Judge reaches 43rd HR, Yanks beat Ms 7-2 to win home mark

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NEW YORK — – Aaron Judge hit his 43rd major league homer, Jose Trevino made his first multihomer and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Monday night in a game opener between teams preparing for the playoffs.

Anthony Rizzo began the assault with a three-run homer in the first, and New York notched its 31st straight home win record (41-13), just behind its Big League standard of 47 straight from 1918 -64. The Yankees are 70-34, the first team to reach 70 wins this year.

Prior to the game, the Yankees acquired starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from Oakland, three days after Seattle secured Luis Castillo, perhaps the best starter available on the trade market. Castillo is lined up to start the series finale on Wednesday against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.

“Just a dominant starter, I’ve been a dominant starter for quite a while now,” Judge said of Montas. “He’s got some ridiculous stuff and just glad we don’t have to deal with that later on.”

Rizzo gave the Yankees the lead first with a three-run homer off Marco Gonzales (6-11). The drive over the Yankees bullpen on the right was Rizzo’s fourth homer in six games and took his season total to 26 with 65 RBIs.

“He’s a really good hitter who finds a little rhythm,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He worked hard to find that sweet spot.”

After Kyle Lewis’ solo homer in second against Domingo Germán (1-1), Judge hit a two-run drive into the bottom half. Judge also leads the majors with 93 RBIs.

Trevino homered in the fourth and added a drive in Monument Park in the eighth against Ryan Borucki. The first-time All-Star has all nine homers this year, matching his total in the previous four big league seasons, and set a career high with 32 RBIs.

Seattle has lost seven of 11 since entering the All-Star break on a 14-game winning streak.

Adam Frazier hit a run in the fourth against Germán, who won for the first time in three starts since coming off the injured list. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings with three walks and one strikeout.

With Alex Rodriguez sitting behind home plate, the judge hit a drive from 420 feet, sending a first-pitch fastball at 87.4 mph into the visitor’s bullpen in left field, after doubling on the first pitch he saw in front of the Rizzo circuit.

“It’s fun to see what he’s doing right now,” Boone said. “So I obviously think that was part of his game plan tonight, being aggressive. I got what he was looking for on the first two at bats and put some great swings on it.”

Judge is on pace for 67 home runs, six more than the Yankees record set by Roger Maris in 1961. Judge hit 43 home runs in his 101st game and New York’s 104th game while Maris hit his 43rd in his 114th game and the Yankees’ 115th on August 12, 1961.

He joined Barry Bonds (2001), Mark McGwire (1998) and Babe Ruth (1921) as the fourth player to hit at least 43 home runs in his team’s first 104 games.

“Aaron Judge is having a monster season and you have to be really good and run around the edges with your fastball, and we couldn’t do that,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Eligible for free agency after the World Series, Judge has 10 homers in 12 games since the All-Star break and 13 in his last 16 games.

Ron Marinaccio, Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Loáisiga and Wandy Peralta combined for scoreless one-hit relief.

Gonzales allowed six runs for the first time since allowing seven on July 3 at Texas. He had nine hits in 5 1/3 innings and for the second time in three starts tied his career high of three homers allowed.

MEETING WITH CASTILLO

Luis Castillo showed up in Seattle after being acquired from Cincinnati on Friday night for four prospects and kicked off a bullpen session in front of an audience of teammates and coaches.

“The guys were very excited about what they saw there, as it should be,” Servais said. “He’s got some elite stuff.”

Castillo also faced the Yankees with the Reds on July 14, when he accepted a no-hitter offer in the sixth.

SAILORS MOVE

Seattle traded LHP Anthony Misiewicz to Kansas City for cash. Misiewicz was 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 17 appearances before being designated for assignment Sunday. The Mariners also claimed DE Travis Jankowski from waivers from the Mets, who designated him for assignment on Friday. Jankowski averaged .167 batting in 43 games with the Mets.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 1B Ty France missed a second game in a row with left wrist pain. Manager Servais said France were feeling better but were not yet ready to swing.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat) pitched for the first time since going on the disabled list on July 14. Severino was also transferred to IL 60 days with RHP Miguel Castro (strained right shoulder). … RHP Clarke Schmidt was picked for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and RHP Carlos Espinal had his contract selected from Scranton.

NEXT

Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert (10-4, 2.78 ERA) takes on New York RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.72) on Tuesday.

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