New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 49th and 50th home runs in Monday’s 11-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, breaking Mark McGwire’s rookie record set in 1987.
Judge belted his first home run of the game off Royals starter Jakob Junis (8-3) in the third inning to tie McGwire’s mark, then broke it with a solo shot in the seventh.
C.C. Sabathia (13-5) allowed three runs over 6.0 innings, striking out four batters while allowing two walks. He now has a 3.84 ERA on the season.
The Yankees got to Junis early, with Didi Gregorius scoring Brett Gardner on an RBI ground out in the first inning. Judge extended the lead to 3-0 with his first homer of the game in the third.
The margin was extended to 6-0 in the sixth inning with an RBI double by Matt Holliday and a two-run homer by Greg Bird.
The Royals finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning with homers by Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas to chase Sabathia from the game without recording an out in the inning.
Chad Green took over and pitched a scoreless inning for his eighth hold of the season, with David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle also turning in scoreless innings to close the Royals out.
Judge’s 50th homer of the season was a shot to left center field, and Gary Sanchez also hit his 33rd homer of the season in the bottom of the seventh. The Yankees added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
NOTES: Judge has now hit 13 home runs in September, his most in any month this season. He has also hit at least one homer against every American League team. … Gregorius was 3-for-5 with two RBIs to increase his batting average to .290.