Aaron Judge is next at 61 home runs; yankees win game

Aaron Judge went 0-for-2 with two walks and was hit by a pitch on Saturday, remaining at 61 home runs on the 61st anniversary of Roger Maris setting the American League record as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0. Judge got on base early to spark a three-run first and a four-run seventh while also striking out twice. He leads the American League with 110 walks.

A 2-0 cut by Austin Voth (5-4) ricocheted off Judge’s left arm in the first, and he walked on five pitches in the second. Judge struck out on a full-count curveball in the fourth, at 2:43 p.m., 61 per minute when Maris hit his 61 off Boston’s Tracy Stallard across the street at old Yankee Stadium on March 1. October 1961.

Judge is in contention to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade. He leads in RBIs and at .313 is second in batting behind Minnesota’s Luis Arraez. Néstor Cortés (12-4) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, pitching one-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings and walking two. Jorge Mateo singled over jumping shortstop Oswald Peraza with two outs in the fifth.

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