Aaron Judge became the second fastest player in Major League history to hit 200 career homers, and the New York Yankees crushed the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Saturday afternoon.
DJ LeMahieu hit a long ball and added a productive single and Matt Carpenter homered for the 15th time in 40 games as the Yankees picked up their third straight win after back-to-back losses to the New York Mets. York.
Leaders in the American League, the Yankees have won their last seven meetings against the Royals, and 10 of their last 11.
In the loss, a fifth straight for the Royals, Whit Merrifield hit his 1,000th career hit with a double in the third inning, while Salvador Perez scored a run with a sacrifice fly.
Judge, who on Friday became the first Major League player to hit a 40th homer in 2022, first hit two fouls against starter Jonathan Heasley in the second inning. Then, with a count of two balls and two strikes, he fired the next pitch, a fastball, into the right center field bleachers for a two-run homer.
It was one of his two hits in the game. Judge also batted out two walks.
The six-foot-seven giant hit his 200th home run in his 671st career Major League game. Ryan Howard, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies, is the only one to have done better with his 200th homer in his 658th game, in 2009.
Judge is homering 42 this season and at this rate he will hit 67. He is tied with Sammy Sosa and trailing two behind Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire for the most long runs before the Aug. 1 date in major league baseball history.
Bonds holds the record for most home runs in a season, with 73 in 2001.
Judge, who is likely to become a free agent at the end of the season, has nine home runs and 21 RBIs with a .447 batting average in 10 games since returning from the All-Star Game break.
After being limited to one homer in his first 13 meetings, Judge has hit 36 in his last 79 games. He can still eclipse the team record of 61 homers, set by Roger Maris in 1961.
On the mound for the Yankees, Nestor Cortes (9-3) gave up two runs in five innings. He had five strikeouts and walked two. In five starts in July, his ERA was 2.60.
Aroldis Chapman and Clarke Schmidt have strewn two hits over the last four innings. Schmidt took charge of the last three and scored a second career save.
Heasley (1-6), whose name was reinstated from the disabled list before the game, gave up six runs in three-and-a-third innings in what was his first start since July 9. He had missed 17 games because of tendonitis in his right shoulder.
In other matches:
Cleveland 4 – Tampa Bay 6
KEY : Andrés Giménez drove in three runs on his 12th home run of the season.
VG: Brandon Lowe and Yandy Díaz homered. Corey Kluber (7-6) had ten strikeouts in six innings.
Milwaukee 9 – Boston 4
MIL: Omar Narváez, Hunter Renfroe and Tyrone Taylor each homered.
BOS: Nick Pivetta suffered an eighth defeat in 16 decisions.
Oakland 2 – Chicago White Sox 3
OAK: Sean Murphy and Seth Brown drove in the runs in the loss with solo homers.
CHI: Gavin Sheets hit his eighth home run of the season.
Texas 7- LA Angels 9
TEX: Marcus Semien hit his 14th homer of the season and drove in three runs.
LAA: Shohei Ohtani had his 22nd long ball, a three-point slap.
In other National League games:
Baltimore 2 – Cincinnati 8
BALL: Adley Rutschman hit two of his six hits.
CIN: Jonathan India, Joey Votto and Jake Fraley homered.
St. Louis 6 – Washington 7
STL: Paul DeJong was the author of a two-run homer.
WAS: Josh Bell hit a three-run homer. He has 57 RBIs this season.
Minnesota 7 – San Diego 4
MIN: Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa hit home runs
SD: Joe Musgrove (8-4) takes a fourth straight loss. Jurickson Profar hit his 10th homer, a three-run hit in the ninth.
Philadelphia 2- Pittsburgh 1
PHI: news Realmuto reached ten with a home run.
PIT: Cal Mitchell hit a solo homer.
Arizona 2 – Atlanta 6
ARI: Jack McCarthy got two of the team’s four hits.
ATL: Ian Anderson gave one hit in 6 innings and he had 9 strikeouts. Matt Olson and William Contreras homered.
LA Dodgers 3 – Colorado 5
THE D : Trea Turner hit her 16th home run.
COLLAR : Randal Grichuk hit two hits and drove in three runs.
Chicago Cubs 4 – San Francisco 5
CHI: Starter Drew Smyly (3-6) allowed five earned runs in four innings.
FS: It was the Giants’ 50th win this season, in their 101st game.