Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two home runs on Sunday while Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 on Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score
Judge became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season by hitting his first home run as part of New York's six-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 9-1 lead. He hit his 41st home run of the season two innings later.
Sanchez homered in the first and eighth innings, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Since returning from his three-game suspension, he is 6-for-12 with four RBIs.
Gregorius hit an RBI double in the third inning that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead and Judge hit a sac fly later in the inning that made it 3-1.
In the fourth inning, Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple, Chase Headley and Gregorius hit RBI singles and Starlin Castro grounded into a run-scoring double play.
Jordan Montgomery gave up three runs, three hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings, while Chad Green (4-0) allowed one run and four hits in 2 1/3 innings, as New York won for the six time in its last eight games.
A.J. Griffin (6-6) allowed five runs and five hits in three-plus innings for the Rangers, while reliever Nick Martinez allowed four runs and five hits in 2/3 of an inning.
With Sanchez and Judge getting hot at the same time, the offense will be extremely hard to contain.
Despite missing an entire month due to injury, Sanchez has established himself as arguably the best offensive catcher in the game. Sanchez's counting stats through today's game -- 16 doubles, 30 home runs and 83 RBIs in 455 plate appearances -- are astounding. He surely needs some more seasoning behind the plate, but at 24, more reps might be all it takes to make him an all-around catching star.
Judge set the baseball world on fire for the better part of the first three-plus months of the season, raising expectations beyond reason. His second-half slump, skid, whatever you want to call it, is seemingly being put by the wayside at exactly the right time. Including today's contest, Judge is hitting .292 with a .455 on-base percentage with four home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games. At 25, Judge has to learn how to curtail the length of slumps, which should come with experience courtesy of his talent and work ethic.
CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.91 ERA) and the Yankees begin a three-game set against Jake Odorizzi (8-7, 4.58 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The series will be played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irene, and the Rays will be considered the home team in each game.