NEW YORK (Neth.) – Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a grand slam that ended the game, completing the New York Yankees’ stunning five-run, ninth-innings rally by Tuesday night’s Pittsburgh Pirates 9- 8 to beat.
Judge came in on one of Roger Maris’ American League records when he turned a sinker off right-handed Wil Crowe (5-10) starting the inning (5-10) and drove it 430 feet into the left field blender, pushing New York to 8- 5.
Judge took a rare call, forced by his teammates.
“I really didn’t want to do it,” he said.
Judge matched the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit for the 1927 Yankees to set a major league record that stood for 34 years. It came from a pitcher whose great-granduncle, Hall of Famer Red Ruffing, was Ruth’s teammate with the Yankees in the 1930s.
“He did what he had to do with it,” Crowe said, “count 3-1, I’m not going to put it on it. I felt like I wanted to go after him. Started out, came back in. He put a good swing on a bad pitch.”
Anthony Rizzo doubled, Gleyber Torres walked and Josh Donaldson singled to load the bases. Stanton, mired in a 9-for-72 slump, sent half a dozen rows of substitutions to the left field seats to cause a raucous feast among what was left of the crowd of 40,157 at Yankee Stadium.
Stanton’s low drive was measured at 118 mph.
“I’ve gone a little crazy,” Judge said. “That’s Giancarlo Stanton’s signature laser from 10 feet.”
Roger Maris Jr. and Kevin Maris, sons of the former player, were both present. Every time Judge walked up to the plate, specially marked balls were used. Fans stood in the outfield seats and many moaned with every foul ball.
Aroldis Chapman (3-3) threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Bryan Reynolds made it 4-4 with a homerun in the seventh inning off Lou Trivino and had a leading single off Jonathan Loaisiga in the eighth for his fourth basehit.
Rodolfo Castro — the player who was suspended from a Major League Baseball game last month after a cell phone flew out of his pocket during a headfirst slide — followed with a three-run home run against Clay Holmes.
Holmes, an All-Star who slumped in the second half, first pitched against his former team.
Harrison Bader had a pair of leading basehits and scored three runs in his debut for the Yankees. First baseman Anthony Rizzo committed a key error that led to the four-run eighth inning for the already eliminated Pirates.
Reynolds also committed a three base error on a dropped fly in the middle, one of two errors by a team leading the top division with 108.
Nestor Cortes stopped his leg twice in a double hesitation by Reynolds in the third inning, but gave up a single in the middle.
Former Yankees 3B Charlie Hayes, who caught the 1996 World Series final, threw a ceremonial first pitch to his son, Pirates 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Pittsburgh promoted six players to Triple-A Indianapolis after the end of the season at Double-A Altoona: RHP’s Quinn Priester and Colin Selby, 2B-C-OF Endy Rodriguez, INF Aaron Shackelford, 3B Malcom Nunez, OR Matt Gorski. “Now we have 10 days of at bats to get to,” said manager Derek Shelton. “Losing 2020 was so important to organizations like ours. The more reps we can get them, the better it is.”
Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas received a second cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder and went on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Saturday. … LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John Surgery) threw a one-hit inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his eighth rehab outing. RHP Miguel Castro (shoulder strained) threw a hitless inning for the RailRiders.
New York RHP Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45) starts Wednesday after recovering from a lat strain that has sidelined him since July 13. RHP Roansy Contreras (5-4, 3.24) pitches for the Pirates.
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