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Yankees vs Rangers – Game Recap – October 4, 2022

ARLINGTON, Texas – – Yankees slugger Aaron Judge opened the nightcap with his American League-record 62nd home run and Gerrit Cole set the single-season strikeout record even as New York lost 3 -2 against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night for a double split.

Leody Taveras hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning of Game 2 to give Rangers the lead, after their 5-4 loss in Game 1 extended their losing streak to seven games. The AL East champion Yankees have won 99 games, the Rangers 67.

Judge drove the third pitch of Game 2, a 1-1 slider from Rangers flyhalf Jesus Tinoco, into the front row of seats in left field to end his long and tiring chase to break the AL mark of Roger Maris which existed since 1961.

It was the 55th straight game Judge had played since Aug. 5, and the only homer he had hit in the previous 13 games was No. 61 last Wednesday in Toronto. He went 1 for 5 with a single and scored the deciding run in the opener on Tuesday.

After Judge hit again in the second inning after his home run record and swinging hit against Kolby Allard, manager Aaron Boone pulled him out of the game after he had already gone to right field down the frame.

Cole (13-8) struck out nine, bringing his major league best to 257. The right-hander entered the game tied with the 248 strikeouts Ron Guidry had in 1978, when he was the AL Cy Young award winner after going 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA. Cole passed Guidry when he struck out Rangers No. 2 hitter Nathaniel Lowe in the first inning.

Allard (1-2) struck out six and walked one in four innings, the only run he allowed coming on Giancarlo Stanton’s 31st homer in the fifth inning.

Taveras, whose base-run error ended Game 1, put Texas ahead 3-2 with his fifth homer. It came after Sam Huff hit third baseman Josh Donaldson’s field error.

Kyle Higashioka, Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza all hit solo homers for New York in Game 1.

Higashioka’s homer to center straight off reliever Brock Burke (7-5) in the eighth tied at 4. Higashioka tied his career-high 10 homers, all from June 12. Judge followed with an online single and eventually scored on Harrison Bader’s single.

Adolis García hit his 27th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth that gave him 100 RBIs for the Rangers.

Aroldis Chapman (4-4) worked a perfect seventh for the win. Jonathan Loaisiga worked the ninth for his second save, allowing a single before a game-ending double play when Taveras mistakenly ran from second base on Marcus Semien’s understudy to the right.

Cabrera went deep for the sixth time in the first inning, and Peraza’s first major league homer tied the game at 2 in the second.

Peraza’s fly ball went into the crowded left field seats, where fans were packed in hopes of a fly ball from Judge. The mother and son who got the ball from Peraza were at the game after their home in Fort Myers, Florida was damaged by flooding last week during Hurricane Ian. They gave the ball to the Yankees and met Peraza between games.

Josh Jung, the .202 rookie third baseman whose one-out single in the eighth inning Monday night broke New York’s no-hitter bid, hit a two-run single in the first.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres still wasn’t feeling well after being knocked out late Monday with flu-like symptoms and didn’t play in either game. … Reliever Ron Marinaccio was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shin stress reaction and will miss the AL Division Series. … Right-handed reliever Albert Abreu has been reinstated from the injured list after being out since Aug. 20 with an inflamed right elbow.

NEXT

The regular season finale on Wednesday, when Dominigo German (2-4, 3.31 ERA) pitches for the Yankees against Texas rookie right-hander Glenn Otto (6-10, 4.72).

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