ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his helmet in a rare display of frustration and the Yankees slugger held to 61 home runs with just two games left to break the American League record after New York beat Texas 5-4 on Tuesday to open one day. -Double night billboard.
Judge went 1-for-5 with a single and scored the decisive run. But No. 99 didn’t come close to clearing the wall in the Yankees’ 99th win of the season.
Judge has gone five games without hitting a home run, and the only time he’s gone deep in the past 13 games was when he matched Roger Maris’ American League record with his 61st home run last Wednesday at Toronto.
A packed crowd of fans hoping to see history was on its feet when Judge grounded out on the first pitch of the game, and again when he routinely flied to right in the third.
In the fifth, he had an infield pop-up and television cameras caught him banging his helmet against a shelf in the dugout. Judge singled in the eighth and got another at-bat in the ninth, grounding out on the first pitch.
Judge’s batting average dropped to .310. He trails AL leader Luis Arraez, who started the day batting .315, in his bid to win the Triple Crown.
Judge saw 12 pitches in all and swung eight of them. In three at-bats, he swung at the first pitch.
It was Judge’s 156th game overall, and the 54th straight he has played for the Yankees since Aug. 5. Manager Aaron Boone had indicated that Judge would play in the night game if he still had 61 home runs, and they ended the regular game. Season Wednesday.
Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza and Kyle Higashioka hit solo homers for the AL East champion Yankees.
Higashioka’s home run to center field off reliever Brock Burke (7-5) in the eighth tied the score at 4. Higashioka tied his career high of 10 home runs, all from June 12 onward.
Judge followed with a line drive single and eventually scored on Harrison Bader’s single.
Adolis Garcia hit his 27th home run, a two-run homer in the fifth that gave him 100 RBIs for the Rangers, who lost their seventh straight game.
Aroldis Chapman (4-4) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Jonathan Loaisiga worked the ninth inning for his second save, allowing a single before a game-ending double play when Leody Taveras mistakenly ran from second base over Marcus Semien’s line to right.
Cabrera went deep for the sixth time in the first inning, and Peraza’s first major league home run tied the game at 2 in the second.
Peraza’s ball went into the packed seats in left field, where fans were packed waiting for a ball from Judge. The Yankees’ television broadcast reported that the family that received the ball from Peraza was at the game after his home in Fort Myers, Fla., was destroyed last week by Hurricane Ian. He DID say the family gave the ball to the Yankees and was ready to meet Peraza between games.
Josh Jung, the .198 rookie third baseman whose eighth-inning one-out single Monday night broke New York’s no-hitter bid, gave up two RBIs on his single to right field in the first.
Nathaniel Lowe singled with two outs before Garcia was hit by a pitch. Garcia slowed near third base on Jung’s hit, but went home when right fielder Marwin Gonzalez initially hesitated before throwing the ball into the infield.
González hit an RBI single that put the Yankees up 3-2 in the fifth inning after Peraza singled and stole second base.
Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out five and allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. Texas right-hander Jon Gray allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out three without walking.
Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres still wasn’t feeling well after suffering a late scratch Monday due to flu-like symptoms. … Reliever Ron Marinaccio was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress reaction to his right shin and will miss the AL Division Series. … Right-handed reliever Albert Abreu was reinstated from the disabled list after being out since Aug. 20 with right elbow inflammation.
RHP Gerrit Cole (13-7, 3.51) entered the night cup with 248 strikeouts, tied with Ron Guidry for the Yankees’ single-season record. The Rangers were going with a bullpen game in the night cup.