Aaron Judge’s story spoiled by Shohei Ohtani as Yankees fall to angels


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Aaron Judge made history Monday night, becoming the third Yankee to hit the 50 home run milestone multiple times in his career.

But it was his main challenger for AL MVP – Shohei Ohtani – who got the biggest blast of the night, as Ohtani’s two-run homer in the fifth put the Angels ahead for good in their 4 win. -3 at Angel Stadium.

Josh Donaldson’s single pinch shot with two outs in the ninth gave the Yankees some life before Oswaldo Cabrera flew to deep center to end it.

That sent the Yankees to their third straight loss after a five-game winning streak that now seems like a distant memory.

Frankie Montas allowed three homers — tied for a career high — and for the fourth straight game the Yankees couldn’t score more than three runs.

That left the Yankees seven games ahead of the second-place Rays in the AL East, which is as small as their lead in the division since June 5.

Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
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Montas entered with a 1.20 ERA in five starts in Anaheim, his best mark at any stadium, but that previous success did not carry over Monday night.

Against an Angels team that just swept Toronto after losing nine of its previous 10 games, Montas gave up a first homer to Luis Rengifo late in the second as the Yankees trailed 1-0.

After left-hander Jose Suarez retired the first seven batters of the game, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked and Cabrera picked the right-field line to set up runners in the corners for the Yankees.

Frankie Montas pitched Monday in the Yankees' loss to the Angels.
Frankie Montas pitched Monday in the Yankees’ loss to the Angels.
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One of several downed Yankees, DJ LeMahieu then dropped a safety bunt to score Kiner-Falefa. It was another indication of the severity of the Yankees’ offense, which they cushioned with their first batter.

The judge was intentionally walked before Andrew Benintendi was knocked out to end the round.

The Yankees went ahead with Rizzo’s two-out solo shot on the right in the fourth.

It was Rizzo’s first home run since Aug. 17 and just his second since Aug. 2.

Shohei Ohtani, left, celebrates after his home run.
Shohei Ohtani, left, celebrates after his home run.
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Former Yankee Mike Ford responded with his first home run of the season with a late inning out.

Kiner-Falefa opened the fourth with a double to left center, but Cabrera struck and LeMahieu failed in the third, keeping Kiner-Falefa in the second. The judge was intentionally walked for the second time and Benintendi flew to the right.

Ohtani’s outburst at right center gave the Angels their first lead of the night, 4-2. It was Ohtani’s 29th home run of the season.

The judge got the Yankees within a run, but Suarez — who allowed just two runs through six innings — and the Angels’ bullpen did enough to keep the Yankees’ offense in trouble.

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Aaron Judge hit his 50th home run Monday night.
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Gleyber Torres again went hitless and made a careless error in the bottom of the seventh, when he failed to touch second base on what should have been a late-inning double play.

And Montas, the team’s consolation prize when they couldn’t land prime target Luis Castillo, now has a 7.01 ERA in five starts as a Yankee.

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