NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 43rd home run, Jose Trevino hit his first multi-game home run and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Monday night in a series opener between teams that were gathering for the next season. .
Anthony Rizzo started the offense with a three-run homer in the first, and New York posted its 31st straight home game (41-13), second only to the league-high 47 streaks from 1918-64. The Yankees are 70-34, the first team to reach 70 wins this year.
Before the game, the Yankees acquired starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from Oakland, three days after Seattle acquired Luis Castillo, perhaps the best starter available on the trade market. Castillo is set to start Wednesday’s series finale against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
“Just a dominant starter, he’s been a dominant starter for quite some time,” Judge said of Montas. “He’s got some ridiculous stuff and he’s glad we don’t have to deal with it again.”
Rizzo put the Yankees ahead in the first with a three-run homer off Marco Gonzales (6-11). The drive over the Yankees’ bullpen in right was Rizzo’s fourth homer in six games and raised his season total to 26 along with 65 RBI.
“He’s a really good player who’s finding a little bit of a groove,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He works hard to find that sweet spot.”
After Kyle Lewis’ solo homer in the second against Domingo Germán (1-1), Judge hit a two-run drive in the bottom. Judge also leads the majors with 93 RBIs.
Trevino singled in the fourth and added a drive to Monument Park in the eighth against Ryan Borucki. The first-time All-Star has nine home runs this year, matching his total in four previous major league seasons and setting a career high with 32 RBIs.
Seattle has lost seven of 11 since entering the All-Star break on a 14-game winning streak.
Adam Frazier hit a run-scoring single in the fourth off German, who won for the first time in three starts since coming off the injured list. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings with three walks and one strikeout.
With Alex Rodriguez sitting behind home plate, Judge hit a 420-foot, 87.4-mph fastball into left field after doubling on the first pitch he saw ahead of Rizzo’s homer.
“It’s fun to watch what he’s doing right now,” Boone said. “So I think that was obviously part of his plan tonight, being aggressive. He got what he was looking for in the first couple of at-bats and put big swings into it.”
Judge is on pace for 67 homers, six more than the Yankees record set by Roger Maris in 1961. Judge hit 43 homers in his 101st game and 104th game in New York, while Maris hit his 43rd in 114 his game and the Yankees’ 115th on August 12, 1961.
He joined Barry Bonds (2001), Mark McGwire (1998) and Babe Ruth (1921) as the fourth player to hit at least 43 homers in his team’s first 104 games.
“Aaron Judge is having a monster season and you have to be really good and execute on the edge with your fastball, and we weren’t able to do that,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Eligible for free agency after the World Series, Judge has 10 homers in 12 games since the All-Star break and 13 in his last 16 games.
Ron Marinaccio, Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Loáisiga and Wandy Peralta combined for a one-hit, scoreless inning.
Gonzalez allowed six runs for the first time since giving up seven on July 3 last year at Texas. He gave up nine hits in 5 1/3 innings and for the second time in three starts matched his career high of three homers.
Luis Castillo reported to Seattle after being acquired from Cincinnati on Friday night for four prospects and threw a board session in front of an audience of teammates and coaches.
“The guys were very excited about what they saw there, as they should be,” Servais said. “It has elite stuff.”
Castillo also faced the Yankees against the Reds on July 14, when he pitched a no-hitter in the sixth.
Seattle traded LHP Anthony Misiewicz to Kansas City for cash. Misiewicz was 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 17 appearances before being designated for assignment Sunday. The Mariners also claimed Travis Jankowski off waivers from the Mets, who designated him for assignment on Friday. Jankowski hit .167 in 43 games with the Mets.
Mariners: 1B Ty France missed a second straight game with left wrist soreness. Manager Servais said France is feeling better but not yet ready to swing.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat) threw for the first time since going on the injured list July 14. Severino was also placed on the 60-day IL along with RHP Miguel Castro (right shoulder strain). … RHP Clarke Schmidt was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and RHP Carlos Espinal had his contract optioned from Scranton.
Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert (10-4, 2.78 ERA) faces New York RHP Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.72) on Tuesday.
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