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Aaron Judge returns, Yankees throttle A’s

May 9, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) scores against Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers (23) on a sacrifice fly by Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Gleyber Torres homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs as the New York Yankees beat the visiting Oakland Athletics 10-5 on Tuesday night.

The Yankees welcomed Aaron Judge back from the 10-game injured list due to a strained right hip and saw him go 0-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Judge scored during New York’s five-run third off Oakland starter Drew Rucinski (0-3) as the Yankees have scored 24 runs in their past three games..

Judge drove in the tying run when his hard grounder went off third baseman Jace Peterson’s glove and Jose Trevino scored in the third inning. Judge then lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth to round out the scoring.

After Judge’s RBI fielder’s choice in the third, Anthony Rizzo, Torres and Harrison Bader followed with RBI singles. Jake Bauers capped the inning by lifting a sacrifice fly and hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Torres reached the left field seats in the fifth for his second straight homer to left. Before hitting the tiebreaking homer Monday, Torres had two home runs in his previous 30 games.

New York’s Clarke Schmidt (1-3) allowed two runs on five hits in a career-high six innings for his first career win as a starting pitcher. Schmidt struck out seven and walked two after entering the game 0-6 with a 5.47 ERA in 12 career starts.

Jordan Diaz homered in three straight at-bats for the A’s. He hit solo shots in the fourth off Schmidt and seventh off Albert Abreu before connecting for a two-run drive off Greg Weissert in the eighth.

Peterson’s RBI single gave Oakland an early 1-0 lead in the second while Shea Langeliers had three hits as the A’s dropped to an MLB-worst 8-29.

After Diaz opened the seventh with a homer off Abreu, Wandy Peralta escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar. Oakland loaded the bases when Brent Rooker reached on a single after his grounder hit second base umpire Laz Diaz.

After allowing Diaz’s third homer, Weissert struck out Peterson and Nick Allen to end the eighth but put the first two hitters on in the ninth. Clay Holmes then came in and eventually struck out Tony Kemp with the bases loaded to end it.

Rucinski allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked three.

–Field Level Media