Judge, Stanton homer in 13th as Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-0
TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in the 13th inning, Giancarlo Stanton went deep moments later and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Wednesday night for a two-game sweep.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray allowed two hits in eight sparkling innings. Judge ended an 0-for-15 slump by connecting off right-hander Joe Biagini (0-5) for his team-leading 17th home run. Stanton added a laser shot to left field, his 14th, as New York won for the seventh time in eight games.
David Robertson (4-2) worked one inning for the win and Aroldis Chapman finished for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Judge returned to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday. He went 0 for 9 with a record eight strikeouts in Monday’s doubleheader at Detroit.
Biagini, the seventh Toronto pitcher of the game, came on to start the 13th. Brett Gardner reached on a one-out single and Judge followed with a long drive to left-center.
One out later, Stanton sent a screaming line drive to left. The ball came off his bat at 119.3 mph, the second-hardest hit ball in the majors this year behind a 119.9 mph single by Judge off Angels pitcher Garrett Richards on May 27, according to Statcast.
Stanton’s home run never went higher than 45 feet off the ground.
The Yankees are the only major league team that hasn’t been shut out this season. They have 49 home runs in 28 road games. Only Oakland (54) has homered more often on the road.
Toronto lost for the first time in six extra-inning games this season. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of 11 at home and 17 of 22 overall.
Gray matched a season high by striking out eight. He retired his first 12 batters before Justin Smoak doubled to begin the fifth. Kendrys Morales advanced Smoak to third with a single, but Smoak was thrown out trying to score on Kevin Pillar’s grounder to third base. Russell Martin walked to load the bases but Devon Travis followed by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio gave up three hits in a career-best seven innings. He threw a career-high 104 pitches.
Blue Jays: 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left Wednesday’s game for Double-A New Hampshire because of an undisclosed injury. Guerrero returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle. New Hampshire manager Jon Schneider said Guerrero’s latest injury is not considered serious.
Yankees: After a day off Thursday, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.79 ERA) starts Friday night in the opener of a three-game Subway Series at Citi Field against the New York Mets. Tanaka is 5-0 in his past eight starts. RHP Jacob deGrom (4-0. 1.49) pitches for the Mets.
Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-4, 6.08) starts the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. Garcia has lost four straight decisions and left his June 1 start at Detroit after giving up four runs in a season-low 1 2/3 innings. RHP David Hess (2-2, 3.47) goes for Baltimore.
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