Smash hit! Judge, Gardner power Yankees past Blue Jays 11-5

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi recently compared Aaron Judge to Derek Jeter , noting their similar demeanor on and off the field.

In the batter's box, Babe Ruth might be more like it.

Judge hit two more home runs after destroying a flat-screen television with a long drive during batting practice, and Brett Gardner also went deep twice to power the New York Yankees past the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Tuesday night.

''It's been extremely impressive,'' Girardi said about Judge's all-around game. ''He's just been a complete player.''

Injury substitute Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer , and Masahiro Tanaka (4-1) pitched into the seventh inning to win his fourth straight start.

Matt Holliday had three hits, including an early RBI double, as the Yankees jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Mat Latos and won for the 15th time in 20 games.

Before the game, Judge showed off his prodigious power with a shot to center field that smashed a TV in one of Yankee Stadium's new social gathering terraces beyond the bullpens and Monument Park in center field.

''They were wearing me out about that,'' Judge said. ''They said they were going to take it out of my check.''

Steve Pearce went 4 for 4 with his first two homers for the Blue Jays, who had won a season-best three in a row. Latos (0-1) was ineffective in his third start with Toronto, allowing four homers and 10 hits in four innings.

Judge, the 6-foot-7 mountain of a rookie, took over the major league lead with his 12th home run , a three-run shot to left field on the 10th pitch of his at-bat in the seventh.

''He's a big, strong boy,'' Pearce said. ''He's a top-stepper. When he comes up to the plate you almost have to stop what you're doing to watch.''

Last season, Judge batted .179 in the big leagues and struck out in half of his 84 at-bats.

''I thought he had some holes last year,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He's had an amazing start to the season.''

Judge went the other way for a solo shot in the third, clearing the 314-foot sign in the right-field corner by a few rows with a pop fly that left a smiling Latos shaking his head and almost laughing behind the mound.

Estimated at 337 feet, the home run was the shortest of Judge's big league career. He came in averaging 413 feet on his long balls this year, according to Major League Baseball's Statcast system.

It was the second time in five games that Judge connected twice. He also drew two walks and has five homers in his last five games.

''Everybody's on notice,'' Gardner said. ''They know what he's capable of doing.''

And when the slugger made a fine catch in right field, some in the Bronx crowd chanted ''MVP! MVP!''

''It's great. Fans are excited. We've got a big lead and they're going a little crazy out there,'' Judge said.

WHOOPS!

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances entered in the seventh and the ball slipped right out of his hand on his first pitch for a balk that gave Toronto a run.

''Just kind of a weird situation. It's never happened to me in a game,'' he said. ''Thank God it wasn't a one-run ballgame.''

The ball dropped onto the grass just in front of the mound before trickling slowly toward home plate.

''Guy throwing 100 (mph) and it rolls 6 feet,'' Girardi quipped.

START ME UP

Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored three times. He has four home runs this season - a pair of two-homer performances in the past four games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (elbow inflammation) has been throwing on flat ground in Florida but has not yet been scheduled for a rehab outing, a team spokesman said.

Yankees: C Austin Romine was removed before the seventh with cramping in his right groin. He grimaced while running from second to third on Chase Headley's RBI single in the sixth, but Girardi said he didn't expect Romine's status to change the team's plans for rehabbing catcher Gary Sanchez. ''We think Romine was just more dehydrated than anything. He was tested after the game. The strength was there,'' Girardi said. ''Obviously, we'll know a lot more tomorrow.'' ... Sanchez (strained right biceps) went 2 for 4 with a home run, an RBI double and two strikeouts in his first Triple-A rehab game. He could be activated from the disabled list for this weekend's series at the Chicago Cubs. ... Hicks played center field instead of Jacoby Ellsbury, diagnosed with a bruised nerve in his left elbow. ... Slumping 1B Greg Bird was put on the 10-day DL with a bruised right ankle.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 2.97 ERA) pitches the rubber game of the series Wednesday night. Stroman, who grew up nearby on Long Island, is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees.

Yankees: CC Sabathia (2-1, 4.34) gave up seven earned runs last Friday against Baltimore, doubling his total from his first four starts this season. The 36-year-old lefty is 15-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games against Toronto.

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Blue JaysTOR9-18
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YankeesNYY16-9
14110130X11161
  • W: M. Tanaka (4-1)L: M. Latos (0-1)
  • HR: TOR - S. Pearce 2 (2), NYY - B. Gardner 2 (4), A. Hicks (5), A. Judge 2 (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF50200001.304.345.500.8452.0
J. Bautista RF40100111.194.325.296.6212.5
R. Martin C30000122.209.361.373.7350.0
L. Maile C10000000.000.222.000.2220.0
K. Morales DH50000015.224.278.364.643-0.5
J. Smoak 1B41100011.271.300.482.7821.5
S. Pearce LF42422000.224.262.345.60715.0
R. Goins SS40010012.192.246.365.6110.5
D. Travis 2B42200011.165.220.247.4674.5
C. Coghlan 3B30110001.257.325.371.6962.0
a- D. Barney 3B10000001.286.327.306.6330.0
  • a-lined out for Coghlan in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF53332014.232.330.427.75715.5
C. Headley 3B50210022.307.402.489.8912.0
M. Holliday DH40310002.274.400.507.9076.0
a- R. Refsnyder DH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B51200014.360.402.550.9523.5
D. Gregorius SS41000123.304.333.391.7251.0
A. Judge RF33242210.313.424.7951.21916.5
A. Hicks CF51221012.300.419.6401.0597.5
C. Carter 1B32100111.220.267.366.6333.5
A. Romine C30100011.316.349.456.8050.5
K. Higashioka C10000001.000.063.000.0630.0
  • a-flied out for Holliday in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Pillar (8), J. Bautista (4), S. Pearce, D. Travis (4)
  • HR - S. Pearce 2 (2)
  • RBI - S. Pearce 2 (3), R. Goins (9), C. Coghlan (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Coghlan (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Gardner (4), M. Holliday 2 (5), S. Castro (4)
  • HR - B. Gardner 2 (4), A. Judge 2 (12), A. Hicks (5)
  • RBI - B. Gardner 3 (7), C. Headley (9), M. Holliday (15), A. Judge 4 (25), A. Hicks 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Pillar (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - M. Latos, R. Goins, J. Smoak, R. Martin, D. Travis
  • E - S. Pearce
FIELDING
  • E - C. Headley (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Latos (L, 0-1)4.010771546.602.75-8.5
D. Leone2.02111304.731.503.5
J. Grilli0.023310110.380.00-6.0
A. Loup2.02001200.841.504.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Latos (L, 0-1)4.0
D. Leone2.0
J. Grilli0.0
A. Loup2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka (W, 4-1)6.18440424.461.2615.0
T. Clippard0.11001001.806.00-2.0
D. Betances (H, 5)0.10001101.083.00-0.5
T. Layne1.02110106.002.000.5
J. Holder1.00000103.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka (W, 4-1)6.1
T. Clippard0.1
D. Betances (H, 5)0.1
T. Layne1.0
J. Holder1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Leone (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Latos 84-55, D. Leone 38-26, J. Grilli 19-12, A. Loup 35-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Latos 4-2, D. Leone 1-1, A. Loup 1-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Latos 22, D. Leone 8, J. Grilli 3, A. Loup 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 91-62, T. Clippard 13-7, D. Betances 8-4, T. Layne 17-11, J. Holder 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-6, T. Layne 1-1, J. Holder 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, T. Clippard 3, D. Betances 2, T. Layne 5, J. Holder 4
  • Balks - D. Betances
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Blue JaysTOR9-18
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YankeesNYY16-9
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF50200001.304.345.500.8452.0
J. Bautista RF40100111.194.325.296.6212.5
R. Martin C30000122.209.361.373.7350.0
L. Maile C10000000.000.222.000.2220.0
K. Morales DH50000015.224.278.364.643-0.5
J. Smoak 1B41100011.271.300.482.7821.5
S. Pearce LF42422000.224.262.345.60715.0
R. Goins SS40010012.192.246.365.6110.5
D. Travis 2B42200011.165.220.247.4674.5
C. Coghlan 3B30110001.257.325.371.6962.0
a- D. Barney 3B10000001.286.327.306.6330.0
Total38511422715-----
  • a-lined out for Coghlan in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF53332014.232.330.427.75715.5
C. Headley 3B50210022.307.402.489.8912.0
M. Holliday DH40310002.274.400.507.9076.0
a- R. Refsnyder DH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B51200014.360.402.550.9523.5
D. Gregorius SS41000123.304.333.391.7251.0
A. Judge RF33242210.313.424.7951.21916.5
A. Hicks CF51221012.300.419.6401.0597.5
C. Carter 1B32100111.220.267.366.6333.5
A. Romine C30100011.316.349.456.8050.5
K. Higashioka C10000001.000.063.000.0630.0
Total39111611541020-----
  • a-flied out for Holliday in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Pillar (8), J. Bautista (4), S. Pearce, D. Travis (4)
  • HR - S. Pearce 2 (2)
  • RBI - S. Pearce 2 (3), R. Goins (9), C. Coghlan (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Coghlan (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Gardner (4), M. Holliday 2 (5), S. Castro (4)
  • HR - B. Gardner 2 (4), A. Judge 2 (12), A. Hicks (5)
  • RBI - B. Gardner 3 (7), C. Headley (9), M. Holliday (15), A. Judge 4 (25), A. Hicks 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Pillar (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - M. Latos, R. Goins, J. Smoak, R. Martin, D. Travis
  • E - S. Pearce
FIELDING
  • E - C. Headley (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Latos (L, 0-1)4.010771546.602.75-8.5
D. Leone2.02111304.731.503.5
J. Grilli0.023310110.380.00-6.0
A. Loup2.02001200.841.504.0
Total8.01611114105---
PITCHERSIP
M. Latos (L, 0-1)4.0
D. Leone2.0
J. Grilli0.0
A. Loup2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka (W, 4-1)6.18440424.461.2615.0
T. Clippard0.11001001.806.00-2.0
D. Betances (H, 5)0.10001101.083.00-0.5
T. Layne1.02110106.002.000.5
J. Holder1.00000103.000.003.5
Total9.01155272---
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka (W, 4-1)6.1
T. Clippard0.1
D. Betances (H, 5)0.1
T. Layne1.0
J. Holder1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Leone (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Latos 84-55, D. Leone 38-26, J. Grilli 19-12, A. Loup 35-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Latos 4-2, D. Leone 1-1, A. Loup 1-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Latos 22, D. Leone 8, J. Grilli 3, A. Loup 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 91-62, T. Clippard 13-7, D. Betances 8-4, T. Layne 17-11, J. Holder 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-6, T. Layne 1-1, J. Holder 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 26, T. Clippard 3, D. Betances 2, T. Layne 5, J. Holder 4
  • Balks - D. Betances
  • 8TH INNING
    Goins grounded out to second, Smoak scored, Pearce to third511
  • 7TH INNING
    Judge homered to left, Castro and Gregorius scored411
    Travis scored, Pillar to third, Bautista to second on balk48
    Pearce homered to left38
  • 6TH INNING
    Headley singled to center, Carter scored, Romine to third28
  • 5TH INNING
    Coghlan singled to center, Travis scored27
    Pearce homered to left17
  • 4TH INNING
    Gardner homered to right center07
  • 3RD INNING
    Judge homered to right06
  • 2ND INNING
    Gardner homered to right, Carter scored05
    Hicks homered to right, Judge scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Gregorius grounded out to first, Headley scored01
    Holliday doubled to deep left, Gardner scored, Headley to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Holder Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to deep left
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maile safe at first on 3rd baseman Headley fielding error
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morales lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Layne Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to right
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce doubled to deep left, Smoak to third
    • R. Goins: Foul, Goins grounded out to second, Smoak scored, Pearce to third
    • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
    • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Ball, Coghlan lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Loup Pitching:
    • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Refsnyder flied out to right
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left center
    • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gregorius struck out looking
    • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked, Castro to second
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks fouled out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Pearce homered to left
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to catcher
    • D. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Travis singled to left
    • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Coghlan fouled out to first
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar singled to left, Travis to second
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Travis to third, Pillar to second
    • R. Martin: Ball, Travis scored, Pillar to third, Bautista to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
    • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morales struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Grilli Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro doubled to deep left
    • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gregorius walked
    • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Judge homered to left, Castro and Gregorius scored
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Carter: Strike looking, Carter flied out to left
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Higashioka safe at first on left fielder Pearce fielding error, Hicks to second
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to third, Hicks out at third, Higashioka to second
    • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Bautista doubled to left center
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • K. Morales: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop, Bautista to third
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Leone Pitching:
    • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carter walked
    • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine singled to right, Carter to second
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
    • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Ball, Carter to third, Romine to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Headley singled to center, Carter scored, Romine to third
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Holliday grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Headley out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to third
    • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pearce homered to left
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Travis doubled to deep right center
    • C. Coghlan: Coghlan singled to center, Travis scored
    • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Leone Pitching:
    • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to deep left
    • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
    • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista lined out to right
    • R. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Latos Pitching:
    • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine grounded out to third
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gardner homered to right center
    • C. Headley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Headley grounded out to first
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Holliday reached on an infield single to third
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Travis lined out to third
    • C. Coghlan: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Coghlan grounded out to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Latos Pitching:
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
    • A. Judge: Judge homered to right
    • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to left
    • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Morales popped out to third
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pearce singled to center
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goins grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Latos Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks homered to right, Judge scored
    • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Carter singled to left
    • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner homered to right, Carter scored
    • C. Headley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
    • M. Holliday: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holliday doubled to deep right
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Pillar doubled to deep left
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista flied out to center
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • K. Morales: Foul, Pillar caught stealing, pitcher to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Latos Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner doubled to right
    • C. Headley: Ball, Headley reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gardner to third
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Holliday doubled to deep left, Gardner scored, Headley to third
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro lined out to right
    • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to first, Headley scored
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)