Judge's 13th homer helps Yanks rally past Blue Jays 8-6

NEW YORK (AP) Surrounded at his locker after another eye-turning performance, Aaron Judge thought for a few seconds when asked if he had ever been this hot at the plate.

''Maybe Tee-ball,'' he said, widening his smile.

The 6-foot-7 rookie sensation hit another long drive for his major league-leading 13th home run , singled to start the go-ahead rally and had the first three-hit game of his big league career, helping the New York Yankees rally from a four-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Wednesday night.

''Judge has been out of this world,'' Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said, with only a bit of hyperbole.

Matt Holliday hit his 300th home run , a three-run shot in the first, and Brett Gardner helped spark his teammates by destroying a blue recycling bin in the dugout with four mighty cuts of his bat after he was called out on strikes by Bill Welke in the sixth.

''They'll probably fine me 15 or 20 bucks, and we'll get a new one the next home stand,'' Gardner said. ''It felt good. It was a plastic trash can, so I was able to handle it pretty well. Better that than the cement wall.''

Capping a 4-2 home stand that left the Yankees atop the AL East at 17-9, pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh with a comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play but instead bounced off the glove of reliever Joe Biagini (0-1) for an infield single.

Steve Pearce's third homer in two days , a three-run shot, helped Toronto take a 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia after 16 pitches. The Blue Jays led 6-3 before Judge's two-run homer in the third, a 435-foot drive into the netting above Monument Park behind the center-field wall.

Selected the AL Rookie of the Month for April, Judge raised his average to .330 and has six homers in his last six games. He also has hit the second-most home runs through 26 games in Yankees history, one behind Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

New York is 11-0 when Judge homers. The right fielder, who turned 25 last week, tries to deflect attention toward his teammates.

''The good thing about him is you can tell from his demeanor and his attitude that he wants to improve, he wants to be better and he handles himself the right way, not only on the field but off the field,'' former Yankees captain Derek Jeter said in a video interview on the team's website. ''So I'm a fan of his.''

Those remarks touched Judge.

''It's incredible, especially a guy I looked up to for years growing up, to hear him say that,'' he said. ''It's special. It's humbling.''

Judge sparked the seventh-inning burst with a one-out single on a 1-2 offspeed pitch from Biagini, who had struck out his first five batters. Judge took third on Headley's double and scored the tying run on Chris Carter's broken-bat single to short left over a drawn-in infield.

Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances (3-1) and Aroldis Chapman combined to retire Toronto's last 11 batters, and Chapman got three outs to remain perfect in six save chances.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman left after three innings because of tightness in his right armpit. He allowed five runs and six hits in his shortest start since the Chicago White Sox chased him after two outs on Aug. 15, 2014.

Unable to throw his cutter inside, Sabathia gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings. His ERA has risen from 2.25 to 5.45 in his last three outings.

Both teams were unhappy with Welke's wide strike zone, Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Holliday took called third strikes from Biagini in the sixth, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for arguing a called strike to Starlin Castro leading off the seventh.

''There were four pitches that I felt weren't strikes,'' said Girardi, who thought Welke's zone improved after his departure. ''I was more pleased with it.''

Gardner walked on a close 3-2 pitch from Joe Smith in the seventh, and Hicks followed with a walk on a 3-1 offering that forced in a run and gave the Yankees a two-run lead.

Gardner said teammates wouldn't speak with him after the game.

''They probably think I'm still angry and they're scared to say something,'' he explained with a grin.

Gardner has a seven-game hitting streak that includes four homers. His only disappointment was his lumber's demise.

''That bat's been good to me the last week or so,'' he said.

STILL SEARCHING

Rookie Kyle Higashioka took a called third strike from Biagini in the fifth, stranding the bases loaded, and went 0 for 3. He is hitless in 18 big league at-bats and likely will be sent to the minors later this week when starting catcher Gary Sanchez comes off the disabled list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined since Monday with a bruised nerve in his left elbow, will be evaluated Thursday so the Yankees can decide whether they need another position player for their weekend series at the Chicago Cubs. ... Sanchez, who hasn't played for the Yankees since April 8 because of a strained right biceps, went 1 for 4 in the second game of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and likely will be activated Friday. ... Austin Romine, the primary catcher in Sanchez's absence, did not play after leaving Tuesday's game because of a groin cramp.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (3-1) starts Friday's series opener at the Chicago Cubs.

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Blue JaysTOR9-19
420000000680
YankeesNYY17-9
30200030X8120
  • W: D. Betances (3-1)L: J. Biagini (0-1)S: A. Chapman (6)
  • HR: TOR - S. Pearce (3), NYY - M. Holliday (5), A. Judge (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF41100112.302.347.491.8382.5
J. Bautista RF41100122.196.328.294.6222.0
R. Martin C30010224.200.364.357.7212.0
K. Morales DH40110014.225.277.360.6381.5
J. Smoak 1B41110004.270.298.472.7703.0
S. Pearce LF31131122.230.277.393.6708.0
D. Travis 2B40000013.157.211.236.446-0.5
D. Barney O31200001.308.345.346.6924.0
a- C. Coghlan 3B10000000.250.317.361.6780.0
R. Goins SS31100020.200.250.364.6141.0
  • a-grounded out for Barney in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF31200210.247.354.435.7894.5
A. Hicks CF21010312.288.433.6151.0484.5
M. Holliday DH51131017.269.389.526.9157.5
S. Castro 2B51200020.362.402.543.9452.0
A. Judge RF52321011.330.433.8181.2518.5
C. Headley 3B41100111.304.402.489.8913.5
C. Carter 1B41210011.244.286.378.6633.5
R. Torreyes SS20000110.301.311.411.7220.5
a- D. Gregorius SS10110000.333.360.417.7772.0
K. Higashioka C30000125.000.100.000.1000.0
  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Barney (2)
  • HR - S. Pearce (3)
  • SH - R. Goins
  • RBI - R. Martin (6), K. Morales (15), J. Smoak (13), S. Pearce 3 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (4), S. Pearce 3 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Headley (8)
  • HR - M. Holliday (5), A. Judge (13)
  • RBI - A. Hicks (12), M. Holliday 3 (18), A. Judge 2 (27), C. Carter (7), D. Gregorius (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Judge
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, D. Travis
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Torreyes, C. Carter, S. Castro
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman3.06553223.893.00-4.0
R. Tepera1.22003005.283.00-2.0
J. Biagini (L, 0-1)1.24330503.382.40-6.5
J. Smith0.20002102.773.00-1.5
R. Osuna1.00000305.000.004.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman3.0
R. Tepera1.2
J. Biagini (L, 0-1)1.2
J. Smith0.2
R. Osuna1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia4.07664515.452.75-2.5
A. Warren1.00000100.630.003.5
T. Clippard1.21001201.541.202.0
D. Betances (W, 3-1)1.10000200.930.0011.0
A. Chapman (S, 6)1.00000100.870.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia4.0
A. Warren1.0
T. Clippard1.2
D. Betances (W, 3-1)1.1
A. Chapman (S, 6)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 66-36, R. Tepera 34-16, J. Biagini 41-26, J. Smith 19-9, R. Osuna 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 5-1, R. Tepera 1-3, J. Smith 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 17, R. Tepera 9, J. Biagini 9, J. Smith 4, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Warren (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 84-48, A. Warren 13-7, T. Clippard 27-15, D. Betances 15-8, A. Chapman 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 3-3, A. Warren 1-1, T. Clippard 2-1, D. Betances 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 22, A. Warren 3, T. Clippard 7, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Blue JaysTOR9-19
420000000680
YankeesNYY17-9
30200030X8120
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF41100112.302.347.491.8382.5
J. Bautista RF41100122.196.328.294.6222.0
R. Martin C30010224.200.364.357.7212.0
K. Morales DH40110014.225.277.360.6381.5
J. Smoak 1B41110004.270.298.472.7703.0
S. Pearce LF31131122.230.277.393.6708.0
D. Travis 2B40000013.157.211.236.446-0.5
D. Barney O31200001.308.345.346.6924.0
a- C. Coghlan 3B10000000.250.317.361.6780.0
R. Goins SS31100020.200.250.364.6141.0
Total33686151122-----
  • a-grounded out for Barney in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF31200210.247.354.435.7894.5
A. Hicks CF21010312.288.433.6151.0484.5
M. Holliday DH51131017.269.389.526.9157.5
S. Castro 2B51200020.362.402.543.9452.0
A. Judge RF52321011.330.433.8181.2518.5
C. Headley 3B41100111.304.402.489.8913.5
C. Carter 1B41210011.244.286.378.6633.5
R. Torreyes SS20000110.301.311.411.7220.5
a- D. Gregorius SS10110000.333.360.417.7772.0
K. Higashioka C30000125.000.100.000.1000.0
Total348128281117-----
  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Barney (2)
  • HR - S. Pearce (3)
  • SH - R. Goins
  • RBI - R. Martin (6), K. Morales (15), J. Smoak (13), S. Pearce 3 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (4), S. Pearce 3 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Headley (8)
  • HR - M. Holliday (5), A. Judge (13)
  • RBI - A. Hicks (12), M. Holliday 3 (18), A. Judge 2 (27), C. Carter (7), D. Gregorius (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hicks (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Judge
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, D. Travis
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Torreyes, C. Carter, S. Castro
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman3.06553223.893.00-4.0
R. Tepera1.22003005.283.00-2.0
J. Biagini (L, 0-1)1.24330503.382.40-6.5
J. Smith0.20002102.773.00-1.5
R. Osuna1.00000305.000.004.5
Total8.012888112---
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman3.0
R. Tepera1.2
J. Biagini (L, 0-1)1.2
J. Smith0.2
R. Osuna1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia4.07664515.452.75-2.5
A. Warren1.00000100.630.003.5
T. Clippard1.21001201.541.202.0
D. Betances (W, 3-1)1.10000200.930.0011.0
A. Chapman (S, 6)1.00000100.870.0010.5
Total9.08665111---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia4.0
A. Warren1.0
T. Clippard1.2
D. Betances (W, 3-1)1.1
A. Chapman (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 66-36, R. Tepera 34-16, J. Biagini 41-26, J. Smith 19-9, R. Osuna 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 5-1, R. Tepera 1-3, J. Smith 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 17, R. Tepera 9, J. Biagini 9, J. Smith 4, R. Osuna 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Warren (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 84-48, A. Warren 13-7, T. Clippard 27-15, D. Betances 15-8, A. Chapman 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 3-3, A. Warren 1-1, T. Clippard 2-1, D. Betances 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 22, A. Warren 3, T. Clippard 7, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Hicks walked, Carter scored, Gregorius to third, Gardner to second68
    Gregorius reached on an infield single to second, Headley scored, Carter to second67
    Carter singled to shallow left, Judge scored, Headley to third67
  • 3RD INNING
    Judge homered to center, Castro scored65
  • 2ND INNING
    Morales reached on fielder's choice to first, Goins scored, Bautista to third, Martin out at second63
    Martin walked, Barney scored, Goins to third, Bautista to second53
  • 1ST INNING
    Holliday homered to center, Gardner and Hicks scored43
    Pearce homered to left center, Bautista and Smoak scored40
    Smoak singled to center, Pillar scored, Bautista to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Chapman Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar fouled out to catcher
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Bautista flied out to right
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. Betances Pitching:
    • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Travis flied out to center
    • D. Barney: Ball
    • C. Coghlan: Coghlan grounded out to second
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Osuna Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
    • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Clippard Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak lined out to center
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Biagini Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Judge singled to left
    • C. Headley: Foul, Ball, Headley doubled to deep right, Judge to third
    • C. Carter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carter singled to shallow left, Judge scored, Headley to third
    • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius reached on an infield single to second, Headley scored, Carter to second
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked, Carter to third, Gregorius to second
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Carter scored, Gregorius to third, Gardner to second
    • M. Holliday: Foul, Holliday grounded into fielder's choice to third, Hicks out at second
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Clippard Pitching:
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Barney singled to left
    • R. Goins: Goins hit sacrifice bunt to third, Barney to second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pillar walked
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Biagini Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
    • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Holliday struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales singled to right, Martin to second
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to right
    • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
    • D. Travis: Ball, Martin to third, Morales to second on wild pitch, Travis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Tepera Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro singled to center
    • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to right
    • C. Headley: Ball, Headley flied out to left
    • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Carter singled to center, Castro to third
    • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torreyes walked, Carter to second
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Tepera Pitching:
    • K. Higashioka: Foul, Ball, Higashioka lined out to third
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Gardner to second
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Holliday grounded into double play third to second to first, Hicks out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
    • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Barney grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pearce out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro singled to center
    • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Judge homered to center, Castro scored
    • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley grounded out to third
    • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Carter flied out to center
    • R. Torreyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney doubled to left
    • R. Goins: Goins reached on bunt single to pitcher, Barney to third
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Pillar grounded out to pitcher, Goins to second
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • R. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin walked, Barney scored, Goins to third, Bautista to second
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morales reached on fielder's choice to first, Goins scored, Bautista to third, Martin out at second
    • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
    • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Higashioka walked
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to left, Higashioka to second
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to first, Higashioka to third, Gardner to second
    • M. Holliday: Holliday grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar singled to left
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista singled to left, Pillar to second
    • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • K. Morales: Morales flied out to right, Pillar to third
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to center, Pillar scored, Bautista to second
    • S. Pearce: Pearce homered to left center, Bautista and Smoak scored
    • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Travis lined out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner singled to left
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Gardner to second
    • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holliday homered to center, Gardner and Hicks scored
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to right center
    • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Judge caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Ball, Headley walked
    • C. Carter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)