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Aaron Judge takes home run lead with a walk-off against Toronto

Aaron Judge hit a three-run drive in the ninth inning for his first walk-off home run in the major leagues to give the Yankees a 6-5 comeback against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Giancarlo Stanton tied it up with a modest three-run shot in the sixth, and the Yankees rallied for their 14th victory in 16 games after three Toronto ejections turned the Red Blue Jays into a red.


Yankees 6, Blue Jays 5 | Box Score | Play-by-play

The Yankees won a shaky start by Luis Severino and improved to 21-8, which is a good record in the majors.

George Springer opened up a leadoff homer for Toronto and Lourdes Guriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth that helped the Blue Jays take a 5-3 lead.

No. 9 batter Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu drew consecutive one-out walks in the ninth by Jordan Romano (1-2), with the judges sending the 1-2 slider to the second deck at 450 feet left field. The big slugger, who hit a walk-off drive for Class AA Trenton in April 2015, danced a little as he approached the plate and was joined by a group of excited teammates.

The judges and Stanton have homered 20 times in the same game, including the postseason, and the Yankees have won 19 games.

This is the second blown save in 14 chances for Romano this season, who led the save in the night.

Hitles pitched the ninth for the victory of Vandy Peralta (1-0).

Santiago Espinal had an early two-run double – originally ruled a home run – as Toronto quickly built up a 3-0 lead over Severino, who started in eight days’ rest.

Yusei Kikuchi pitched five hitless innings, before Stanton equalized for a score in the sixth. According to Statcast, the 335-foot drive would not have been a home run in any major league ballpark.

It was then that the fireworks really started to hit.

Garcia hit the next batter, Josh Donaldson, around the left elbow pad with a 94 mph ball on a 0-1 count.

The players on the Yankees bench didn’t like it, but Donaldson calmly went to first base and the umpires gathered on the infield grass.

After a lengthy discussion, Chief of Staff Alfonso Marquez fired Garcia, leaving the pitcher and several Blue Jays dugout. In a heated exchange, Marquez then threw pitching coach Pete Walker as well.

And when Yankees reliever Jonathan Loisiga pushed Bo Bichette back with a 97 mph fastball in the seventh, plate umpire Lance Barrett heard something from the Blue Jays bench and sacked Flaubergasted manager Charlie Montoya.

Toronto regained its composure and put together a two-run rally in the eighth. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drew a leadoff walk from Loisiga and drove home early with a headfirst slide on Guriel’s line-drive double to Chad Green’s left field.

Gurial led off the third at the throw home and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s sacrifice fly.

Toronto has lost three straight and six of eight.

WASHINGTON – There was no question that this rat was real. So, these mats too.

The Critter ran through the outfield grass before running on James McCann’s sacrifice fly go-ahead score in the sixth inning of a three-run Tuesday night, and Carlos Carrasco came back in seventh, helping the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3.


Mets 4, Nationals 2 | Box Score | Play-by-play

The 21,955 announced crowd at National Park drew a cheerful animal scene from some spectators and others, where fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the game.

“The rat was lucky it wasn’t the puppies and Cat-Urday in the park tonight!” Team spokeswoman Jennifer Mastin Giglio joked in a text message.

One year ago, an episode reminiscent – May 8, 2021, to be exact – of the disappointing 77-85 finish line involved the Mets Club: Francisco Linder and Jeff McNeill quarreled during the game. To flub a grounder. Shortly after, the Mets players rushed into the tunnel near the dugout.

Lindor’s description that day was: “I’m like, ‘I’ve never seen a New York mouse.’ So we went down and ran, and I wanted to go see the New York rat, and (McNeil) got angry at me and said, ‘It’s not a rat, it’s a raccoon.’

Huh. Regardless, this time, no matter what happens in the eventful half-innings, it started with the last-place Nationals, 2-0, thanks to Michael Franco’s RBI double – McNeil’s relay throw easily beat Yadiel Hernandez’s home. He tried to score from scratch – a solo shot by Riley Adams in the fourth, and the fifth.

That gave up Carsco (3-1) in the sixth and two third innings; He started the day as the only pitcher in the majors that went more than seven innings in at least two starts.

In the sixth, new call-up Carl Edwards Jr., who was once replaced by Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, broke through the Mets and showed he is now 21-10.

The Mets loaded the bases with two singles and a walk from Edwards (0-1), and Jeff McNeil drove in a pair of runs, ripping the ball, first baseman Josh Bell and below the right-field line.

McCann’s sacrifice fly earned it 3-2 and “Let’s Go, Mets!” Chants from his fans in the stands. After Linder made a spectacular diving stop and throw to add Franco to the grounder in the seventh, the Mets added uninsured insurance in the eighth, and Edwin Diaz finished ninth for the seventh save on eight occasions.

MINNEAPOLIS – Justin Verlander missed his fourth no-hitter with five outs but still faced eight innings, and the Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-0 on Tuesday night to clinch their eighth straight win.

Twins third baseman Geo Urshela added one to right field in eighth to end Verlander’s bid. The 39-year-old right-hander, Tommy John, returned from surgery in the first season, finishing eighth by dropping Royce Lewis to double play.


Astros 5, Twins 0 | Box Score | Play-by-play

Sandy Koufax was vying for second place on the Verlander career no-hitter. Nolan Ryan holds seven records.

After pitching just once in 2020 and missing the entire 2021 season with an elbow injury, Verlander has been stellar so far in 2022. Tuesday’s start went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA through six starts.

Verlander struck out five and walked twice on 89 pitches. Blake Taylor pitched to Houston for a ninth.

Box scores and summaries for the rest of Tuesday’s action.

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