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Aaron Judge’s home run streak increases to 6 games, Yankees fall to Blue Jays


TORONTO – Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees will have to wait at least one more day to reach home run history and crack some fizz.

The judge stayed at 60 homers, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, and the Yankees’ attempt to clinch the AL East stalled when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single in the 10th to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 win Monday night.

Judge started the game with a single, then struck out twice and walked twice as New York’s winning streak ended at seven. The Yankees (94-59) would have sealed the split with a victory .

“We treat every game like it’s a post-season game,” Judge said. “First game of this year at this game tonight, nothing really changes.”

Judge has now gone six games without a home run – his longest streak this season was nine games in mid-August.

He will try again on Tuesday night to tie the AL mark of 61 set by Maris in 1961. Judge’s batting average remained at .314 — he leads in all three Triple Crown categories.

Guerrero’s two-out single against Clarke Schmidt (5-5) scored auto-runner Cavan Biggio from second base. Toronto (87-67) earned its third straight win and increased its lead atop the AL wildcard race to 2 1/2 games over Tampa Bay.

Toronto is 17-8 in September. Among AL teams, only Cleveland (18) has more wins this month.

“We’re not afraid to fail,” Guerrero said through an interpreter. “We’re having fun right now.”

Even with first base open, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he’d rather throw to Guerrero than walk him around and face Blue Jays designated hitter Alejandro Kirk.

“You don’t really like either matchup, so pick your poison,” Boone said.

Judge scored the game’s opening run on a sacrificial first-inning fly by Gleyber Torres, and walked in the third before being obliterated on a double play. Judge ruled out the search in the sixth and fell swinging in the eighth.

With runners at first and second and two outs at 10, interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider replaced right-hander Anthony Bass and brought in left-hander Tim Mayza (8-0) to face Judge. Toronto intentionally walked Judge to load from left-handed hitter Anthony Rizzo, who retired.

“I don’t think I’ve hit lefties well all year, so you don’t know what the analysis is going to say,” Judge said with a smile. “Once they made the move, I kind of had a feeling.”

Returning to right field after making his 22nd DH start on Sunday, Judge once again left history behind. Since connecting for No. 60 Tuesday night against Pittsburgh to spark a ninth-inning comeback, he’s 5 for 18 with three doubles, seven walks and eight strikeouts.

The judge made a nice take on Bo Bichette’s deep drive at the end of the 10th, then launched at second to prevent Biggio from advancing.

Greeted by a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd of 34,307 before his first at bat, Judge opened the game with a sharp right-hand single that had an outbound speed of 112.9 miles at a time. ‘hour. Rizzo doubled Judge in the third before Torres shoved him with a right flyball.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa made it 2-0 with a two-out homer in the second, his fourth.

Making his second start for the Yankees since returning from the disabled list, right-hander Luis Severino allowed two runs and three hits in four innings. Severino threw 76 pitches, 49 for strikes. He struck out four and walked three.

“He took a few rides there, but I thought he got what he wanted for the most part,” Boone said. “They just kind of survived him with some hard knocks.”

Severino didn’t allow a hit until Bichette singled to start the fourth. Guerrero followed with a potential grounder in double play at short, but Kiner-Falefa popped the ball and threw late at first. Alejandro Kirk walked to charge the bases and Teoscar Hernández followed with a brace from the top of the center field wall.

Rizzo and Torres hit back-to-back one-out singles in the sixth, but Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman knocked out Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton.

Gausman allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, hitting 200 for the second straight season, and walked one.

Toronto placed the runners first and second with one out in the seventh, but Jonathan Loaisiga came on and struck out George Springer, then forced Bichette out.

LAST SHOW

New York lost a decided game in the batting final for the 11th time leading MLB. The Yankees have 16 wins in their last game this season, also the most in the majors.

PLEASURE IN A SINGLE PASS

Toronto is 30-19 in one-point games. The Blue Jays set a franchise record with 34 one-run wins in 1984.

LEADING MAN

Judge was the leadoff batter in his first four plate appearances.

DRESS REPORT

A male fan in the front row of left field seats wore black judge robes and a long white wig. He sat behind a small sign that read “All Rise”.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (inflamed right toe) will take BP early on Tuesday and should test his injury more intensely, Boone said. … Boone said RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder) is “heading in the right direction” and could get back to pitching this week.

blue jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left hamstring) resumed running, Schneider said. … INF Santiago Espinal (left oblique) started to tee off.

NEXT

Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (13-5, 3.90 ERA) starts Tuesday against Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (11-6, 5.27 ERA).




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