Judge turned and drove in three runs, Jameson Tellon allowed one run in six innings, and the Yankees extended their streak to 11 games by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 Tuesday night.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his fifth of the season. New York leads the MLS with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the last 11 games.
“Everything clicks,” Stanton said. “Hitting at the right time, pitching was great. We just have to keep it going.”
Judge’s single zombie in the sixth inning was his ninth of the season, pulling him even with teammate Anthony Rizzo for the big league lead.
“He definitely injected some life into us,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge’s 427-foot putt on the second deck.
Judge has 13 RBI in his past five games, adding a two-run double in New York’s six-run seventh inning.
Taillon (2-1) allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out four for his second straight decision.
“I thought that was the best he’s thrown the ball since he’s been here, point-wise,” Boone said. “What he’s doing is really exciting.”
Josh Donaldson and Marwin Gonzalez both had RBI doubles and Aaron Hicks reached base four times as the Yankees improved to 18-6. It is the seventh time in franchise history that New York has won 18 of its first 24 games.
It’s also New York’s longest winning streak in the major leagues this season (the Yankees won 13 straight games from August 14-27 last year).
Toronto, meanwhile, has snapped a 32-game no-loss streak, dating back to September 24, 2021. The Blue Jays also lost a series for the first time this season.
Toronto went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and seven left on base.
“We’re cold, but we’re going to work it out at some point,” said head coach Charlie Montoyo.
One of New York’s runs came in the seventh when the team’s home run umpire, Ron Colpa, ruled that Gonzalez had evaded a tag from Toronto senior baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in a slump between third and home. Replays appeared to show Guerrero tagging Gonzalez, but Toronto had already lost the challenge earlier in the half.
Boone said he assumes Gonzalez will miss out, and has been watching the other runners to see if they can advance.
“I’ve seen him twist and turn,” Boone said of Gonzalez. “Next thing I know, he’s shaking our hand.”
After two of the first three batters against the Blue Jays reached right-handed Alex Manoah, he retired 15 batters in a row, striking out six.
Hicks had a single in the sixth, but was thrown out trying to steal second with the judge at the plate. Two plays later, Judge hit a home run.
Taeyeon said, “He was a huge Homer. He had all of that. It definitely lifted everyone up a little.”
Adam Simper (4-1) replaced Manoah in the sixth and gave up RBI doubles to Donaldson and Gonzalez.
Julian Meriwether replaced Cimber but did not retire any of the four batters he faced. After Gonzalez scored on fielder Jose Trevino’s pick, Hicks scored an RBI single and Judge followed with a double in two runs.
Stanton was on base twice in the seventh but did not collect a hit. Stanton reached on Bo Bichette’s throwing error to start the frame and later walked.
Screaming for a ball
A man in a Blue Jays cap carried a Judge’s running ball and raised his arms high briefly in celebration, then handed it to a young boy in a Yankees cap and Judge’s jersey one row behind him. Overcome with emotion, the boy began to cry and hugged the man.
“That’s the special thing about this game, man,” said the judge when told about the exchange. “It doesn’t matter what jersey you wear, everyone is a fan, everyone appreciates this game. This is amazing. I have to check out that video. This is special.”
Veteran Dexter Fowler asked for his release from Toronto Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons. Fowler, who signed a minor contract with the Blue Jays on March 31, is now a free agent. He went 5-for-12 with three RBI in three games with the Bisons.
Yankees: Joey Gallo (left tight thigh) sat out for the third day in a row. Gallo left Saturday’s game in Kansas City in fifth place.
Blue Jays: O Teoscar Hernandez (tense left oblique) settled into the second pitch he saw in his first rehab game in Class A Dunedin. Hernandez added a double and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (1-0, 1.31) starts Wednesday’s Series Finale against Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.52).