Once again the Yankees were trailing in a game and their potent offense came from behind for the win.
"I was just locked in", Gardner said.
Judge went on to hit two home runs later in that game to take the Major League home run lead. Mat Latos got tagged for 7 runs on 10 hits over 4 innings while striking out 5 to fall to 0-1 this season. With runners at first and third, the Yanks completed the comeback when pinch hitter Didi Gregorius knocked a come backer to Biagini, which clanked off his glove, scoring Headley.
A Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1: Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and doubled in the go-ahead run, and Washington topped visiting Arizona.
Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances (3-1) and Aroldis Chapman combined to retire Toronto's last 11 batters, and Chapman got three outs to remain ideal in six save chances.
Wade Davis, the fourth Chicago pitcher, faced four batters in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Matt Holiday doubled in the opening run in the bottom of the first before Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner both hit two-run homers in the second.
A Twins 7, Athletics 4: Kennys Vargas notched five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Kendall Graveman that propelled host Minnesota to a victory over Oakland.
If this kind of production (Judge is on pace for 81 HR and 168 RBI), or anything close to it, keeps up, we're talking about a league MVP candidate. He now leads the Majors in long balls.More news: Trump says he's willing to consider raising gas tax
Former big league backstop and current YES Network analyst John Flaherty said, "Anytime I listen to (Judge) do an interview, he reminds me of Derek". He plays the game to win all the time and that's the most important thing. "We know we can score some runs".
Gardner was called out on strikes in the sixth, and after having some words with Welke, went back into the dugout and started smashing a garbage can with his bat. "So this year I'm just trying to stay aggressive and use the middle of the field".
Oakland's Kendall Graveman (2-2) surrendered six runs on five hits and a career-high-tying four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
But Sabathia didn't show any improvement against the Blue Jays as he allowed six runs on seven hits. It's a trait so noticeable that this past weekend, Michael Kay and David Cone brought it up to Meredith Marakovits, who made it a point to try to get Judge to speak about himself during the Baltimore series - and he still wouldn't do it. He had four home runs but also 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats before he strained an oblique muscle on September 13 ending his season and preserving his rookie status. Toronto scored two more in the second off a shaky C.C. Sabathia and the Yanks scored two more in the third, 6-5. Steve Pearce was the lone star for the Blue Jays after going 4 for 4 with his first two homers his his new club. Bautista walked with one out to load the bases. The Jays limited the damage, thanks in part to Russell Martin throwing Judge out at second.
So, needless to say, Yankees fans are swooning over Judge, especially younger fans that now have a bona-fide superstar in the making to root for.
After Starlin Castro singled to center, Judge crushed a 93-mph fastball from Stroman into the netting above Monument Park in dead center.
"It was a battle", Judge said.
Yup. That'll do. Judge is good, folks.