Aaron Judge hit his 43rd major league homer, Jose Trevino had his first multi-homer game and the Yankees beat the Mariners 7-2 in the series opener.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 43rd major league home run, Jose Trevino had his first multi-homer game and the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-2 in an interteam opener Monday night, for they built up the postseason.
Anthony Rizzo started the rush with a homer in three runs in the first, and New York clinched its 31st straight win record at home (41-13), only second to its big league standard of 47 straight from 1918- 64 The Yankees are 70-34, the first team to have 70 wins this year.
Before the game, the Yankees acquired Oakland starter Frankie Montas and assist Lou Trivino three days after Seattle acquired Luis Castillo, perhaps the best available starter in the trade market. Castillo starts Wednesday’s series finale against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
“Just a dominant starter, been a dominant starter for quite some time,” Judge said of Montas. “He has some ridiculous stuff and he’s just glad we don’t have to face it again later.”
Rizzo put the Yankees ahead in the first with a triple homer on Marco Gonzales (6-11). The drive over the Yankees’ bullpen on the right was Rizzo’s fourth homer in six games, taking his season total to 26 along with 65 RBIs.
“It’s a really good hitter who can find a little groove,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He worked hard to find that sweet spot.”
After Kyle Lewis’ solo homer in the second game against Domingo Germán (1-1), Judge hit a two-run drive in the bottom half. Richter also leads the majors with 93 RBIs.
Trevino homed in fourth place and added a drive into Monument Park on Ryan Borucki in eighth place. The first-time All-Star has his nine home runs this year, equal to his total in four previous big league seasons, and set a career-high 32 RBIs.
Seattle has lost seven of 11 since going into the All-Star break on a 14-game winning streak.
Adam Frazier hit a run-scoring single in fourth for Germán, who won for the first time in three starts since being taken off the injured list. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings with three walks and a strikeout.
With Alex Rodriguez seated behind home plate, Judge hit a 420-foot drive and sent an 87.4-mph first-pitch fastball into the left-field bullpen after doubling on the first pitch, which he saw before Rizzo’s Homer.
“It’s fun to watch what he’s doing,” Boone said. “So I think tonight that was obviously part of his game plan to be aggressive. He got what he was looking for in the first few at-bats and gave him great swings.”
Judge is on track with 67 home runs, six more than the Yankees’ record set in 1961. Judge hit 43 home runs in his 101st game and New York’s 104th game, while Maris hit his 43rd in his 114th game and the 115th of the Yankees on August 11 reached 12th 1961.
He joined Barry Bonds (2001), Mark McGwire (1998), and Babe Ruth (1921) as the fourth player to hit at least 43 home runs in his team’s first 104 games.
“Aaron Judge is having a monster season and you have to be really good and run your fastball on the edges and we couldn’t do that,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais.
Qualified for free agency after the World Series, Judge has had 10 homers in 12 games and 13 in his last 16 games since the All-Star break.
Ron Marinaccio, Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Loáisiga and Wandy Peralta combined to create a goalless relief.
Gonzales allowed six runs for the first time since giving up seven runs in Texas on July 3 last year. He hit nine hits in 5 1/3 innings and hit a career-high three homers allowed for the second time in three starts.
Luis Castillo reported to Seattle after being acquired from Cincinnati for four prospects Friday night and hosted a bullpen session before an audience of teammates and coaches.
“The boys were very excited about what they saw there, as it should be,” said Servais. “He has elite stuff.”
Castillo also faced the Yankees with the Reds on July 14 when he accepted a no-hit bid in the sixth.
Seattle traded LHP Anthony Misiewicz to Kansas City for cash. Misiewicz was 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 17 appearances before being selected for Sunday’s action. The Mariners also requested Travis Jankowski waivers from the Mets, who named him for Friday’s assignment. Jankowski batted at .167 in 43 games with the Mets.
Mariners: 1B Ty France missed a second straight game with a sore left wrist. Manager Servais said France were feeling better but weren’t ready to swing just yet.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat) threw for the first time since he was placed on the injured list on July 14. Severino was transferred to the 60-day IL along with RHP Miguel Castro (right shoulder strain). … RHP Clarke Schmidt was selected to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and RHP Carlos Espinal had his contract picked from Scranton.
Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert (10-4, 2.78 ERA) takes on New York RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.72) on Tuesday.
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