Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius went up a few weight classes to restrain CC Sabathia, then climbed up the ladder for a slump-busting grand slam.

In between, Aaron Judge delivered perhaps his most memorable moment during an injury-shortened season.

Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, Gregorius followed with his slam and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 Tuesday night after another surly clash between Sabathia and the Rays.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 28th homer and third in two games, DJ LeMahieu also went deep, and New York stretched its AL East lead over Tampa Bay to six games.

A pitch after slicing a would-be homer foul by about two feet, Judge smashed a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Colin Poche (2-3) into the right-center field seats to make it 4-3.

''Tried to get ready a little sooner'' after the foul ball, Judge said. ''He's got a good fastball that a lot of guys were fouling off, throwing up in the zone. Just tried to find one down in the zone I could grab.''

Gregorius took a curtain call after hitting a slam later in the inning that ended a 1-for-23 skid. He crushed a fastball that was 4.02 feet off the ground, the highest pitch hit for a homer in the majors this season, per Statcast. It was Gregorius' fifth homer since returning last month from Tommy John surgery.

''Finally was able to come through,'' he said. ''Especially against a lefty, that makes it even better.''

Yandy Diaz hit a solo homer and an RBI double, and All-Star Austin Meadows delivered his 14th homer for the Rays.

Benches cleared during the sixth inning amid a shouting match between Sabathia and Avisail Garcia. After Sabathia struck out Garcia looking to strand two runners, the 38-year-old barked and pointed at Garcia. Sabathia was held back by Gregorius and never got close to Garcia while both benches and bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown.

Sabathia said he wasn't shouting at Garcia initially, and Garcia still wasn't sure what had happened after the game.

''Honestly, I think just a misunderstanding,'' Sabathia said. ''I wasn't talking to him. He looked up at me and said something, and it was on.

''I was just yelling out, kind of pumping myself up. He might have took offense to it. It is what it is. I'm never going to back down.''

Sabathia didn't realize Gregorius - listed at 205 pounds compared to Sabathia's 300 - was the one who corralled him back into the dugout.

''It felt like holding a bear,'' Gregorius said.

Sabathia was ejected for plunking the Rays' Jesus Sucre during his last regular-season start in 2018 and has had a few salty run-ins with Tampa Bay this season, including when he threw at Meadows three times and shouted insults during a game in May.

Sabathia allowed three runs in six innings and struck out six. He has a 2.63 ERA in eight starts against the Rays over the past two seasons.

Left fielder Brett Gardner robbed Garcia of a likely homer with a leaping grab against the wall in the fourth inning. Garcia threw down his helmet in frustration.

David Hale (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for New York, starting with an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh against Travis d'Arnaud.

D'Arnaud led off for Tampa Bay and played first base a night after hitting three homers, including a go-ahead shot in the ninth inning. D'Arnaud was 0 for 4 Tuesday.

Jalen Beeks followed opener Ryne Stanek and pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball for Tampa Bay. He struck out four straight and five overall after being called up from Triple-A Durham.

''We played a really good game,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''We came up short a little bit. I know the game got separated with Didi's grand slam, but we competed really, really well.''

BAD SPOT

Poche said his fastball command was off and he mostly regretted walking Gleyber Torres to start the inning.

''With that lineup, you're going to give up home runs,'' he said. ''And you really just want to keep guys off base.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Guillermo Heredia was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make space for Beeks. Cash said optioning Heredia was the ''toughest send-down we've had all season,'' but the club needed a fresh arm. ... All-Star 2B Brandon Lowe (bruised shin) is running and receiving treatment in Tampa Bay but hasn't resumed baseball activities after being injured over the weekend. Cash is unsure if Lowe will be ready to play this weekend.

Yankees: 3B Gio Urshela was out of the starting lineup to rest. Urshela pinch ran for Luke Voit in the eighth. ... OF Cameron Maybin (left calf) is hitting in a cage and doing agility drills. He's nearing a minor league rehab assignment, but a date hasn't been determined yet.

UP NEXT

Rays RHP Yonny Chirinos (8-4, 3.11) will face Yankees RHP Domingo German (11-2, 3.40) in the third game of the four-game set. Chirinos had a career-high eight strikeouts in his previous outing against Baltimore and has made seven straight quality starts. German is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts since returning from the injured list.

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  • W: D. Hale (3-0)L: C. Poche (2-3)
  • HR: TB - A. Meadows (14), Y. Diaz (13), NYY - E. Encarnacion (28), D. LeMahieu (13), D. Gregorius (5), A. Judge (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham DH40000040.278.375.464.839-2.0
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A. Garcia RF40100011.280.335.443.7780.5
A. Meadows LF41111031.291.367.519.8864.5
W. Adames SS40300000.245.303.393.6965.0
K. Kiermaier CF30000113.252.299.434.7330.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 3B-1B41111011.331.376.510.8865.5
    A. Judge RF31221110.304.424.548.9728.5
    L. Voit 1B40100022.275.387.492.8790.0
    G. Urshela PR-3B01000000.301.350.470.8201.0
    G. Sanchez C41100031.240.311.542.8531.5
    E. Encarnacion DH32211100.225.334.519.8539.0
    D. Gregorius SS31141101.255.282.415.69710.0
    A. Hicks CF40000002.236.328.436.7640.0
    G. Torres 2B21000111.290.360.521.8811.5
    B. Gardner LF30000021.248.327.469.796-1.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz (20), W. Adames 2 (16)
      • HR - Y. Diaz (13), A. Meadows (14)
      • RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (36), A. Meadows (44)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (13), A. Meadows (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, M. Zunino 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Sanchez (9)
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (13), A. Judge (10), E. Encarnacion (28), D. Gregorius (5)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (65), A. Judge 2 (23), E. Encarnacion (63), D. Gregorius 4 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge 2 (9), D. Gregorius 4 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Sanchez, A. Hicks
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Adames-Diaz-Brosseau-d'Arnaud; Adames-Brosseau-d'Arnaud)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Voit)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.01111313.191.124.5
      J. Beeks3.12111512.781.277.5
      H. Wood (H, 1)1.01000102.161.162.5
      C. Poche (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)1.24662126.630.95-13.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek2.0
      J. Beeks3.1
      H. Wood (H, 1)1.0
      C. Poche (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia6.05330624.061.3016.0
      N. Cortes0.11002104.501.24-2.5
      D. Hale (W, 3-0)2.02000302.451.1312.5
      Z. Britton0.20000202.311.261.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia6.0
      N. Cortes0.1
      D. Hale (W, 3-0)2.0
      Z. Britton0.2
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Poche
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 37-20, J. Beeks 44-29, H. Wood 12-9, C. Poche 36-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 2-2, H. Wood 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 8, J. Beeks 12, H. Wood 3, C. Poche 11
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 79-50, N. Cortes 20-10, D. Hale 25-21, Z. Britton 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-6, D. Hale 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, N. Cortes 4, D. Hale 7, Z. Britton 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Pham DH40000040.278.375.464.839-2.0
      M. Brosseau 2B41100000.348.375.6961.0712.0
      Y. Diaz 3B41221020.280.351.496.8488.0
      A. Garcia RF40100011.280.335.443.7780.5
      A. Meadows LF41111031.291.367.519.8864.5
      W. Adames SS40300000.245.303.393.6965.0
      K. Kiermaier CF30000113.252.299.434.7330.5
      M. Zunino C30000113.179.234.330.5640.5
      R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Beeks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 3B-1B41111011.331.376.510.8865.5
        A. Judge RF31221110.304.424.548.9728.5
        L. Voit 1B40100022.275.387.492.8790.0
        G. Urshela PR-3B01000000.301.350.470.8201.0
        G. Sanchez C41100031.240.311.542.8531.5
        E. Encarnacion DH32211100.225.334.519.8539.0
        D. Gregorius SS31141101.255.282.415.69710.0
        A. Hicks CF40000002.236.328.436.7640.0
        G. Torres 2B21000111.290.360.521.8811.5
        B. Gardner LF30000021.248.327.469.796-1.0
        C. Sabathia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        D. Hale P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Diaz (20), W. Adames 2 (16)
          • HR - Y. Diaz (13), A. Meadows (14)
          • RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (36), A. Meadows (44)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Diaz 2 (13), A. Meadows (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, M. Zunino 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Sanchez (9)
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (13), A. Judge (10), E. Encarnacion (28), D. Gregorius (5)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu (65), A. Judge 2 (23), E. Encarnacion (63), D. Gregorius 4 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge 2 (9), D. Gregorius 4 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Sanchez, A. Hicks
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Adames-Diaz-Brosseau-d'Arnaud; Adames-Brosseau-d'Arnaud)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Voit)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek2.01111313.191.124.5
          J. Beeks3.12111512.781.277.5
          H. Wood (H, 1)1.01000102.161.162.5
          C. Poche (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)1.24662126.630.95-13.5
          Total8.08884104---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek2.0
          J. Beeks3.1
          H. Wood (H, 1)1.0
          C. Poche (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia6.05330624.061.3016.0
          N. Cortes0.11002104.501.24-2.5
          D. Hale (W, 3-0)2.02000302.451.1312.5
          Z. Britton0.20000202.311.261.0
          Total9.08332122---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia6.0
          N. Cortes0.1
          D. Hale (W, 3-0)2.0
          Z. Britton0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - C. Poche
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 37-20, J. Beeks 44-29, H. Wood 12-9, C. Poche 36-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 2-2, H. Wood 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 8, J. Beeks 12, H. Wood 3, C. Poche 11
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 79-50, N. Cortes 20-10, D. Hale 25-21, Z. Britton 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-6, D. Hale 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, N. Cortes 4, D. Hale 7, Z. Britton 2
          • 8TH INNING
            Gregorius homered to right center, Urshela, Sanchez and Encarnacion scored38
            Judge homered to right, Torres scored34
          • 6TH INNING
            LeMahieu homered to right32
            Diaz doubled to left center, Brosseau scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Diaz homered to left21
          • 2ND INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left center11
            Meadows homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Hale Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia singled to shallow center
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Adames singled to center, Garcia to second
            • Zack Britton relieved David Hale
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Hale Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Foul, Strike looking, Brosseau lined out to right
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Poche Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Judge homered to right, Torres scored
            • L. Voit: Voit singled to left
            • Gio Urshela ran for Luke Voit
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Sanchez doubled to left, Urshela to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion intentionally walked
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gregorius homered to right center, Urshela, Sanchez and Encarnacion scored
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 8th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nestor Cortes relieved CC Sabathia
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames doubled to deep left
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked, Adames to third, Kiermaier to second
            • David Hale relieved Nestor Cortes
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Zunino out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Wood Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to center
            • Colin Poche relieved Hunter Wood
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • M. Brosseau: Foul, Brosseau reached on an infield single to third
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to left center, Brosseau scored
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu homered to right
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Judge singled to right
            • L. Voit: Pickoff attempt
            • Voit grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Judge out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Adames doubled to deep left
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second, Adames to third
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks grounded out to pitcher, Gregorius to second
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded into fielder's choice to second, Gregorius out at third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brosseau flied out to deep left
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz homered to left
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Zunino popped out to shortstop
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, d'Arnaud lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Ryne Stanek
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Meadows homered to center
            • W. Adames: Adames flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left center
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks popped out to third
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Brosseau grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to right
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)