And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 7, Royals 0: The Indians probably had a better weekend than you: they swept the Royals in four and took over first place. Francisco Lindor Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin each homered in the fifth inning. Mike Napoli homered in the fourth. Cleveland has taken six of seven from the Royals overall.

Tigers 5, White Sox 2: Another AL Central sweep. Justin Verlander gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight and allowing two runs over seven innings. The Tigers’ sweep had them beating three straight lefty starters in Rodon, Sale and Quintana.

Nationals 10, Reds 9: The Reds had a 5-0 lead, blew it to find themselves down by five and then almost came back, loading the bases with no one out in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon. The Nats’ closer than induced a popout, a strikeout and a fly out to end it. After the game Papelbon said “my motto is ‘bend but don’t break.'” If you would’ve asked me before that what Papelbon’s motto was I probably would’ve said something different and not printable on a family baseball website. Or maybe “YOLO” or something.

Marlins 1, Mets 0: Jose Fernandez was dominant, striking out 14 in seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and not walking a soul. He has now won eight straight starts in a run and has shaved over two runs off his ERA since late April. Though he took the loss the Mets have to be happy with Matt Harvey turning in another strong start (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).

Orioles 3, Yankees 1: Matt Wieters hit a tiebreaking two-run, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning off of Aroldis Chapman. Three runs actually scored on the play thanks to an error by Jacoby Ellsbury throwing home. It was a long eighth inning. It started with Baltimore trailing 1-0 with runners at first and second, then a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes ensued. The rally came after and it ended with Chapman’s first blown save of the year.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4: Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth and then the wheels almost fell off the Jays’ bus completely, but they somehow held on. Estrada took two other no-nos into the eighth in June of 2015. He’s not exactly the type you’d peg as a guy who might one day throw a no-hitter, but if he does it you figure it’ll have to happen in the month of June, right?

Phillies 8, Brewers 1: Aaron Nola pitched six shutout innings and fanned nine. No one threw any bottles at any Phillies players. At least yesterday.

Angels 5, Pirates 4: Albert Pujols gave the Angels a 5-4 lead, which proved to be the final score, after delivering a two-run home run off of lefty reliever Tony Watson in the eighth inning. He also delivered a “stern lecture” to Gerrit Cole while Cole was on first base half an inning after Cole jawed at Kole Calhoun over something. I’m guessing it all stemmed from some vague and general disagreement about the spelling of “Cole/Kole.”

Rays 7, Twins 5: Evan Longoria homered for the fourth straight game. He hit two here. If he had hit two in four straight games that’d probably be a record or something. Logan Morrison homered twice too. Imagine if you had two guys homer twice in four straight games. It’s easy if you try.

Astros 5, Athletics 2: Evan Gattis homered for the third straight game. What’s the deal with Evans lately? Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh to give the Astros a three-game sweep. Carlos Gomez hit his first homer of the year. What’s the deal with Carloses lately?

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2: Jake Arrieta‘s 20-game regular season win streak ends. He still struck out 12 dudes in five innings but a lot of strikeouts do not a win make. On this day he was outdueled by Patrick Corbin who threw 18 fewer pitches despite going two more innings. There’s some sort of wisdom in there someplace. The Cubs went 8-2 on this last homestand, with both losses coming in games Arrieta started. What a bum.

Rangers 3, Mariners 2Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run fifth inning. He was the DH yesterday for the second time since his callup, as Prince Fielder rode the pine. Last week the Rangers were asking how to find playing time for Profar once Rougned Odor came back from his suspension. Given that he’s hitting .390/.405/.634 with five extra base hits in nine games since returning to the bigs, the answer to that is “at Prince Fielder’s expense until it ceases to make sense.”

Dodgers 12, Braves 6: Corey Seager homered twice. He homered three times on Friday. What’s the deal with Coreys lately? No, I don’t have any other great Corey baseball stats, but there’s probably a Corey who had a great weekend someplace. The Dodgers outscored the Braves 20-8 in the series sweep. How’d they ever get eight? It’s a miracle. It’s a miracle.

Cardinals 6, Giants 3Aledmys Diaz, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina each drove in a run during the Cards’ four-run sixth inning. St. Louis rallied from behind. to beat the Giants for the second straight day. Matt Carpenter had three hits and an RBI. He’s 15-for-35 with eight extra-base hits since returning from paternity leave. Paternity leave is good.

Rockies 10, Padres 3: Jon Gray was dominant and Carlos Gonzalez hit two two-run homers. What’s the deal with Carloses lately?

Yankees star Judge hits 61st home run, ties Maris’ AL record

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TORONTO — Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run drive for the New York Yankees in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old slugger drove a 94.5 mph belt-high sinker with a full-count from left-hander Tim Mayza over the left-field fence at Rogers Centre. The 117.4 mph drive took just 3.8 seconds to land 394 feet from the plate, and it put the Yankees ahead 5-3.

Judge watched the ball clank off the front of the stands, just below two fans who reached over a railing and tried for a catch. He pumped an arm just before reaching first and exchanged a slap with coach Travis Chapman.

The ball dropped into Toronto’s bullpen and was picked up by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, who turned it over to the Yankees.

Judge’s mother and Roger Maris Jr. rose and hugged from front-row seats. He appeared to point toward them after rounding second base, then was congratulated by the entire Yankees team, who gave him hugs after he crossed the plate.

Judge moved past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league mark until Maris broke it in 1961. All three stars reached those huge numbers playing for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds holds the big league record of 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

Judge had gone seven games without a home run – his longest drought this season was nine in mid-August. This was the Yankees’ 155th game of the season, leaving them seven more in the regular season.

The home run came in the fourth plate appearance of the night for Judge, ending a streak of 34 plate appearances without a home run.

Judge is hitting .313 with 130 RBIs, also the top totals in the AL. He has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

Maris hit No. 61 for the Yankees on Oct. 1, 1961, against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard.

Maris’ mark has been exceeded six times, but all have been tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year, and Bonds topped him. Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performing-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball started testing with penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans – perhaps many – until now have considered Maris the holder of the “clean” record.

Among the tallest batters in major league history, the 6-foot-7 Judge burst on the scene on Aug. 13, 2016, homering off the railing above Yankee Stadium’s center-field sports bar and into the netting above Monument Park. He followed Tyler Austin to the plate and they become the first teammates to homer in their first major league at-bats in the same game.

Judge hit 52 homers with 114 RBIs the following year and was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. Injuries limited him during the following three seasons, and he rebounded to hit 39 homers with 98 RBIs in 2021.

As he approached his last season before free agent eligibility, Judge on opening day turned down the Yankees’ offer of an eight-year contract worth from $230.5 million to $234.5 million. The proposal included an average of $30.5 million annually from 2023-29, with his salary this year to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by the player.

An agreement was reached in June on a $19 million, one-year deal, and Judge heads into this offseason likely to get a contract from the Yankees or another team for $300 million or more, perhaps topping $400 million.

Judge hit six homers in April, 12 in May and 11 in June. He earned his fourth All-Star selection and entered the break with 33 homers. He had 13 homers in July and dropped to nine in August, when injuries left him less protected in the batting order and pitchers walked him 25 times.

He became just the fifth player to hold a share of the AL season record. Nap Lajoie hit 14 in the AL’s first season as a major league in 1901, and Philadelphia Athletics teammate Socks Seabold had 16 the next year, a mark that stood until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Ruth set the record four times in all, with 54 in 1920, 59 in 1921 and 60 in 1927, a mark that stood until Maris’ 61 in 1961.

Maris was at 35 in July 1961 during the first season each team’s schedule increased from 154 games to 162, and baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled if anyone topped Ruth in more than 154 games “there would have to be some distinctive mark in the record books to show that Babe Ruth’s record was set under a 154-game schedule.”

That “distinctive mark” became known as an “asterisk” and it remained until Sept. 4, 1991, when a committee on statistical accuracy chaired by Commissioner Fay Vincent voted unanimously to recognize Maris as the record holder.