Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam in the third inning and the Yankees offense went on to score five more runs in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.>> Click here for the full box score...
Aaron Hicks drove in his 21st RBI of the season in the second inning to put the Yankees on the board. One inning later, Ronald Torreyes, Gary Sanchez, and Matt Holliday reached base, setting up Judge's grand slam to put the Yankees in front.
Chris Carter's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning provided New York with an insurance run, but the Athletics chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth and two in the eighth to make it a two-run game. Brett Gardner answered with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to put the Angels away for good.
Michael Pineda allowed two earned runs on just three hits in six innings for the Yankees, but Chad Green allowed a pair of runs to score in relief.
Tommy Layne and Adam Warren pitched the final 1.2 innings to cap off the win for the Yankees.
While the bridge to the end of games is still somewhat shaky, the Yankees received some much-needed offense to go along with another strong start from the rotation.
Judge had gone six games without a home run (which seems like an eternity compared to his extreme power surge last month) but was still contributing with the bat and in the field. Judge's first major league grand slam couldn't have come at a better time for a sluggish offense that produced just 26 runs in its previous nine games.
Pineda continued his strong season after a rocky second inning. His effort was his fifth straight quality start and marks the seventh consecutive game the Yankees received a fine effort from the starting pitcher.
Despite going 5-5 in their last 10 games, the Yankees hold a three-game lead in the AL East. That's important as they begin stretch of 13 games against division opponents, beginning Monday in Baltimore.
The Yankees will travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles at Camden Yards at 1:05 p.m. on Monday. Jordan Montgomery (2-3, 4.30 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees. The Orioles have not announced a starting pitcher for Monday's game.