Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 34th home run of the season while Chase Headley and Todd Frazier both drove in two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Judge had been in the middle of a 3-for-23 slump when he hit his fourth home run since the All-Star break, while Headley recorded three hits.
Headley's two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, and Frazier followed with a two-run single that made it 4-1. Judge's fifth-inning home run gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.
Luis Severino (8-4) pitched only five innings, his shortest outing since mid-May, as he threw 68 of 116 pitches for strikes. He struck out eight batters and allowed one run, four hits and three walks, as he won his third straight start.
Clint Frazier hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on Gary Sanchez's sac fly.
James McCann went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jim Adduci and Mikie Mahtook each had a hit and an RBI for the Tigers. Michael Fulmer (10-9) allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in six-plus innings.
Severino was not remotely sharp tonight, but he was able to grind through five innings (116 pitches) and allowed just one run. He did not look comfortable from the get-go, displaying poor command of his fastball as well as diminished speed, but he had exceptional movement on his slider. After a rough 30-pitch first inning, Severino stuck with the slider, and his fastball began to gain some steam and location. By the end of the start, Severino was back up on the high 90s with the fastball, and while he never got full command of the pitch, it didn't cause him harm besides a season-high in pitches thrown.
Severino had been on a strong roll of late, in which he demonstrated characteristics befitting an ace. Tonight's effort was not pretty, but was ace-like in that despite not having complete control of his pitches, Severino was able to keep the Tigers from fully taking advantage. This can viewed as a learning moment for Severino, one he can stick in the back of his head for the inevitable future outing in which he will again not have his best stuff. Severino should feel confident he's good enough to buckle down and get through it.
CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.66 ERA) takes on Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.18 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.