Hicks hits 2 HRs, Montgomery pitches Yankees past O's 8-2

At the time Judge was leading the league in home runs with 21 and had just come off of a weekend in which he destroyed the Baltimore Orioles and hit the longest homer in the bigs this year.

Aaron Nola (3-4) allowed two hits through the first four innings before Kolten Wong led off the fifth for the Cardinals with a double.

The Yankees were up 3-1 in the seventh when Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa hit a two-out single to right with Eric Young Jr. on second base.

The noise was, of course, for Aaron Judge, who heard it in a road stadium for the first time but surely not the last.

NY right fielder Aaron Judge heard the MVP chants from the heavy Yankees-fan contingent on Monday night, particularly after his two-run home run in the eighth inning snapped a tie and lifted the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Angels.

The Yankees started reliever Chad Green on Sunday, and he lasted only two innings, though it made little difference in a 14-3 rout of the Orioles. The team's 14-3 loss to New York June 11 before a sellout crowd of 46,348 was another sobering reminder that the season may already be slipping away.

"It feels really good to be able to get off to a hot start, and I want to keep it going", Hicks said.

Even by his lofty feats, it was quite a power show by the 6-foot-7 Judge. His home runs include a 495-foot blast into the left-field seats in Yankee Stadium Sunday, the longest home run of 2017, and a 121.1 miles per hour shot off Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, the hardest hit ball since 2015, the first year of the Statcast era. Judge effectively cleared the bleachers in left-center, the ball having bounced off a fan's hands at the back railing.

Cole Calhoun, the second batter of the game, took Tanaka deep to center for a 407-foot solo shot.

Speaking of '61, Judge is the first Yankee to hit 20 homers before the All-Star break at age 25 or younger since Roger Maris that season.

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The first-period goals chased Rinne from Nashville's net; however, backup Juuse Saros ended up not faring any better. Schultz's shot from the point went through the legs of Nashville forward Auston Wilson and goaltender Pekka Rinne.

"That might've been the furthest one I've ever seen", NY manager Joe Girardi said.

"You've got Matt Holliday behind me, then (Starlin) Castro (2-for-4)", Judge said. They rained down repeated chants of "M-V-P!" on the rookie leading their team's revival after just one playoff appearance in the past four years. The outfielder enhanced his credentials by going 4 for 4 with a walk, scoring four times and driving in three (see full recap).

Masahiro Tanaka appeared to be in good shape to snap his five-start losing streak, but Chase Headley's 11th error of the season - one more than he had in all of 2016 - led to a pair of unearned runs that tied the game at 3-3. Gary Sanchez homers to center field.

"No need", Judge said when asked if he watched it. Both players are hitting over.300 and four regulars hold averages above.300, giving the Yankees a.269 team average.

"The learning curve from last September to now is so impressive, especially his ability to lay off pitches he hacked away at previous year".

Gausman has permitted at least eight hits in five straight starts - not the ideal recipe to slow New York's hard-thumping lineup.

Royals 8, Padres 3: Mike Moustakas hit two home runs, and Jake Junis pitched seven-plus solid innings to lead Kansas City to the win.

The Yankee bullpen, which combined to throw seven innings of one-run ball while the offense exploded. Sanchez followed with his 10th homer. Manny Machado did not play due to a sore left wrist and may miss a third straight game Saturday.

Yankees pitching prospect Domingo German made his major league debut in the seventh. He broke the game open with a three-run 450-foot bomb in the first inning to make it 5-0, the longest homer of his career. He was sent back to Triple-A after the game, and the Yankees plan to promote righty Ben Heller on Monday. Tillman would then give way to Stefan Crichton.

Judge's first home run had an exit velocity of 118.6 miles per hour.

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