NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Aaron Judge hit two of the Yankees’ six singles homers on rookie Matt Swarmer, and New York beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Saturday night for their 10th win in 11 games.
Giancarlo Stanton, Gleber Torres, Jose Trevino and former cub Anthony Rizzo also went up against the 28-year-old right-handed batsman as the Yankees hit their most homers against Toronto since September 17, 2020.
Batting in the leadoff for the fourth time this year, Judge hit the second leadoff homer of his career, sending a 1-0 fastball from Swarmer (1-1) into the left-field seats. Judge added his major league-leading 24, one of three home runs in fifth.
Stanton made a 436-foot drive from the front of the left-field second deck in the fourth for his 360th homer—one shy of DiMaggio’s. Stanton’s 119.8 mph drive was the toughest home run in the major leagues this season. Of the 42 homers that hit 119 mph or more since Statcast began tracking in 2015, Stanton has 31.
New York leads the majors with 94 home runs and is 23-1 when both Judge and Stanton homers, including 7-0 this year.
The Yankees are a major league-best 43-16. Four times he won at least 43 of his first 59 games, winning the World Series in 1928, 1939, 1953 and 1998.
Jordan Montgomery (2-1) allowed five hits in seven innings, scored five runs, made no runs and was dismissed 12 through ground balls.
Ron Marinaccio and Lucas Luetge played a hitless innings each, and the Yankees tied the Mets for a big league lead with the Yankees — their ninth shutout at this point of the season since 1967.
Chicago lost its fifth straight this season, equaling its longest skid, and dropped a season-worst 12 games under .500 at 23-35. Schwarmer allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings in the third start of his career, increasing his ERA from 1.50 to 4.24.
The Cubs have been in the scoring position with runners in 40 at-bats since Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double in the eighth inning on Sunday against St. Louis.
Torres followed Stanton’s drive by homing in for a second straight night and with 12 this season tallied his totals for 2020 and 21.
Trevino raised his average to .309 with three hits and had a career-best five home runs in 102 plate appearances, the total he reached with Texas at 302 last year.
After Stanton and Torres went back-to-back, Trevino hit a drive from a left field foul pole in the sixth. The judge later placed the two batsmen in left-center field seats. Rizzo made it 6-0 when he grabbed right field seats and flipped his bat before completing his trot around the bases.
Isiah Kinner-Falefa had an RBI single and the judge added a sacrificial fly in the sixth.
Chicago rookie Christopher Morrell scored 0 for 4 and watched his on-base streak finish his career in 22 games. It was the longest by a Cubs rookie and the longest by a first-year player since Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli opened his career in 2003 by reaching 24 straight for Tampa Bay.
Cubs: Placed LHP Wade Miley on 15 day IL with a left shoulder strain. Miley became active on Friday but lasted three innings before she broke out. Siya Suzuki remained on the IL due to a sprained left ring finger. He has practiced batting and can be active on Sunday. … 2B Nick Madrigal (Gearing) was dropped from the starting lineup. … RHP Michael Rucker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Miley.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) throws a bullpen session.
RHP Keegan Thompson (6-1, 3.17 ERA), after his first loss this year, will start for the Cubs on Sunday night against Yankees RHP Jameson Talon (6-1, 2.73).
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