MLB Roundup: Judge’s 13th homer helps Yankees rally past Blue Jays, 8-6

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge 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 an early deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Matt Holliday hit his 300th home run, a three-run shot in the first, and pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning with a comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play but instead bounced off the glove of reliever Joe Biagini 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 for the AL East leaders. He also has hit the second-most home runs through 26 games in Yankees history, one behind Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge sparked the seventh-inning burst with a one-out single against Biagini (0-1), who had struck out his first five batters. Judge took third on Chase 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 what appeared to be 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.

Last in the AL East at 9-19, Toronto already is missing starting pitchers Aaron Sanchez (split finger nail) and J.A. Happ (elbow soreness).

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.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 2

BOSTON — Hours after Major League Baseball held a conference call to tell the Red Sox and Orioles to stop their festering feud, Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter and Boston went on to win.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was later tossed, too, soon after being upset by a called strike. On Monday night, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park, prompting apologies from the Red Sox, the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts.

Gausman was tossed by plate umpire Sam Holbrook after what appeared to be a curveball hit Xander Bogaerts. Catcher Caleb Joseph slammed his mask on the plate and manager Buck Showalter bolted from the dugout to argue. Gausman looked puzzled, at first, and then hollered.

Before the game, the teams talked to MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, with Red Sox manager John Farrell saying the message was “Enough is enough” after Boston pitchers recently threw at Orioles star Manny Machado. On April 21, Machado made a late slide that injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Astros 10, Rangers 1

HOUSTON — Marwin Gonzalez homered for the fourth time in his last three games and Carlos Correa had four hits, helping Houston beat Texas.

Gonzalez had two hits and smashed a two-run homer off the batter’s eye in center in the sixth inning for a 6-1 lead.

He hit two home runs against Texas on Tuesday, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth that rallied Houston to an 8-7 win.

Correa and Brian McCann sparked a four-run second inning with solo homers off starter Nick Martinez (0-1).

Royals 6, White Sox 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nate Karns pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out four in his final frame, and Kansas City cruised over Chicago.

Karns (1-2) wound up striking out seven with only one walk in his best performance of the season. Mike Pelfrey (0-2) kept the White Sox in it until the sixth, when he gave up a single, double and triple in succession.

Twins 7, Athletics 4

MINNEAPOLIS — Kennys Vargas tied his career high for Minnesota with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off erratic starter Kendall Graveman.

Hector Santiago (3-1) finished six innings for the fourth time in six turns for the Twins, who have won seven of their last 10 games. Graveman (2-2) walked four batters, and three of them scored.

Indians 3, Tigers 2

DETROIT — Carlos Carrasco pitched six impressive innings, and the bullpen held on for Cleveland in its victory over Detroit.

Jose Ramirez hit a two-run triple in the fourth, and the Indians rebounded a bit after losing the first two of the four-game set. Carrasco (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits.

Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Mariners 8, Angels 7

SEATTLE — Jarrod Dyson’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning pulled Seattle even, Jean Segura followed with a two-run single to take the lead and the Mariners rallied late for a victory over Los Angeles.

Singles by Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia, and a walk to Taylor Motter off Angels reliever Blake Parker (0-2) loaded the bases with two outs. Dyson fell behind 0-2 but dropped a double off the end of the bat into shallow right field to score two and pull the Mariners even. Segura then chopped a single through the left side of the infield to give Seattle the lead.

Jean Machi (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and Edwin Diaz worked a shaky ninth for his fifth save.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Mets 16, Braves 5

ATLANTA — Jose Reyes tied his career high with five RBIs, New York pounded out 20 hits and Jacob deGrom managed to hang around long enough to get the win, leading the Mets to a rout of the Atlanta Braves.

Rene Rivera drove in three runs, while Michael Conforto and deGrom had two RBIs apiece to overshadow two early base-running blunders that resulted in double plays for the Mets.

Reyes had a run-scoring single in the third, a sacrifice fly in the fifth and finished off the Braves with a three-run double in the eighth.

DeGrom (2-1) struggled on the mound, surrendering eight hits, walking five and giving up five runs. He threw 109 pitches before being lifted after five innings.

The Mets jumped all over former teammate Bartolo Colon (1-3), who spent the last three seasons in New York.

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1

WASHINGTON — Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and doubled in the go-ahead run, Jacob Turner worked four innings of scoreless relief and Washington beat Arizona.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez drove in Washington’s other run with a third-inning groundout. Turner (1-0) replaced Gonzalez in the sixth and finished out the game, striking out four and allowing two hits.

Cubs 5, Phillies 4

CHICAGO — Pinch hitters Willson Contreras and Matt Szczur had consecutive two-out RBIs in the sixth inning, helping Chicago edge Philadelphia.

Another rally by Chicago handed a win to Jake Arrieta (4-1), who finished strong after continuing the Cubs’ trend of bad first innings. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Jerad Eickhoff (0-3) allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1, 11 innings

LOS ANGELES — Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez each singled in a run in the 11th inning after Jeff Samardzija’s excellent start, and San Francisco beat Los Angeles.

Hunter Pence also had a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Joe Panik, whose earlier error led to the Dodgers’ run in the sixth, started the rally against Grant Dayton (1-1) with a single.

Samardzija held Los Angeles to an unearned run in eight innings. He gave up only three hits, struck out 11 and did not walk a batter.

Rockies 11, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO — Ian Desmond hit two home runs off Jered Weaver and drove in three runs to help rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela and Colorado beat sloppy San Diego.

They were the first two homers this year for Desmond, who joined the Rockies as a free agent and missed the first 25 games after breaking his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on March 12.

Reds 7, Pirates 2

CINCINNATI — Billy Hamilton ended one of the major leagues’ longest home run droughts with a three-run shot, and Devin Mesoraco hit his first in more than two years, powering Cincinnati over Pittsburgh.

INTERLEAGUE

Marlins 10, Rays 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — J.T. Realmuto drove in four runs, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double in Miami’s five-run sixth inning, and the Marlins beat Tampa Bay.

Stanton’s hit capped a stretch of seven consecutive hits off reliever Austin Pruitt (3-1) to start the sixth.

By Paul Wager

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