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Judge hits two of the Yankees’ six home runs in a rout of the Cubs, the team’s tenth win in eleven games

Aaron Judge hit 2 of the Yankees’ six solo home runs off rookie Matt Swarmer on Saturday night, as New York defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-0 for its tenth win in 11 games.

Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jose Trevino, and former Cub Anthony Rizzo all homered off the 28-year-old right-hander, as the Yankees hit their most home runs since Sept. 17, 2020, against Toronto. Swarmer became the 138th Cubs pitcher to allow six home runs.

Judge hit his second career home run, and sent a 1-0 fastball from Swarmer (1-1) into to the left field seats, while batting leadoff for the 4th time this season. Judge hit his major league-leading 24th home run in the fifth inning, one of three.

Judge hit his 21st career home run game of the season, leading the majors with five. He was the second Yankee, after Babe Ruth (1928), to have five multihomer games in the first 59 games of his career. He also became the third Yankee, after Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, to hit at least 24 home runs in the first 59 games.

Stanton hit his 360th home run in the fourth inning, a 436-foot drive off the left-field second deck facing. Stanton’s 119.8 mph home run was the extremely hard home run in major league history this season. Stanton has 31 of the 42 home runs hit at 119 mph or greater since Statcast started monitoring in 2015.

Stanton’s drive was still the hardest hit in the major leagues since he hit a 120.3 mph single in Baltimore on Sept. 16.

New York did lead the majors with 94 homers and is 23-1 when both Judge and Stanton homer, including a 7-0 record this season. The Yankees have a major league-best record of 43-16.

Jordan Montgomery (2-1) struck out five batters, walked none, and got 12 outs on ground balls in seven innings.

With their ninth shutout — the Yankees’ most at this time of the campaign since 1967 — Ron Marinaccio and Lucas Luetge pitched hitless innings each, as well as the Yankees tied the Mets with the big league lead.

Chicago has now lost five straight games, matching its longest losing streak of the season, and is now a season-low 12 games under.500 at 23-35. Schwarmer’s ERA rose from 1.50 to 4.24 after allowing six runs and seven hits in 5 innings in his 3rd career start.

Six home runs were allowed by a Cubs pitcher for the first time since Tom Lee on June 28, 1884. Schwarmer became the second pitcher in major league history to allow six solo home runs, following the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston on Aug. 13, 1932, against the New York Giants.

Since Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double in the eighth inning against St. Louis on Sunday, the Cubs had already gone hitless in 40 at-bats to runners on base.

Torres followed Stanton’s drive by scoring runs for the second night in a row, matching his total from 2020 and 21 for the season. He’s hit seven home runs to right field.

Trevino improved his batting average to.309 with 3 hits and locked his career high with 5 homers in 102 consecutive starts, a total he achieved in 302 with Texas the year before.

Trevino strike a drive off left field foul pole in the sixth inning after Stanton and Torres went back-to-back. Two batters later, Judge hit a homer into left-center field seats. Rizzo made it 6-0 with a home run into right field seats and shifted his bat before finishing his round-tripper.

In the sixth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single and Judge given a sacrifice fly.

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RHP Keegan Thompson (6-1, 3.17 ERA) takes the mound for the Cubs against Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon on Sunday night (6-1, 2.73).

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