NEW YORK (AP) — It took Aaron Judge exactly 600 major league games to hit his first walk-off home run.
When he finally connected Tuesday night, the soaring drive certainly measured up to the moment.
Judge hit a mammoth three-run shot in the ninth inning to give the New York Yankees a scintillating 6-5 comeback victory over the rival Toronto Blue Jays.
“What a game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A heavyweight game. Those are fun ones to be a part of.”
Giancarlo Stanton tied it with a modest three-run shot in the sixth, and the Yankees rallied for their 14th victory in 16 games after three Toronto ejections left the angry Blue Jays seeing red.
New York overcame a shaky start from Luis Severino and improved to 21-8, the best record in the majors.
George Springer launched a leadoff homer for Toronto, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ripped a tiebreaking double in the eighth that helped the Blue Jays take a 5-3 lead on Alejandro Kirk’s sacrifice fly.
But in the ninth, Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu drew consecutive one-out walks from Jordan Romano (1-2) before Judge sent a hanging 1-2 slider 450 feet into the second deck in left field. The big slugger, who hit a game-ending homer for Double-A Trenton in April 2015, did a little dance as he approached the plate and was swarmed by excited teammates.
“It’s a weird feeling. You hear the crowd going crazy and you see the bench, you see guys jumping over the railing,” Judge said. “A special moment you get to share with them.”
It was the 10th home run of the season for Judge, who began the night tied for the major league lead. His 167 previous home runs were the fifth-most among active players without a walk-off shot.
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