Yankees 8-3 Angels: Judge homers, Soto triple bring victory

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Alex Verdugo after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.

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New York Yankees 8-3 Los Angeles Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yankees powerhouse Aaron Judge hit his 275th career home run, and Juan Soto brought in three runs with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning. This performance propelled the New York Yankees to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, ending the streaks for both teams.

Anthony Volpe‘s remarkable hitting streak came to an end after he went 0-for-4 at the plate, halting his streak at 21 games. This tied him with Arizona’s Ketel Marte for the longest streak in the majors this season.

Pitcher Carlos Rodón (7-2) saw his excellent run conclude after giving up three runs over more than six innings, marking the end of the Yankees’ starting staff’s historic MLB record. Their streak of pitching at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer ended at an impressive 16 games.

Meanwhile, Logan O’Hoppe continued his power surge with his fourth home run in just eight games, but the Angels’ home struggles persisted. They have lost five of their last six home games and currently have a disappointing record of 7-21 at “The Big A” this season.

Yankees on the Board: Judge Ties Records, Powers Early Lead

Aaron Judge continues his offensive rampage, leading the MLB home run race. His two-run homer against Patrick Sandoval (2-8) in the fourth inning brought Judge to 18 home runs, tying him with Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson and Houston’s Kyle Tucker for the league lead.

This notable achievement solidifies Judge’s place in Yankees history. He joins the ranks of Lou Gehrig as the only Yankees to record at least 12 home runs and 12 doubles in a single calendar month, a milestone Gehrig reached in July 1930.

After Juan Soto started the inning with a walk, Judge capitalized on a hanging breaking ball from Sandoval, smashing a 433-foot homer into the left-center field stands. This home run also ties him with Jorge Posada for eighth on the Yankees’ all-time home run list.

While Logan O’Hoppe’s solo homer in the second inning was the only blemish on Carlos Rodón’s first six innings, the Angels’ offense heated up in the seventh. Rodón ran into trouble, allowing three consecutive hits to start the inning. Following Kevin Pillar’s RBI double, the Yankees were compelled to make a pitching change.

Yanks Seize Control in Seventh Inning Explosion

The starting pitcher’s streak might have ended, but the Yankees‘ offense came alive in the seventh inning, putting the game out of reach. With the score tied at 2-1 after six innings, the Angels threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. Cole Tucker’s base hit brought in just one run, ending the starters’ impressive streak but keeping the game close.

Carlos Rodón, who extended his personal winning streak to five games, left after allowing three hits and striking out five. The bullpen then took over, and the Angels’ situation deteriorated. Adam Cimber, replacing starter Patrick Sandoval, struggled with control and walked four consecutive batters, including a bases-loaded walk to Oswaldo Cabrera, which increased the lead to 4-1.

With the bases still loaded, José Suarez came in to face Juan Soto. Soto quickly capitalized, hitting a bases-clearing triple to right field, blowing the game wide open for the Yankees. This offensive surge removed any remaining doubt and secured the victory for New York.

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Up Next

Right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-2, 2.76 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Yankees as they kick off their series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

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