Judge homers twice to reach 57, Yankees beat Red Sox 7-6 in 10

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BOSTON – Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 56th and 57th home runs, Gleyber Torres had a go-ahead three-run double in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Judge, playing in New York’s 142nd game, is four from tying the American League home run record Roger Maris set with the Yankees in 1961.

After going homerless in five games, Judge had a pair of of tying solo homers, off Nick Pivetta in the sixth and Garrett Whitlock in the eighth.

Judge has 10th multi-homer games this season, one shy of the AL record Hank Greenberg set in 1938, and 26 in his career. Judge’s three hits raised his average to .310, and he leads the major leagues in home runs and with 123 RBIs. Judge is hitting .310 with a 1.105 OPS. He has 32 RBIs in his last 38 games.

New York, which came from behind three times, reopened a six-game AL East lead, its largest since Sept. 1.

Torres broke a 4-4 tie in the 10th against Jeurys Familia (2-3). He has eight RBIs in his last three games after getting just three in his previous 14.

Clay Holmes (6-3) hit Reese McGuire with a pitch and got one out in the 10th, and Alex Verdugo had an RBI single that put runners at the corners.

Xander Bogaerts popped out to shallow and Peralta bounced a fastball for a run-scoring wild pitch. Devers struck out Devers on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, his first slider of the night, for his fourth save.

Rookie Triston Casas, McGuire and Bogaerts homered for Boston, which has lost eight of 14 to the Yankees this season.

Marwin Gonzalez hit the first of three tying homers for New York, a two-run drive in the third.

Pivetta allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out five.

New York’s Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over six innings, but was tagged for all three of Boston’s home runs over six innings.

Casas hit his first home run at Fenway Park, and McGuire hit his first home run this season.

BACK IN

Aaron Hicks pinch hit for Jose Trevino to open the 10th and drew a walk n Hicks’ first appearance since he was pulled midgame of the the Yankees loss Friday to Tampa Bay.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Anthony Rizzo (headaches from epidural injection) took some swings during batting practice and could return for New York’s next series at Milwaukee, or at home next week when the Yankees host Pittsburgh. . LHP Aroldis Chapman (infected wound) pitched an inning in a rehab appearance for Double-A Somerset, giving up a hit, with two strikeouts and a walk. CF Harrison Bader (planter fasciitis in right foot) went hitless in three at bats and struck out twice.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) threw batting practice. He has been on the injured list since Aug. 19.

MAKING MOVES

Yankees IF/OF Tyler Wade was in Fenway Tuesday as part of the taxi squad, but was inactive. . … OF Jasson Dominguez was promoted to Double-A Somerset and went 0 for 5. He hit .306 with six homers, 22 RBIs and 17 steals in 40 games at High-A Hudson Valley. The 19-year-old started the season at Class A Tampa.

UP NEXT

Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (9-4, 7.73 ERA) will make his 25th start of the season. He is 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA over his last 14 starts. Red Sox rookie RHP Bryan Bello (1-5-5.79) will make his first career appearance against New York. He has a 3.55 ERA in his last six outings, including four starts.

Yankees star Judge hits 62nd homer to break Maris’ AL record

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ American League record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard.

The 30-year-old Yankees slugger drove a 1-1 slider from Texas right-hander Jesus Tinoco into the first couple of rows of seats in left field when leading off the second game of New York’s day-night doubleheader.

Maris’ 61 for the Yankees in 1961 had been exceeded six times previously, but all were tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year. Barry Bonds hit an MLB-record 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001, and the Chicago Cubs’ 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 as holder of the legitimate record.

A Ruthian figure with a smile as outsized as his body, the 6-foot-7 Judge has rocked the major leagues with a series of deep drives that hearken to the sepia tone movie reels of his legendary pinstriped predecessors.

“He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Roger Maris Jr. said Wednesday night after his father’s mark was matched by Judge. “I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.”

Judge had homered only once in the past 13 games, and that was when he hit No. 61 last Wednesday in Toronto. The doubleheader nightcap in Texas was his 55th game in row played since Aug. 5.

After a single in five at-bats in the first game Tuesday, Judge was 3 for 17 with five walks and a hit by pitch since moving past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league record for 34 years. Maris hit his 61st off Boston’s Tracy Stallard at old Yankee Stadium on Oct. 1, 1961.

Judge has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012. He leads the AL with 131 RBIs and began the day trailing Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315.

The home run in his first at-bat put him back to .311, where he had started the day before dropping a point in the opener.

Judge’s accomplishment will cause endless debate.

“To me, the holder of the record for home runs in a season is Roger Maris,” author George Will said earlier this month. “There’s no hint of suspicion that we’re seeing better baseball than better chemistry in the case of Judge. He’s clean. He’s not doing something that forces other players to jeopardize their health.”