MLB Recaps: Judge’s two bombs power Yankees

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June 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm.

Jun 11, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run to left center field during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 11, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run to left center field during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit the longest homer in the major leagues this season with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and homered again in the seventh as the New York Yankees rolled to a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Judge became the first player to reach 20 homers in the majors when he drove a 1-1 slider from Logan Verrett well over the left-center field fence for a 496-foot blast. An inning later, with the Yankees already leading 12-3, Judge lined a 2-2 fastball from Jimmy Yacobonis over the center field wall. The second homer went 401 feet.

Gary Sanchez hit a 450-foot, three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Kevin Gausman (3-5) and became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in homers. Starlin Castro also added a two-run homer in the sixth as the Yankees won their fifth straight.

Angels 12, Astros 6

HOUSTON — Eric Young Jr. smacked a three-run homer to cap a six-run outburst in the fifth inning that lifted Los Angeles to a victory and a three-game series win over Houston at Minute Maid Park.

The Angels handed the Astros only their fourth series loss this season and first by a team outside the American League Central. They did so by mounting a stunning response against two Houston pitchers immediately after the Astros took a 6-4 lead with a two-out rally a half-inning earlier.

Young delivered the biggest blow, snapping a 6-6 tie by depositing a slider from Michael Feliz (2-1) into the right-field seats. Young finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Albert Pujols began the scoring with a homer with two outs in the top of the first inning.

Cardinals 6, Phillies 5

ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a three-run homer in the fifth inning that sent St. Louis to a win over Philadelphia.

The victory completed a sweep of the three-game series for the Cardinals and extended the Phillies’ losing streak to five games.

Aaron Nola (3-4) allowed two hits through the first four innings before Kolten Wong led off the fifth for the Cardinals with a double. Greg Garcia drew a walk before Fowler slammed a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his ninth homer of the season.

Cubs 7, Rockies 5

CHICAGO — Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to lead Chicago to a victory over Colorado.

Russell hit his fourth home run to give the Cubs the lead and help them avoid a four-game sweep. The Rockies saw their seven-game winning streak — their longest since 2013 — snapped. Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero also homered for Chicago, which ended a four-game losing streak to return to .500.

Schwarber followed Russell’s home run with his first career pinch-hit homer and 11th of the season. Jordan Lyles (0-2) gave up both homers after Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela fell short of becoming the first nine-game winner in the National League.

Rays 5, Athletics 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mallex Smith went 3-for-3 and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson to lift Tampa Bay to a win over Oakland.

Smith, called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday to replace injured Kevin Kiermaier, reached first on a bunt single, and Daniel Coulombe made a throwing error that allowed Smith to wind up on third. The next batter, Dickerson, hit the first pitch from Coulombe into right field and Smith tagged up and scored to give the Rays a 5-4 lead.

Oakland’s Stephen Vogt had a two-run single in the top of the second inning that scored Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy. Vogt struck again in the top of the fourth with a double off Archer that scored Alonso and gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead before the Rays rallied in the fifth. Smith had an RBI double to score Daniel Robertson, and Dickerson and Evan Longoria followed with RBI hits to tie it 3-3.

Mets 2, Braves 1

ATLANTA — Seth Lugo allowed just one run in seven innings and New York defeated Atlanta to take three of the four games in the series.

Pitching with a partially torn elbow ligament, Lugo allowed six hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out six in his first start of the season. Lugo (1-0) also contributed at the plate with a double in the third inning and scored on a two-out single by Juan Lagares to break an early tie.

A successful video review challenge kept the Mets ahead in the fifth, changing a run-scoring fielder’s choice into an inning-ending double play hit into by Matt Adams.

Pirates 3, Marlins 1

PITTSBURGH — Ivan Nova pitched six scoreless innings and Elias Diaz drove in two runs as Pittsburgh beat Miami at PNC Park.

Nova (6-4) was perfect through three innings, including striking out the side in the second. He allowed one hit (a single), struck out four and walked none. Felipe Rivero pitched 1 1/3 innings for his second save.

Pittsburgh opened a 2-0 lead in the first when Jose Osuna and David Freese hit back-to-back singles and Diaz drove them in with a double.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the eighth with a homer for Miami.

Indians 4, White Sox 2

CLEVELAND — Erik Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI, and Carlos Carrasco pitched into the sixth inning as Cleveland beat Chicago at Progressive Field.

Carrasco (6-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Cody Allen pitched the ninth inning to pick up his 15th save.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Edwin Encarnacion doubled and later scored on a two-out single by Roberto Perez. The Indians extended their lead in the fourth when Jose Ramirez scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez followed with a single to make it 3-0.