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Aaron Judge homers twice as Yankees take series opener from Guardians

The New York Yankees bounced back from Thursday’s loss to the Detroit Tigers with a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Right-hander Jameson Taillon got the start for the Yankees and allowed just one run over five innings while striking out five.

Michael King was the first one out of the bullpen and he was outstanding. He fired three shutout innings and struck out eight, including seven in a row. He is the first Yankees reliever with at least eight strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed in a game since Ron Davis did it on May 4, 1981. Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless ninth and picked up the save.

Aaron Judge led the offense with his 17th multi-home run game of his career.

Judge belted a two-run homer into the Yankees bullpen in the third to put New York up 2-0.

Franmil Reyes put Cleveland on the board in the top of the fourth with a solo shot to right. In the bottom half of the inning, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hammered a two-out, RBI single to left-center to make it 3-1.

Judge lined his second home run of the game over the right-field wall in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-1.

LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single to center.

Nestor Cortes gets the ball on Saturday afternoon as the Yankees try to secure a series victory. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.