NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Judge became the second fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Saturday.
“Excited to get that one out of the way,” said the judge. “Me and[Aaron Hicks]were like racing — he’s about to reach 100 and I was trying to reach 200, so we had a little race going.”
The 6-foot-7 slugger’s 200th homer came in his 671st career game, just behind Ryan Howard of Philadelphia, who achieved the feat in 658 games in 2009.
The judges, who gave their first home run ball to their parents, were able to get their 200th score from a “good family” without much conversation. He believes it will also go to his parents.
DJ LeMahieu hit home and had an RBI single, and Matt Carpenter made it home for New York for the 15th time in 40 games, winning his third straight after dropping a pair of games to the New York Mets.
The American League-led Yankees have seven straight wins against the Royals and 10 of their last 11.
Whit Merrifield had a third inning double for his 1,000th career hit and Salvador Perez had a sacrificial fly for the Royals, who have lost five straight.
A day after becoming the first player to score 40 home runs this season, Judge fouled two breaking balls from starter Jonathan Hesley before sending a 2-2 fastball into right-center field seats for a two-run drive in the second innings . It was one of his two hits, and that too ran twice.
“He smoked it,” said New York manager Aaron Boone. “I told him that if I hit the same ball the right fielder would be moving.”
“I feel like the big numbers, it’s always hard to get ahead of them,” the judge said. “To get it out of the way, plus a win, is so sweet.”
Judge has 42 homers this season and is on pace for 67. He is tied with Sammy Sosa and behind Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire as the most tied in MLB history before August 2. Bond set a season record in 2001 with 73 homers.
A free agent at the end of the season, Judge has nine homers and 21 RBIs in 10 games since his All-Star break with a .436 batting average. After hitting just one homer in his first 13 games, Judge has connected for 36 in his last 79 games and is on pace to surpass Roger Maris’ club record of 61, set in 1961.
“I can’t imagine someone more equipped to do something like this,” Boone said of the judge. “I know, at the core of that, what he’s about and that’s the team and we’re winning and nothing will get in his way.”
Yankees All-Star Nestor Cortes (9-3) conceded two runs in five innings. He scored five and scored two and turned in a nifty fielding game in the second, catching Hunter Dossier in third after slipping to the ground while fielding MJ Melendez’s grounder. The beginning of July 5th is the 2.60 epoch of Cortes.
“There was little traffic throughout the game that he was able to navigate, but overall, I thought he threw the ball well,” Boone said.
Hesley (1-6), who was reinstated from the injured list before the game after missing 17 games with tendonitis of the right shoulder, scored six runs in 3 1/3 innings in his first start since 9 July. lamps.
The Yankees broke the game open in the fourth game, taking advantage of back-to-back Kansas City errors. Rookie Machel Garcia dropped Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s pop up and Merrifield allowed Kiner-Falefa to move up to third on a Nikki Lopez throw on Jose Trevino’s grounder. LeMahieu sang in the center to chase Hesley, and Andrew Benintendi made a sacrifice against reliever Wyatt Mills. LeMahieu finished with three hits.
“You make mistakes against good teams, they’re going to pay you,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “They paid us.”
Aroldis Chapman bowled a no-scoring innings and Clarke Schmidt worked in the last three to save his career.
Garcia singled out for his first career RBI to drive into Kansas City’s second run.
Prior to the game, New York held its annual Old-Timers Day celebration for the first time since 2019, although the traditional playful exhibition game was not held.
Royals: RHP Jack Greinke, originally scheduled to pitch on Saturday, was given an extra day’s rest and will now pitch on Sunday. … SS Bobby Witt Jr. returned to the lineup after missing five games with right hamstring pain. … RHP Jackson Kovar was selected to replace Hesley at Triple-A Omaha. … Perez (left thumb) started behind the plate for the first time since June 21 after surgery to repair a torn ligament.
Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton (left Achilles tendonitis) has yet to resume baseball activities. … 1b Anthony Rizzo (rest) was given a day off.
Greinke (3-6, 3.44 ERA) takes on the mound for Kansas City in the series finale. A potential trade candidate, Greinke has not won six debuts (seven appearances) at Yankee Stadium, with a 0–3 record with a 9.22 ERA. He would be opposed by LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-3, 3.50 ERA).
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