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Judge hits 2 of 6 Yanks HR in Cubs rout, 10th win of 11

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit two of the Yankees’ six solo home runs against rookie Matt Swarmer, and New York beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Saturday night for its 10th win in 11 games.

Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jose Trevino and former Cub Anthony Rizzo also went deep against the 28-year-old right-hander as the Yankees hit their most home runs since Sept. 17, 2020, against Toronto. Swarmer became the first Cubs pitcher in 138 years to give up six homers.

Leading at bat for the fourth time this year, Judge hit his second career homer, sending a 1-0 fastball from Swarmer (1-1) into the left field seats. Judge added his 24th major league lead, one of three homers in fifth.

“It’s fun, I don’t mind starting,” Judge said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m first or second.”

Judge played his 21st multihomer match and leads the majors with five this season. He joined Babe Ruth (1928) as the second Yankee to get five multihomed games in the Yankees’ first 59 games. He also joined Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle as the third Yankee to hit at least 24 homers in the first 59 games.

Stanton hit a 436-foot drive on the left-field second-deck facing in the fourth for his 360th homer — one shy of Joe DiMaggio. Stanton’s 119.8 mph drive was the hardest hit home run in the major league this season. Of 42 circuits that have reached 119 mph or more since Statcast began tracking in 2015, Stanton has 31.

“It’s quite a show,” Judge said of Stanton. “You try to absorb it all in the moment because when he hits one like that, you don’t see it every day.”

Stanton’s driving has been the hardest hit in the majors since hitting a single at 120.3 mph on September 16 in Baltimore.

“You hit the bullet on the barrel, I feel like when somebody squares the bullets, it’s a cool little euphoric feeling,” Stanton said.

New York leads the majors with 94 homers and is 23-1 when both Judge and Stanton have had success, including 7-0 this year. The Yankees are leading the major league 43-16.

Jordan Montgomery (2-1) allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out five, didn’t walk one and had 12 outs via ground balls.

“It was going to be tough if we didn’t get a lot of length from him,” Boone said. “It’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

Ron Marinaccio and Lucas Luetge each threw a no-hitter inning, and the Yankees tied the Mets for the big league lead with their ninth shutout — the most for the Yankees at this point in the season since 1967.

Chicago lost its fifth straight game, tying its longest slip this season, and at 23-35 dropped a season-worst 12 games under .500. Schwarmer allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings in his third career start, his ERA dropping from 1.50 to 4.24.

“The Yankees have powerful swings, very strong guys,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They have the potential to put up numbers in one fell swoop.”

The six home runs allowed were the farthest by a Cubs pitcher since Tom Lee on June 28, 1884. Schwarmer became the second big league pitcher to give up six solo home runs after Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Giants in New York August 18, 1932.

“I would sometimes get behind the batters and leave the ball in the zone,” Swarmer said.

The Cubs have gone hitless in 40 at bats with runners in scoring position since Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double in the eighth inning Sunday against St. Louis.

Torres followed Stanton’s lead by homering for the second night in a row and with 12 this season, he tied his total for 2020 and 21 combined. Seven of his home runs have been to right field.

Trevino raised his average to .309 with three hits and tied his career high with five homers in 102 plate appearances, a total he hit in 302 with Texas last year.

After Stanton and Torres went back-to-back, Trevino hit a foul-post drive from left field in the sixth. The judge homered into the left center field seats two batters later. Rizzo made it 6-0 when he headed to the right seats in the field and returned his bat before finishing his trot around the bases.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single and Judge added a sacrificial fly in the sixth.

END OF SERIES

Morel went 0 for 4 and saw his scoring streak to start his career end at 22 games. It was the longest by a Cubs rookie and the longest by a freshman since Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli opened his career by reaching Tampa Bay in 24 straight games in 2003.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Placed LHP Wade Miley on the 15-day IL with a left shoulder strain. Miley was activated on Friday but lasted three rounds before going out. Seiya Suzuki stayed on the IL with a sprained left ring finger. He took batting practice and could be activated on Sunday. … 2B Nick Madrigal (groin tightness) was dropped from the starting lineup. … RHP Michael Rucker has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Miley.

Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendonitis) kicked off a bullpen session that Boone said went well.

NEXT:

RHP Keegan Thompson (6-1, 3.17 ERA), coming off his first loss this year, starts Sunday night for the Cubs against Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (6-1, 2.73).

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