Judge Hits 49th HR as Yankees Beat A’s


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New York Yankees 3, Oakland Athletics 2

Gerrit Cole got his first win since July 17 by striking out 11. Aaron Judge hit his 49th home run of the season and the 200th for the Yankees in the fifth inning, and New York beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night.

Cole (10-6) gave up one run on three hits over 7 and a third innings. Before that, he hadn’t won in six starts since beating Boston last month. For the eighth time in his career, he won more than 10 games.

Cole made his seventh start of the season in which he struck out at least 10 batters. Since 2017, he has struck out 1,335, which is more than anyone else in the major leagues.

Jonah Bride homered against Cole in the seventh. Wandy Peralta finished the 2-hour, 50-minute game for his third save after Jonathan Loáisiga got the final two outs of the eighth.

New York played another former Yankee. JP Sears (5-1) faced his former team for the first time since joining Oakland at the deadline.

Sears allowed three runs on Judge’s homer, eight hits, and four walks in six innings. Oakland allowed 20 hits in a 13-4 loss the night before, the most since July 1, 2018.

Judge walked in his other three plate appearances, once intentionally, with friends from his church in Stockton. He needs three homers to match his 2017 AL Rookie of the Year total of 52.

The Oakland Athletics have lost four of their last five games overall, while the New York Yankees have won all five of their matchups against them so far in this season’s season series.


RHP Domingo Germán (2-2, 3.89 ERA) starts on Saturday. In his last six games, he has given up three runs or less, which is the second-longest streak of this kind in his career.

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