Aaron Judge blasted another home run on Friday, his 31 of the year. Friday, he hit a home run so far that it couldn't be tracked. No one has hit one out of Safeco during a game since the ballpark opened midway through the 1999 season.
Former Yankee Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 to emerge from a 1-for-18 funk but made a costly throwing error in the ninth inning that gave NY two unearned runs.
Instead, they enter Saturday's game against the New York Yankees at 48-50 and trailing New York and Tampa Bay by 3 1/2 games.
There was a brilliant defensive play by leftfielder Clint Frazier, a diving catch that saved a run early, and an RBI double a half-inning later by the rookie that tied it at 1.
Judge seemed to snap out of his funk last night with another big home run. And, they added two more runs in the ninth inning on Robinson Cano's throwing error.
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Judge downplayed his homer, which he said he hadn't yet seen by the time he met with reporters after the game. But St. Louis sent 14 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning of the season, taking advantage of a combined six walks by three relievers while improving to 4-4 since the All-Star break.
The Yankees took the lead in the third. He allowed eight hits, but was outstanding when in trouble.
That all changed, though, with one mighty, fifth-inning swing against Mariners starter Andrew Moore.
Royals 7, White Sox 6, 10 Inns.: Whit Merrifield's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning scored Alcides Escobar and lifted Kansas City to its third walk-off victory in five days. "Once he gets out to about 150 feet, then we can get him on the mound and throw a bullpen", Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
The pitching matchup tonight has Masahiro Tanaka (7-9, 5.33 ERA) on the mound for the Yankees to face Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.35) of the Mariners.