Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, ‘the best team on the planet,’ end hitless drought, rally for victory

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge walked into the stands and presented his bat to Spike Lee, a New York Yankees fan famous for writing Hollywood drama scripts.

This weekend’s Yankees-Houston Astros series had all the ups, downs and twisted endings the audience could handle. And when baseball awards season kicks off, you bet critics will be scrutinizing Judge’s lead role.

“I told him I had to stop taking him for granted,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Judge hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit against the Astros in four days, and New York rebounded after going nearly hitless in their second straight game to help Houston on Sunday 6-3 to beat.

“These guys never waver,” Judge said. “They stick to their plan, stick to their approach, and grind on. And then Big G hit a like 120 in the middle, so it was all good.”

Giancarlo Stanton ended a historic unsuccessful drought for New York with a 111-mph one-out homer in the seventh inning, and DJ LeMahieu followed with a tied two-run drive in the eighth as New York went on a four-game streak divided between the Americans The best teams in the league.

“End Judges 2, Us 2,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said.

After Michael King stranded the loaded bases in the 10th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa dropped a two-strike bunt that put automatic runner Aaron Hicks in third place. Right-hander Seth Martinez intentionally walked with pinch hitter Matt Carpenter and knocked out LeMahieu, triggering a two-out showdown with Judge.

Just like Thursday when he broke a 6-all tie with a single in the ninth, Judge raised the major league-leading Yankees. His 112-mph rocket left to center on a slider landed in the visitors’ bullpen for his 28th top-level home run.

“What amazed me was how easily he swung,” Boone said. “It’s like he’s just trying to touch the ball.”

With their 10th walk-off win this year — and Judge’s third — the Yankees improved to 53-20 and earned their third-best 73-game start in the majors since 1930, behind only the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and the 1998 Yankees.

New York is 24-1 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, including 8-0 this season.

“We have the best team in the world,” said Judge.

But the Yankees barely hit like a juggernaut for most of the weekend. Jose Urquidy was eight outs from Houston’s second straight no-hitter before Stanton connected and cut the Astros’ lead to 3-1. The Yankees were 52-0 down from the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss Friday night — a stretch that included a combined no-hitter from Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly on Saturday.

“You could tell they came up to us with everything they had,” LeMahieu said.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New York’s 16⅓-inning losing streak was the longest since at least 1961. No team has ever been without a hit in consecutive games, although the 1917 Chicago White Sox went consecutive days without a hit from the St. Louis Browns, with the second jewel came in the second game of a doubleheader.

King (5-1) had to wriggle out of trouble in the 10th after New York’s defense slipped twice. Shortstop Kiner-Falefa booted Jose Altuve’s grounder, and catcher Jose Trevino’s attempt to knock out Jason Castro at second base failed when Castro went third.

King took out Alex Bregman with one to load the bases and then pulled back Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel. King hit 100 mph in the at-bat against Bregman for the first time in his career.

The Astros are as hated in the Bronx as rivals Boston Red Sox, having eliminated New York from the postseason three times since 2015 — including during their scandalous title run in 2017. 44,028 spectators sat in their seats for most of the afternoon; The biggest cheers came early for a cloud that briefly muted the blazing afternoon sun.

Altuve silenced his attackers by hammering Nestor Cortes’ first throw and putting ex-teammate George Springer ahead with seven home runs to take the major league lead. Mauricio Dubon added a two-run single in the fourth.

Altuve also walked twice and stole two bases.

Houston star Michael Brantley was substituted in the eighth inning after suffering a right shoulder problem. The five-time All-Star was 0-for-3 and dropped his batting average to .288.

The Astros were also without slugger Jordan Alvarez, who was kept out of the lineup with an ongoing hand problem. He scored against Clay Holmes in the ninth inning and was run on purpose.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres was stranded in ninth base at third base when he twisted his right ankle and was easily picked off while squirming in the dirt. Boone said he had a minor sprain.

“I don’t expect it to be serious,” Boone said.

With a day off Monday, it’s possible Torres will be right back in the lineup Tuesday when the Yankees open a home series against the Oakland Athletics.

Ryne Stanek extended his AL-best scoreless streak to 19⅓ innings. Martinez (0-1) had the second-longest run at 17⅔ innings ahead of Judge’s Blast, helping Houston top the major league with a 2.63 ERA.

Baker said he hadn’t thought about leaving Judge, who beat Anthony Rizzo behind him. The manager also said that Pressly and Neris were unavailable after Saturday’s pitch.

Urquidy allowed the one hit over seven innings. He walked three and hit three in 98 pitches.

“It’s the best game he’s thrown,” Baker said.

Plate umpire Mike Muchlinski took a foul tip off his mask in the first inning and staggered back before being grabbed by Yankees catcher Trevino. Muchlinski consulted with a coach and the rest of the referee crew before staying behind the plate. The game ended with three referees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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