NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run and Giancarlo Stanton followed a few minutes later with a game-ending grand slam to cap the New York Yankees’ stunning five-run, ninth-inning rally to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 9-8 on Tuesday night. .
Judge got within one of Roger Morris’ AL record when he turned on a sinker off right-hander Will Crowe (5-10) and drove it 430 feet into the left field bleachers to pull New York within 8-5.
Judge matched Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs for the Yankees in 1927 and set a major league record that stood for 37 years. It was made from a pitcher whose great-great-uncle, Hall of Famer Red Ruffing, was a Yankee teammate of Ruth’s in the 1930s.
Stanton, mired in a 9-for-72 slump, struck out Crowe to score the winner off Aroldis Chapman (3-3) and set off a raucous celebration at Yankee Stadium.
Roger Morris Jr. and Kevin Morris, sons of the former player, were both there. Specially marked balls were used each time the umpire approached the plate. Fans in the outfield seats stood, and many in the crowd of 40,157 groaned with each foul.
Brian Reynolds tied the score at 4-4 with a home run off Lou Trivino in the seventh inning, and in the eighth he got a walk-off home run from Jonathan Loaisiga (1-4), who had his fourth hit.
Rodolfo Castro — the player suspended from a Major League Baseball game last month after his cell phone flew out of his pocket during a head slide — followed with a three-run homer against Clay Holmes.
Holmes, an All-Star who went down in the second half, made his first appearance against his former team.
Harrison Bader had a pair of singles and drove in three runs in his Yankees debut. First baseman Anthony Rizzo made a key error that led to a four-run eighth inning for the already eliminated Pirates.
Reynolds also committed a three-base error on a fly to center, one of two errors by the team, which leads the major leagues with 108.-
Nestor Cortez grounded his leg twice on a swinging double to walk Reynolds at third, but gave up a single to center.
Charlie Hayes, former Yankees 3B who reached the 1996 World Series Finals, throws out the ceremonial first pitch to his son, Pirates 3B Ke’Brian Hayes.
After the season ended at Double-A Altoona, Pittsburgh moved six players to Triple-A Indianapolis: RHP Quinn Priester and Collin Selby, 2B-C-OF Andy Rodriguez, INF Aaron Shackelford, 3B Malcom Nunes, OF Matt Gorski. “Now we have 10 more days of battle and we can get them,” manager Derek Shelton said. “The loss of 2020 was very important for organizations like ours. The more reps we can get, the better.”
Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas received a second cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder and took the 15-day IL back to Saturday. … LHP Zach Britton (Tommy John surgery) pitched a one-hit inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his eighth trip to the rehab clinic. RHP Miguel Castro (shoulder strain) pitched a scoreless inning for the RailRiders.
New York RHP Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45) will start Wednesday after recovering from a lat strain that has sidelined him since July 13. RHP Roanci Contreras (5-4, 3.24) pitches for the Pirates.