NEW YORK – Aaron Judge insists he's not quite locked in at the plate yet. Tell that to his teammates — or the Boston Red Sox.
The big slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, connecting for the fifth straight game and breaking an eighth-inning tie with a tape-measure shot that powered the New York Yankees past Boston 9-7 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
“I really think he’s on a mission right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Luke Voit also went deep in a back-and-forth slugfest to help the Yankees (7-1) finish a three-game sweep in the first series this season between the longtime rivals. New York has won six in a row and 11 of 12 against Boston since last July.
“Awesome game,” leadoff man DJ LeMahieu said. “Just one of those games, you know, we kind of all had the feeling we were going to win and we were going to push in front at some point.”
LeMahieu tied it 7-all in the eighth with a two-out RBI single off Matt Barnes (0-1) past diving second baseman José Peraza. The clutch hit came after Mike Tauchman, who entered on defense in the seventh, walked and stole second.
“We needed that win,” Barnes said. “Two outs and can’t walk the 9-hole hitter.”
Judge then launched a 2-0 breaking ball, a no-doubt drive projected at 468 feet that landed several rows up in the raised bleachers beyond the left-center bullpen for his sixth home run already this year.