NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homered to fuel the New York Yankees’ major league-best 24th comeback win, saving Jameson Taillon in a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The Yankees completed a three-game sweep of baseball’s worst team and improved to 56-20, matching the 2001 Mariners and 1998 Yankees for the best 76-game start since 1930.
Taillon gave up three runs in the first inning, but Judge countered with a two-run drive in the first and Stanton hit a three-run homerun in the third against Cole Irvin.
The Yankees are 25-1 when Judge and Stanton homered in the same game, including 9-0 this season.
Taillon (9-1) worked through five innings and Clay Holmes threw the ninth for his 14th save to end a seven-game homestand. Next, New York embarks on a season-high 11-day, 10-game journey with one game in Houston — a quirk of the sport’s reconfigured schedule after a lockout-delayed opening day.
Judge’s home run was his 29th in the major league, and his last five have come with New York trailing or equal.
Stanton reached from the perimeter of the plate for Irvin’s sub and slammed it over the wall of right field. It was Stanton’s 19th homer of the season, with five in his last six games.
The Yankees have 57 home runs in June, surpassing the 2016 Orioles and 2019 Braves for the most ever in the month.
Irvin (2-6) gave up six hits, but covered seven innings with 103 pitches.
Taillon struggled against a lineup that did not include a single player with a batting average over .234. Seth Brown’s one-out double led to a three-run first inning, including a two-run double by Stephen Piscotty and a runscoring single by Elvis Andrus.
Taillon then also toiled, but didn’t concede any more runs. He stranded six runners in his last four innings, including the bases loaded in the second. He gave up seven hits, struckout six and walked.
Taillon also floundered through his previous start, giving up six runs in 5 2/3 innings against Houston in a game that New York came back to win 7-6. The last two appearances have lifted Taillon’s ERA from 2.70 to 3.32.
Athletics: 2B Jed Lowrie was out of the lineup with a sore left shoulder, and Oakland has not ruled out a possible move to the injured list.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendonitis) could trigger Thursday, but Friday is more likely. He last pitched for the Yankees on May 22. … RHP Ryan Weber was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … 2B Gleyber Torres was back in the lineup after receiving a cortisone shot in his right wrist on Monday.
Athletics: RHP Adrian Martinez is recalled from Triple-A on Thursday-evening to start in Seattle. Martinez threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against Detroit on May 10 in his lone appearance in the Major League.
Yankees: Play in Houston on Thursday before starting a series in Cleveland on Friday. RHP Luis Severino (4-2, 3.38 ERA) will face Astros RHP Luis Garcia (5-5, 3.68 ERA) in an actual rubber game after the teams split a four-game series in the Bronx last weekend.
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