Judge doubles twice, stays at 60 homers



The Manila Times



NEW YORK: Aaron Judge disappointed fans by staying stuck at 60 homers but doubled twice and scored on Oswaldo Cabrera’s first-inning grand slam that started the New York Yankees to a 14-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Judge doubled on the first pitch to him in the first and fifth innings. Given another time up during an eight-run eighth inning, Judge walked on four pitches from rookie Eric Stout as the sellout crowd of 46,175 booed loudly. Cabrera and Gleyber Torres had five RBIs each. Torres homered twice in the eighth inning, raising his season total to 23. Luis Severino (6-3) returned from a strained right lat muscle that had sidelined him since July 13 and allowed one run and two hits in five innings with six strikeouts. Pirates rookie Roansy Contreras (5-5) struck out a career-high 10, allowing six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Padres 1, Cardinals 0 In San Diego, Blake Snell held St. Louis hitless until Albert Pujols beat the shift for a single with two outs in the seventh inning and San Diego beat NL Central-leading St. Louis. Snell (8-9) allowed two hits in seven innings on 117 pitches and struck out 13 to tie his career high. The left-hander’s brilliant effort carried the Padres to their fifth straight win and extended the rotation’s scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings. The Padres have shut out the Cardinals in the first two games of the three-game series, keeping Pujols at 698 career homers. San Diego stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card spot. Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save. Miles Mikolas (11-13) allowed an unearned run on three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two. Brewers 6, Mets 0 In Milwaukee, pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau greeted Drew Smith with a grand slam in the pitcher’s return from two months on the injured list and Milwaukee beat NL Eastleading New York. Willy Adames hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth against Taijuan Walker, his fifth homer in 10 games and 31st this season for the Brewers, who are chasing Philadelphia for the third and final NL wild-card berth. The Mets maintained a onegame division lead over Atlanta. Mark Canha was hit by pitches twice and Luis Guillorme once, giving New York a big league record 106 hit batters this season. Walker (12-5) had allowed only four runners before Adames homered leading off the sixth. Adrian Houser allowed three hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings and Hoby Milner, Trevor Gott (3-2), Brad Boxberger, Brent Suter and Cousins combined for one-hit relief in the Brewers’ ninth shutout this season. Guardians 8, White Sox 2 In Cleveland, rookie Steven Kwan homered among his three hits and Triston McKenzie struck out 13 as Cleveland moved closer to its first AL Central title since 2018. Kwan had hits in each of his first three at-bats, capped by his fifth homer of the season on the first pitch of the fourth inning from Chicago’s Lance Lynn (7-6). The Guardians have won seven of eight. McKenzie (11-11) gave up two runs and six hits while matching his career high by pitching eight innings. Nationals 3, Braves 2 In Atlanta, Joey Meneses hit a goahead, two-run homer off Jesse Chavez in the seventh inning, and Washington stopped Atlanta’s fivegame winning streak. Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in an early run and scored another for playoff-bound Atlanta, which remained one game behind the New York Mets in the NL East. Meneses put Washington up 3-2 with his 10th homer, a 420-foot drive to left for the 30-year-old rookie. Chavez (0-2) worked twothirds of an inning. Andrés Machado (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth, Carl Edwards Jr. escaped a jam in the eighth and Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 15 chances.