceps, shoulder and calf that had sidelined him since March 31.

Nonetheless, the Yankees wasted no time rewriting the record book on this night.

LeMahieu hit his fourth career leadoff shot into the second deck down the left field line, breaking a mark New York shared for one day with the 2002 Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 consecutive games.

''We've got something special,'' Judge said.

The Yankees quickly added another one, too, when Judge followed with an opposite-field drive into the right field stands. It was the first home run since April 20 for Judge, who returned Friday from an oblique injury that sidelined him for two months.

It was the second time this season and 11th in franchise history the Yankees started a game with consecutive home runs.

Bronx Bombers, indeed.

Rookie left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. (3-0) struck out five over 4 1/3 solid innings in relief of opener Chad Green. They combined to retire the first 12 Blue Jays batters before Cavan Biggio doubled leading off the fifth.

Danny Jansen's double in the sixth set up Eric Sogard's sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that chased Cortes and cut it to 3-2. Tommy Kahnle escaped trouble with two strikeouts and Stephen Tarpley, recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, tossed a perfect seventh.

Zack Britton worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Chapman got three outs. Randal Grichuk's run-scoring single with two down trimmed it to 4-3 for the young Blue Jays.

''A lot of progress. We're playing good baseball,'' rookie manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Torres went deep in the second and Encarnacion hit his AL-high 24th homer - third with the Yankees - off reliever Tim Mayza in the eighth.

Tagged right off the bat, Richard settled down and lasted six innings. The former backup quarterback at Michigan, pitching on a night when his alma mater was playing for the NCAA baseball championship in the College World Series, allowed three runs and eight hits.

The Wolverines lost 4-1 to Vanderbilt, setting up a winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night.

''I follow from afar. It's definitely cool to see,'' Richard said.

NEW YORK CITY BALLET

Cortes kept the Blue Jays off balance with an array of funky windups. He dropped down, hesitated and even paused for a long beat with his stiff right leg pointed straight toward first base.

''He's really good at his craft,'' Boone said.

On the bench, Boone said the Yankees began calling one of Cortes' unorthodox deliveries ''The Nutcracker.''

''I try to stay loose out there,'' Cortes explained. ''I try to mess up the timing.''

He said he can't keep count of all his contortions and they just come to him. He said he's been doing it since 2015 in the minors - and it's been working.

''I mess around with it in the bullpens,'' Cortes said. ''Not too much, though.''

LONDON BRIDGE

When the Yankees play the rival Red Sox in London this weekend, fans on the other side of the pond will get a firsthand look at new-age baseball: New York, which is 7-0 when starting an opener, plans to do it again in the series finale Sunday.

''It's working right now,'' said Green, giving credit to Cortes and David Hale for their effective relief outings behind him. ''Definitely looking forward to it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: CF Teoscar Hernandez returned to the lineup after missing two starts with a sprained left wrist. He struck out all four times up. ... 1B-DH Justin Smoak (strained left quadriceps) is expected back Friday at home against Kansas City.

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (left hip flexor strain) is scheduled to make a Triple-A rehab start Thursday. If all goes well, he'll likely rejoin the big league rotation next week. ... SS Didi Gregorius was rested against the lefty.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays RHP Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.25 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday afternoon against LHP James Paxton (5-3, 3.75), who pitched a no-hitter in Toronto for Seattle last year.

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  • W: N. Cortes (3-0)L: C. Richard (0-4)S: A. Chapman (23)
  • HR: NYY - E. Encarnacion (24), D. LeMahieu (11), A. Judge (6), G. Torres (19)
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L. Gurriel LF41200010.295.343.571.9142.5
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    A. Judge RF31211100.267.385.500.8858.0
    G. Sanchez C40100012.268.335.616.9510.5
    G. Stanton LF10100000.290.421.419.8401.0
    B. Gardner LF30000002.231.313.434.7480.0
    L. Voit 1B40100013.268.385.489.8750.5
    E. Encarnacion DH21111101.230.348.524.8728.0
    A. Hicks CF40100014.205.304.368.6710.5
    G. Torres SS31111000.285.350.548.8986.0
    G. Urshela 3B30000000.303.354.458.8120.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Biggio (4), D. Jansen (7)
      • SF - E. Sogard (3)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (23), V. Guerrero (22), R. Grichuk (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 2 (2), R. Grichuk, F. Galvis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. LeMahieu (2)
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (11), A. Judge (6), E. Encarnacion (24), G. Torres (19)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (52), A. Judge (13), E. Encarnacion (54), G. Torres (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (25), G. Torres (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Sanchez 2 (2), A. Hicks 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - A. Hicks
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Gurriel (6)
      • DP - (Guerrero-Tellez-Richard)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Sanchez (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 0-4)6.08331136.891.694.5
      D. Phelps1.01001103.601.801.5
      T. Mayza1.01110214.761.412.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 0-4)6.0
      D. Phelps1.0
      T. Mayza1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Green1.00000106.491.563.5
      N. Cortes (W, 3-0)4.14220504.101.2215.5
      T. Kahnle (H, 15)0.21000202.901.000.0
      S. Tarpley (H, 1)1.00000107.361.643.5
      Z. Britton (H, 16)1.00000102.431.203.5
      A. Chapman (S, 23)1.02110201.450.978.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Green1.0
      N. Cortes (W, 3-0)4.1
      T. Kahnle (H, 15)0.2
      S. Tarpley (H, 1)1.0
      Z. Britton (H, 16)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 23)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Phelps
      • HBP - C. Richard (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 77-49, D. Phelps 19-12, T. Mayza 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 9-5, D. Phelps 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 25, D. Phelps 5, T. Mayza 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Cortes, A. Chapman (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Green 13-8, N. Cortes 82-53, T. Kahnle 12-9, S. Tarpley 13-8, Z. Britton 14-8, A. Chapman 25-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Green 1-1, N. Cortes 2-6, S. Tarpley 2-0, Z. Britton 1-1, A. Chapman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Green 3, N. Cortes 17, T. Kahnle 3, S. Tarpley 3, Z. Britton 3, A. Chapman 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Sogard DH30010020.301.369.495.8640.0
      V. Guerrero 3B40110010.255.321.417.7371.5
      L. Gurriel LF41200010.295.343.571.9142.5
      C. Biggio 2B30100012.221.352.442.7941.5
      T. Hernandez CF40000045.205.278.368.646-2.0
      R. Tellez 1B40000033.226.283.457.739-1.5
      R. Grichuk RF40110001.228.284.416.6992.0
      F. Galvis SS41100002.264.303.441.7442.0
      D. Jansen C31100000.170.254.244.4983.0
      C. Richard P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        D. LeMahieu 2B41211010.333.382.512.8938.5
        A. Judge RF31211100.267.385.500.8858.0
        G. Sanchez C40100012.268.335.616.9510.5
        G. Stanton LF10100000.290.421.419.8401.0
        B. Gardner LF30000002.231.313.434.7480.0
        L. Voit 1B40100013.268.385.489.8750.5
        E. Encarnacion DH21111101.230.348.524.8728.0
        A. Hicks CF40100014.205.304.368.6710.5
        G. Torres SS31111000.285.350.548.8986.0
        G. Urshela 3B30000000.303.354.458.8120.0
        C. Green P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        N. Cortes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Biggio (4), D. Jansen (7)
          • SF - E. Sogard (3)
          • RBI - E. Sogard (23), V. Guerrero (22), R. Grichuk (32)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 2 (2), R. Grichuk, F. Galvis 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 3B - D. LeMahieu (2)
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (11), A. Judge (6), E. Encarnacion (24), G. Torres (19)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu (52), A. Judge (13), E. Encarnacion (54), G. Torres (46)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (25), G. Torres (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Sanchez 2 (2), A. Hicks 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - A. Hicks
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Gurriel (6)
          • DP - (Guerrero-Tellez-Richard)
          FIELDING
          • E - G. Sanchez (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Richard (L, 0-4)6.08331136.891.694.5
          D. Phelps1.01001103.601.801.5
          T. Mayza1.01110214.761.412.0
          Total8.01044244---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Richard (L, 0-4)6.0
          D. Phelps1.0
          T. Mayza1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Green1.00000106.491.563.5
          N. Cortes (W, 3-0)4.14220504.101.2215.5
          T. Kahnle (H, 15)0.21000202.901.000.0
          S. Tarpley (H, 1)1.00000107.361.643.5
          Z. Britton (H, 16)1.00000102.431.203.5
          A. Chapman (S, 23)1.02110201.450.978.0
          Total9.07330120---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Green1.0
          N. Cortes (W, 3-0)4.1
          T. Kahnle (H, 15)0.2
          S. Tarpley (H, 1)1.0
          Z. Britton (H, 16)1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 23)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Phelps
          • HBP - C. Richard (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 77-49, D. Phelps 19-12, T. Mayza 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 9-5, D. Phelps 2-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Richard 25, D. Phelps 5, T. Mayza 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - N. Cortes, A. Chapman (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Green 13-8, N. Cortes 82-53, T. Kahnle 12-9, S. Tarpley 13-8, Z. Britton 14-8, A. Chapman 25-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Green 1-1, N. Cortes 2-6, S. Tarpley 2-0, Z. Britton 1-1, A. Chapman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Green 3, N. Cortes 17, T. Kahnle 3, S. Tarpley 3, Z. Britton 3, A. Chapman 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Grichuk singled to center, Gurriel scored, Biggio to second34
          • 8TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to right24
          • 6TH INNING
            Guerrero singled to right center, Jansen scored23
            Sogard hit sacrifice fly to left, Galvis scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Torres homered to right03
          • 1ST INNING
            Judge homered to right center02
            LeMahieu homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Gurriel to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Biggio reached on catcher's interference
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Grichuk singled to center, Gurriel scored, Biggio to second
            • F. Galvis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zack Britton relieved Stephen Tarpley
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jansen flied out to center
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved David Phelps
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner lined out to first
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion homered to right
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Stephen Tarpley relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David Phelps relieved Clayton Richard
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Torres grounded out to second
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu tripled to deep center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge intentionally walked
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • N. Cortes Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Galvis singled to deep right
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Jansen doubled to deep left, Galvis to third
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard hit sacrifice fly to left, Galvis scored
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Ball, Foul, Guerrero singled to right center, Jansen scored
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Nestor Cortes
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left, Guerrero to second
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to center
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez singled to left, Judge to third
            • B. Gardner: Gardner grounded out to first
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Voit flied out to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Sanchez to second
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • N. Cortes Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Foul, Ball, Biggio doubled to deep right
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tellez lined out to center
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Biggio to third on wild pitch, Grichuk flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Urshela grounded out to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Brett Gardner in left field
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Guerrero grounded out to third
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Voit: Ball, Voit singled to left center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep center, Voit to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to left, Voit out at home
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • N. Cortes Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk popped out to second
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis flied out to deep left
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Jansen popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
            • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to third
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Nestor Cortes relieved Chad Green
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Biggio grounded out to first
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion hit by pitch
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to second, Encarnacion out at second
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Hicks out at first, Torres homered to right
            • G. Urshela: Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Sogard popped out to shortstop
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu homered to left
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Judge homered to right center
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez fouled out to catcher
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton singled to left center
            • L. Voit: Voit grounded into double play third to first to pitcher, Stanton out at third
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)