Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American-League single-season home run record on Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre as the New York Yankees rolled past the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-3.
Judge hit his record-tying 61st homer in the top of the seventh inning, launching a two-run shot over the left-field wall off Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza. His homer broke a 3-3 tie immediately after Toronto had rallied to even the score in the bottom of the sixth.
Josh Donaldson, Oswald Peraza, and Harrison Bader contributed offensively as they all had RBI singles. Marwin Gonzalez chipped in with a sacrifice fly. Aaron Hicks collected three of the team’s 11 hits.
Gerrit Cole was perfect through five innings and then ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing three runs on three hits. Zack Britton, Scott Effross, Clarke Schmidt, and Aroldis Chapman all had scoreless appearances.
The Yankees will get the day off Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night in the Bronx. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.