Judge HR in 8th breaks maple leaf sign in deep center, sends Yankees past Jays 6-3

Miami Marlins Yuli Gurriel (10) pours a bucket of gum on Jorge Soler, after Soler hit a two-run- home run in the ninth inning Tuesday in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge is congratulated for his two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Aaron Judge’s tiebreaking, two-run homer broke a large maple leaf attached to the front of the Rogers Centre’s restaurant, lifting the New York Yankees to a contentious 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night after pitcher Domingo Germán was ejected for sticky stuff.

Judge was booed while striking out in his first two at-bats following allegations of sign stealing Monday, when he hit a pair of solo homers in a 7-4 win.


With the score 3-3 in the eighth inning Tuesday, Judge stared straight ahead at Erik Swanson (2-2). His 448-foot drive to center chipped a corner of a white maple leaf below the windows of a redesigned social area that opened this year as part of the ballpark’s renovation. He has 11 homers this season.

Ryan Weber (1-0) allowed three hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first Yankees decision. Wandy Peralta earned his third save. Gleyber Torres had two hits and two RBIs. Torres and Harrison Bader each drove in a run in the third and Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit his first homer of the season.

Germán was ejected after he walked to the mound to start the bottom of the fourth and umpires checked his hands for banned sticky stuff.

Toronto got four straight two-out hits in the fifth. Kevin Kiermaier homered, Bo Bichette hit an RBI double and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chased Ron Marinaccio with an RBI single.

Guerrero was removed from the game after eight innings. He appeared to hurt a leg while fielding Torres’ popped bunt in the top half.


MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Soler hit a two-run, walk-off homer as Miami rallied to beat Washington.

The Marlins were down to their last out when Garrett Cooper doubled off reliever Hunter Harvey (2-1). Luis Arraez singled to score Cooper and pull Miami within 4-3. Pinch-runner Jon Berti stole second before Soler drove a 3-2 pitch by Harvey over the wall in left-center for his 10th homer and the come-from-behind win.

Arraez and Cooper each had two hits, Andrew Nardi (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the victory.

Trailing 2-1, the Nationals scored three runs in the eighth inning against relievers Huascar Brazoban and Steven Okert. Jeimer Candelario hit a game-tying single off Brazoban, and Dominic Smith tagged Okert for a two-run single and a short-lived 4-2 lead.


BOSTON (AP) — Masataka Yoshida doubled, tripled and drove in three runs while scoring on a wild pitch, and Boston ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.

Justin Turner, Triston Casas and Jarren Duran homered for Boston, which was swept by the last-place St. Louis Cardinals and lost the series opener to Seattle.

Nick Pivetta (3-3) allowed four runs on six hits and four walks, striking out six in 5 1/3 innings.

Taylor Trammell homered for Seattle, which had won three out of four and 10 of 14 since starting the season 11-16.

Luis Castillo (2-2) allowed seven runs — five earned — on six hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Isaac Paredes homered twice and drove in five runs, ruining Justin Verlander’s home debut for New York, as Tampa Bay rolled to the win.

Jose Siri also went deep and Harold Ramírez had two RBI singles among his three hits for the Rays, who improved the best record in baseball to 32-11. Yonny Chirinos (2-1) got 14 outs in relief after opener Jalen Beeks tossed two scoreless innings.

New York trailed 6-0 before Brett Baty homered and Pete Alonso launched a two-run shot. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar connected for a two-run homer in the ninth off Jake Diekman.

The 40-year-old Verlander (1-2) served up both long balls to Paredes and was tagged for six runs on eight hits over five innings in his third start for the staggering Mets.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adolis García extended his MLB-leading RBIs total to 44 with a two-run homer, Dane Dunning was solid while filling the rotation spot of injured ace Jacob deGrom and Texas beat Atlanta in an interleague matchup of division leaders and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Dunning (4-0) allowed one run over six innings in his third start since deGrom went on the injured list April 29 because of elbow inflammation. He had four strikeouts without a walk. Will Smith picked up his eighth save in nine chances.

Ronald Acuña Jr. homered for the third game in a row for the NL East-leading Braves (26-16), who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Jared Shuster (0-2), Atlanta’s top pitching prospected recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, didn’t allow a hit until a leadoff single in the fourth. Nathaniel Lowe had an RBI double before García’s 11th homer.

Jonah Heim drove in a run and extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active in the majors, with a single in the sixth. Marcus Semien and Robbie Grossman had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh and Ezequiel Duran homered in the eighth.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run homer and doubled after entering the game as a pinch-hitter, and Baltimore defeated Los Angeles.

Dean Kremer (5-1) rebounded after allowing a homer by Mickey Moniak to lead off the game, winning his third straight start, and Ryan O’Hearn also homered for Baltimore. O’Hearn started as designated hitter in the No. 9 spot, but after his solo shot in the second tied the game at 1, Mountcastle pinch-hit for him after the Angels lifted right-hander Chase Silseth (0-1) in the fourth.

Cedric Mullins, Jorge Mateo and Tarrin Vavra also drove in runs for Baltimore.

Zach Neto hit an RBI single for the Angels in the fifth and Gio Urshela added one in the sixth. Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout each went 0 for 4.


DETROIT (AP) — Michael Lorenzen had a season-high seven strikeouts in six innings, Spencer Torkelson doubled twice and Detroit beat slumping Pittsburgh.

Lorenzen (2-2) gave up five hits and two walks and has allowed just two runs in his last three starts. Riley Greene had three hits.

Shut out for the second time in three games, Pittsburgh has lost 12 of 14 games while scoring just 22 runs. Luis Ortiz (0-2) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in three-plus innings.

The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on Javier Baez’s run-scoring single and Torkelson’s RBI double.


CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Robert Jr. homered for the fourth straight game, Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger went deep off Shane Bieber in Chicago’s six-run fifth inning in a victory over Cleveland.

Lance Lynn (2-5) allowed three runs — one earned — on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

Robert’s solo shot to deep left in the eighth was his AL-leading 12th homer of the season. He became the first White Sox player to homer in four consecutive games since Matt Davidson in 2017.

Sheets’ three-run shot and Burger’s two-run drive were among six straight hits by the White Sox with two outs in the fifth as Chicago jumped ahead 6-0.


HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez had two hits and drove in two runs and Chas McCormick added two hits and made a nifty grab in Houston’s win over Chicago.

Justin Steele (6-1) hadn’t given up more than three runs in a game this season before the Astros jumped on him for four runs in the fourth inning for a 5-1 lead. Steele allowed five hits and five runs with eight strikeouts in six innings.

The Astros had four of their season-high six doubles in that inning en route to their third consecutive victory. Houston starter Cristian Javier (4-1) allowed two hits and one run in six innings for his second straight win.

Chicago rookie Matt Mervis hit his first major league homer and Seiya Suzuki added a two-run shot in the ninth inning.

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