Friday's MLB: Judge homers twice, throws out runner; Yanks beat Guardians 4-1

Allen Jordan
The Detroit News

New York — Aaron Judge hit a pair of opposite-field home runs and threw out a runner from center field, leading the New York Yankees over Cleveland 4-1 Friday night in the first trip to the Bronx by the renamed Guardians.

Reliever Michael King helped keep New York ahead by striking out eight in three innings, fanning his last seven batters.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians, Friday, April 22, 2022, in New York.

Judge put the Yankees ahead in the third inning against Eli Morgan (1-1) when he followed a two-out walk to DJ LeMahieu with drive into the right-field seats. Judge added a solo shot in the fifth.

Jameson Taillon (1-1) allowed one run and seven hits in five innings, giving up Franmil Reyes’ home run in the fourth.

Twins 2, White Sox 1: Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman José Abreu each made throwing errors on the same sloppy play, allowing Minnesota to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Anderson made his sixth error in three games when he skipped a throw to first on Carlos Correa’s two-out infield single that scored Ryan Jeffers from third. Abreu chased down the misfire and threw wildly, allowing baserunner Luis Arraez to scamper home.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Emilio Pagán escaped for his second save.

Kendall Graveman (0-1) allowed two runs, one earned, in 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Duffey (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth.

Blue Jays 4, Astros 3: Matt Chapman doubled home Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with two outs in the ninth inning and Toronto beat Houston.

Chapman’s tiebreaking drive into the left-center field gap off reliever Héctor Neris (1-1) scored Guerrero from first base. The Blue Jays won their third straight and the Astros lost their third in a row.

Jordan Romano allowed two singles in the ninth but converted his eighth save. Tim Mayza (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth.

Houston's Justin Verlander went six innings and allowed three runs on four hits.

Braves 3, Marlins 0: Kyle Wright had a career-high 11 strikeouts in six dominant innings, Matt Olson doubled in two runs and Atlanta beat Miami.

Wright (2-0) allowed four hits with one walk. The right-hander has a 1.06 ERA after three starts.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.

Trevor Rogers (0-3) allowed one unearned run on four hits in five innings.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2: Paul Goldschmidt helped slow down rookie fireballer Hunter Greene, Steven Matz pitched one-run ball over five innings and St. Louis stretched Cincinnati's skid to 10 games.

Goldschmidt had three hits and two RBIs. Both runs were charged to Greene (1-2), who walked four and was charged with three runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Matz (2-1) and the bullpen made the lead stick. Giovanny Gallegos allowed a run in the ninth but finished for his fourth save.

Phillies 4, Brewers 2: Alec Bohm hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning, Bryce Harper got two key hits and Philadelphia stopped Milwaukee's four-game winning streak.

Harper started the Phillies’ rally in the eighth with a single, and Castellanos and Realmuto followed with singles to load the bases against Aaron Ashby (0-2). Bohm drove Brad Boxberger’s 2-2 pitch to right to score Harper and Castellanos and put Philadelphia in front 3-2. Johan Camargo followed with an RBI single.

Corey Knebel pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Nick Nelson (1-0) didn’t allow a run in the eighth.

Giants 7, Nationals 1: Austin Slater smacked a three-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning against Patrick Corbin, and San Francisco cruised past Washington.

Slater, hitting .105 coming into the game, lined Corbin’s 2-1 sinker to right-center with one out to make it 4-0.

Brandon Crawford capped the scoring with a three-run double to left-center. Corbin (0-3) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just five outs.

Jakob Junis (1-0), called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Sacramento, tossed five scoreless innings of relief in his Giants debut.

Red Sox 4, Rays 3: Xander Bogaerts had three hits and scored twice in the first five innings and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

Michael Wacha (1-0) gave up two runs on three hits, including two homers by the Rays' Wander Franco, in five innings to get his first win for Boston.

Matt Barnes got Franco on a groundball for his first save after Jake Diekman walked the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth.

Corey Kluber (0-1) gave up four runs on 11 hits in five innings.

Pirates 4, Cubs 2: Roberto Perez homered and drove in three runs, Michael Chavis broke a tie with a fourth-inning blast, and Pittsburgh beat Chicago.

The Cubs were held scoreless over the final seven innings by Jose Quintana and four relievers in a game that started nearly six hours late because of forecasted inclement weather.

Perez hit a two-run single in the second off Drew Smyly (1-1). Perez led off the fifth with his first homer of the season.

Pirates reliever Chase De Jong (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings.