Didi hits 2 HRs, Stanton hitless vs Marlins, Yanks romp 12-1

  • New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius (18) raises his batting helmet to the crowd after hitting a solo home run, his second of the game, against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton was the only Yankees bopper who didn’t get in on the hit parade against his former team when New York played Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins for the first time.

Didi Gregorius homered twice for the second time this season, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and Aaron Judge became the fastest major leaguer to hit 60 career homers, powering the Yankees to a 12-1 rout Monday night.

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Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off the second deck in right field and a solo drive in the seventh that struck an ad behind the Yankees bullpen in right-center. He has five homers this season.

“We’re just seeing a really good player in the prime of his career,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

New York had 15 hits, including five doubles and three homers. Every starter except Stanton got at least one hit against the last-place Marlins, who dropped to 4-12.

Stanton was 0 for 3 with two more strikeouts , a bases-loaded foulout, a walk and a hit by pitch, prompting more boos from restless Yankees fans. It was his first regular-season game against the team he played for from 2010-17.

“It wasn’t that weird. I think once I go to Miami that will be pretty weird for me,” Stanton said. “It was just good to see the guys and, obviously, get a good win.”

Judge’s fourth home run this season gave him 60 in 197 games, five fewer than Mark McGwire. New York scored in each of the first five innings and built an 11-0 lead for Luis Severino (3-1), who allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and struck out eight.

Jeter did not attend the first game between the teams since the former Yankees captain became Marlins CEO last October.

Another former Yankees captain was in Miami’s dugout: Don Mattingly. Starting his third season as Marlins manager, Mattingly was welcomed by the Bleacher Creatures, who chanted “Don-nie Base-ball!” during their first-inning Roll Call. He tipped his cap in acknowledgement and later was given a video tribute.

“It’s always nice. Not giving up all those runs would have been a better greeting,” Mattingly said.

Stanton was a four-time All-Star, two-time NL home run champion and reigning NL MVP when he was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of a Jeter-directed payroll purge.

The slugger sent a foul ball into the left-field upper deck before his walk contributed to a two-run first against former Yankees pitcher Caleb Smith (0-2). Stanton’s fifth-inning strikeout triggered scattered boos, and loud ones followed when he fanned on three pitches in the seventh — raising his strikeout total to 27 in 15 games. Stanton is hitting .210 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

“It’s New York. You struggle, you pay, right? That’s all there is to it. It’s a day-in, day-out place. It don’t matter what you did last year,” Mattingly said before the game. “You don’t really have any money in the bank.”

Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler thought the fan reaction was unwarranted.

“I don’t like booing as a sign of displeasure for poor play,” he said. “The only time I ever think booing should be acceptable is when there’s a lack of effort.”

Second baseman Starlin Castro, traded to Miami as part of the Stanton deal, was 0 for 3.

Like Jeter, Mattingly spent his entire playing career with the Yankees. He was appointed captain by owner George Steinbrenner from 1991-95, a role held by Jeter from 2003-14.

“It’s like growing up in the same family with the same parents,” Mattingly said. “We both came through the system. You know what’s expected. There’s a way to go about your business, and I think that’s what Derek is bringing to the organization.”

NATIONALS 8, METS 6

Bryce Harper hit a startling, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning that sent Washington past New York.

The Nationals rallied against five pitchers in their big burst, winning for just the fourth time in 13 games. The Mets had been off to the best start in franchise history behind the top bullpen in the majors before collapsing.

Trailing 6-1, Washington combined five hits, three walks and a hit batter to take the lead.

Harper’s two-run single off Jerry Blevins made it 6-3. Wilmer Difo tied it with a two-out, two-run single off Jeurys Familia, and Michael A. Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk from the Mets closer for the go-ahead run.

Howie Kendrick added a solo homer in the ninth.

Harper’s major league-leading eighth home run was a show of shear power and strength. His bat broke into two pieces, but the ball still flew an estimated 406 feet to right-center field.

Harper connected for a solo drive in the first inning off Jacob deGrom, who struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets pitcher this season. He left with two on, one out and a five-run lead.

A.J. Cole (1-1) got the win despite giving up Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run homer in the seventh that made it 6-1. Ryan Madson earned his second save.

AJ Ramos (0-1) took the loss.

DODGERS 10, PADRES 3

SAN DIEGO — Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) struck out nine in six strong innings.

Grandal, acquired from San Diego in a trade for Kemp in December 2014, hit his third career slam with two outs in the ninth off Kazuhisa Makita.

Kemp drove the first pitch he saw from lefty Robbie Erlin (0-2) to left-center to highlight the third inning, which was a mess for the Padres.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva and right fielder Hunter Renfroe committed errors that allowed Chris Taylor and Corey Seager to reach safely at the start of the inning. Enrique Hernandez hit an RBI single, Cody Bellinger had a base hit and Kemp launched his second home run for a 6-2 lead.

RAYS 8, RANGERS 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine to help Tampa Bay stop a four-game losing streak.

Smith bunted for a single against Martin Perez (1-2) in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead. He doubled and scored in the third on his way to a second four-hit game in eight days.

Snell (2-1) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Joey Gallo became the first left-handed hitter to homer against Snell, who has made 47 career starts. Nomar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs. C.J. Cron and Daniel Robertson homered for Tampa Bay. Perez gave up seven earned runs and 10 hits in four innings.

ROCKIES 6, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, German Marquez pitched six effective innings and Colorado kept its road surge going.

Story bounced back from a miserable series in Washington by going 2 for 3 and driving in three runs, all of them coming when he sent a pitch from Steven Brault (2-1) into the bleachers in left field with one out in the fourth at frigid and blustery PNC Park to break open a close game.

Charlie Blackmon added his team-leading seventh home run of the season for Colorado. The Rockies have won five of six overall and are 8-2 in their last 10 games away from Coors Field.

Marquez (1-1) held the Pirates without a hit until a one-out triple by Francisco Cervelli in the fifth. He left after six innings, giving up two runs, two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

MARINERS 2, ASTROS 1

SEATTLE — James Paxton delivered six strong innings, Nelson Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep and Seattle ended a six-game skid against Houston.

Paxton (1-1) allowed a leadoff homer to George Springer in the first inning but was solid after that, striking out seven over six innings.

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel (0-3) with two outs in the fourth. Dee Gordon’s RBI double made it 2-1 in the sixth, putting Paxton in line for the win.

Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.

BRAVES 2, PHILLIES 1

ATLANTA — Julio Teheran outpitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of success at SunTrust Park and Atlanta snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.

Teheran (1-1) allowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. He began the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers allowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ second-year stadium, but Teheran kept the Phillies guessing with a tough slider.

Atlanta became the last team in the majors to record a save as closer Arodys Vizcaino ended it on Carlos Santana’s groundout.

Nola (1-1) gave up four hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. The Phillies’ 24-year-old ace struck out two.

REDS 10, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE — Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and Cincinnati ended an eight-game losing streak.

The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games this season. Cincinnati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the majors. Joey Votto had an RBI double for his first extra-base hit of the season.

Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (1-2) shut out the Brewers for six innings before allowing four runs in the seventh.

Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out four.

ATHLETICS 8, WHITE SOX 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Daniel Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and Oakland won before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum.

Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Piscotty had two hits and an RBI for the A’s. Oakland has won consecutive games for the first time this season.

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Mengden (2-2) had allowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts but was dominant against Chicago.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) allowed a leadoff homer to Olson in the fourth and gave up two runs over six innings.

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