Aaron Judge is homeless in rain-shortened Yankees win over Red Sox

Aaron Judge’s pursuit of history will go international after being robbed of at least one more at bat in The Bronx Sunday night.

For the fifth game in a row – which was cut short by rain – the Yankees slugger was stuck on 60 home runs, one less than Roger Maris’ American League and franchise record.

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge reacts after flying out in the fifth inning.
Jason Szenes

Judge went 1-for-2 with a double and walk in the Yankees’ seventh consecutive win, 2-0 in six innings against the Red Sox. He was to take the lead from the bottom of the seventh inning, but the game was delayed after the sixth inning due to heavy rain, then was called after more than an hour and a half.

The Yankees (94-58) will begin a three-game run in Toronto on Monday, needing just one win over the Blue Jays to clinch the AL East, though all eyes will remain on Judge. He hit 11 home runs in 34 games at the Rogers Center.

After drilling a pair of home runs in the Yankees’ final road game, Judge entered the six-game homestand with 59 home runs. After hitting number 60 on Tuesday night, he looked poised to match and potentially break Maris’ record in front of a packed Yankee Stadium – which sold out for the third straight game on Sunday.

Instead, Judge finished the home position 5-for-19 with one homerun, three doubles, seven walks and seven strikeouts.

This is only the ninth time this season that Judge has played at least five consecutive games without a homerun.

In his first at bat against Red Sox rookie righthanded Brayan Bello, Judge ripped a 96 mph sinker down the third baseline for a double.

In the third inning, Judge trailed 0-2 before completing a full count and clearing a walk, which was greeted with booing from the crowd.

Bello gave Judge a slider to hit in the fifth inning and the slugger sent an attack into the crowd as he threw it in the air, but he came under it for an easy flyout.

The rain started to fall midway through the sixth inning and picked up quickly during the bottom of the frame. Then, while Judge was on deck, Oswald Peraza made the final out of the inning, and minutes later the grounds crew pulled the tarpaulin onto the field.

Nestor Cortes delivered the last strong start in his All-Star season, throwing six shutout-one-hit innings. In four starts since returning from the injured list for a groin injury, Cortes has conceded just four runs in 20 innings, further cementing his spot as one of the Yankees’ top three starters for a playoff series.

Cortes gave up a single only in the fourth inning, when Rob Refnsyder hit a ground-rule double to left field to put runners on second and third base after Tommy Pham led off with a walk. But Cortes stranded them there by striking out Triston Casas to end an inning of 31 pitches.

The Yankees then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, which Oswaldo Cabrera led off with a double to the gap. Cabrera then stole third base and came around to score on Jose Trevino’s two-out single from the left to lead 1-0.

The Red Sox gave the Yankees an insurance run in the sixth inning, just after it started to rain. With a runner on first base and two outs, Marwin Gonzalez skied a flyout into right field that Refsnyder camped under before dropping it. The error allowed Aaron Hicks to score from first for the 2-0 lead.

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