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Aaron Judge homers twice as Yankees top Brewers to avoid sweep

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  • Kyle Evans 

Aaron Judge crushed his Major League-leading 58th and 59th home runs as the New York Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-8, on Sunday afternoon at American Family Park. With the victory, New York avoided the three-game sweep.

Judge is now two homers shy of tying Roger Maris’ single-season American League record for long balls in a regular season. Judge is also on the Triple Crown watch as he is hitting .316 after collecting four hits.

Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup after missing about three weeks with a lower-back issue and provided a jolt as he recorded three hits, including his 31st homer. Oswaldo Cabrera had a nice afternoon at the plate as he notched three hits, including his second Major League home run. Aaron Hicks, who has struggled offensively this season, belted his first long ball since July 9. Kyle Higashioka added three RBIs, and Giancarlo Stanton chipped in with an RBI.

Gerrit Cole started on the mound and allowed four runs over five innings while walking three and striking out eight. Clarke Schmidt and Wandy Peralta each surrendered a pair of runs in relief.

The Yankees will get the day off on Monday before they begin a quick two-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.