NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge went 0 for 2 with two walks and was hit by a pitch on Saturday, remaining at 61 homers on the 61st anniversary of Roger Maris setting the American League record as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0.
Judge reached base leading off to spark a three-run first and a four-run seventh and also struck out twice. He leads the AL with 110 walks.
A 2-0 cutter from Austin Voth (5-4) glanced off Judge's left arm in the first, and he walked on five pitches in the second. Judge struck out on a full-count curveball in the fourth — at 2:43 p.m., 61 years to the minute when Maris hit his 61st off Boston's Tracy Stallard across the street at old Yankee Stadium on Oct. 1, 1961.
Judge is in contention to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade. He leads in RBIs and at .313 is second in batting to Minnesota's Luis Arraez.
Nestor Cortes (12-4) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, pitching one-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings and walking two. Jorge Mateo singled over leaping shortstop Oswald Peraza with two outs in the fifth.
NATIONALS 13, PHILLIES 4, GAME 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bid by interim manager Rob Thomson and the Philadelphia Phillies to end the club's 11-year playoff drought was hurt by a loss to Washington in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
The Game 1 loss for the fading Phillies was their sixth defeat in their past seven outings.
Phillies starter Kyle Gibson (10-8) was rocked for eight hits and seven runs in six innings, including homers by Luke Voit and Joey Meneses. Five consecutive batters delivered hits — and all five scored — in the second for the Nationals, owners of the worst record in the majors at 55-102.
Voit, Meneses and Luis García homered for Washington, which had lost its past nine games against Philadelphia. García, who drove in five runs, and Meneses, who scored four and knocked in four, each had three hits.
Aníbal Sánchez (4-6) got the win.
BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 0
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández homered, doubled twice and singled, Danny Jansen drove in five runs and Toronto moved one step closer to wrapping up the top spot in the AL wild-card race by routing Boston.
The Blue Jays began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Seattle atop the wild-card standings.
Ross Stripling (10-4) and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as Toronto shut out the Red Sox for the second straight day. Bo Bichette went 4 for 4 as Toronto opened October with a 21-hit outburst.
Making his final start of the season, Boston rookie right-hander Brayan Bello (2-8) allowed four runs and a career-high 10 hits in four innings.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Castillo struck out eight in six innings of two-hit ball and Seattle beat Oakland to keep pace with Toronto Blue Jays in the bid to host an AL wild-card series.
Castillo (8-6) retired 16 in a row to help Seattle to its fourth consecutive win. The Mariners rested most of their key starters a day after securing a wild-card berth, ending the longest playoff drought in major professional sports in North America.
Leadoff hitter Dylan Moore doubled off opener Adam Oller (2-8) to start the game, and scored on Santana's RBI single two batters later. Sam Haggerty's two-out single brought home Santana and Luis Torrens later in the inning for a 3-1 lead.
ROYALS 7, GUARDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Salvador Perez had four hits and drove in a pair of runs, Kris Bubic struck out a season-high eight and Kansas City beat AL Central champion Cleveland.
Perez collected three singles and a solo homer in four plate appearances, spoiling the return of Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (3-12) following a one-month stay on the injured list with a broken pitching hand.
Cleveland has won 10 of 12 and is an MLB-best 21-5 since Sept. 5.
Bubic (3-13) tossed five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, in snapping his career-long losing streak at seven. The left-hander had not won since July 24 against Tampa Bay.
Drew Waters homered for the second straight day, Kyle Isbel had a two-run double and MJ Melendez doubled twice for Kansas City. Bobby Witt Jr. singled and stole his AL rookie-leading 29th base.
TIGERS 3, TWINS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase had three hits, including a home run, and Detroit beat Minnesota.
The Tigers have won seven of eight. The Twins will have to win their final four games to finish with a .500 season.
With the score tied at 2 in the sixth, Javier Báez was hit by a pitch from Ronny Henriquez (0-1). Báez moved to second on a fly ball. Harold Castro grounded to first baseman Luis Arraez, but he missed Henriquez with his throw, allowing Báez to score the go-ahead run.
Daniel Norris (2-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Andrew Chafin picked up his second save after A.J. Hinch used closer Gregory Soto in the eighth.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, GIANTS 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Alcántara had a pair of two-run doubles for Arizona in its win over San Francisco. The Giants were eliminated from postseason contention.
Christian Walker went 3 for 5 with an RBI double, finishing a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, for Arizona. Josh Rojas added two RBIs and Cooper Hummel had a sacrifice fly for the Diamondbacks. Jordan Luplow had three hits.
J.D. Davis and Mike Yastrzemski homered for San Francisco, which ended its five-game winning streak. Drey Jameson (3-0) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings.
Jakob Junis (5-7) went 4 2/3 frames, surrendering four runs on eight hits to take the loss.
CUBS 2, REDS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Seiya Suzuki hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Chicago won its sixth in a row by topping Cincinnati.
Suzuki's two-out drive to left-center against Derek Law (2-3) was Chicago's first hit since the fourth and the last of three on the day. But the Cubs also had six walks and made the most of a strong performance by their bullpen.
Cincinnati dropped its fifth straight game and 18th in its last 22 overall. It needs to win three of its last four — all against Chicago — to avoid the franchise's second 100-loss season.
Wade Miley (2-2) got the win.
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