Perhaps the ghost of the Child was watching them on Tuesday night.

Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the ninth inning of what looked like a blowout loss for the Pirates with a 430-footer to left-center field for his 60th home run of the season. Judge tied Babe Ruth’s 1927 home run record and sparked a four-run rally that ended with Giancarlo Stanton’s 9-8 home run over the Pirates at Yankee Stadium.

Judge is one shy of the American League record set Roger Maris in 1961and Marissa’s family were in attendance at the stadium to see him challenge his record.

With the 430-foot blast off Pirates right-hander Will Crowe, Judge became just the sixth player in Major League history (the ninth time) to hit at least 60 home runs in a season, tying Babe Ruth’s longtime record of 60 in 1927. Now the judge is bound for the second most homers in Yankee history. He is one shy of the team and AL record set by Roger Morris in 1961.

Only Maris, Barry Bonds (73 in 2001), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998 and 65 in 1999) and Sammy Sosa (64 in 2001 and 63 in 2001) have hit more home runs in a single season.

Anthony Rizzo followed Judge with a double and Gleyber Torres walked. Josh Donaldson had his fly ball drop to shallow center and Stanton crushed his 27th homer of the season to win it.

The Yankees’ bullpen raised concerns again Tuesday night. After Nestor Cortez Jr. held the Pirates for five innings, the Players gave up seven runs – six of them earned – in four innings. Clay Holmes, a dominant closer at one point this season, has allowed four earned runs in his last five appearances.

Brian Reynolds scored Lou Trivino in the seventh to tie the game and singled in the eighth to give his team the lead. He scored on Rodolfo Castro’s groundout off Clay Holmes in the eighth to give Pittsburgh an 8-4 lead.

The Yankees considered acquiring Reynolds at the trade deadline, instead they got New York native Garrison Bader, who had a great debut for the Bombers on Tuesday night.

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“With all due respect to the Yankees fans, I mean, I think it’s great for the fans here to have a native New Yorker and a lot of fans that have been rooting for us during the games,” Bader said. “I was like that when I was younger, so it’s definitely special. And again, I just want to be the best version of myself for them. I think Jeter said it best when he said fans boo because they want to cheer. So I’m going to go out there and do everything I can to give him something to cheer for. And hopefully it’s a nine-inning win.”

Aaron Judge took second and third base in his first two at-bats. He was walked unintentionally in the fifth and Dwayne Underwood Jr. struck him out with a high cutter in the sixth.

After a hit in his first at-bat, Bader singled in the run in the fifth inning. He scored from second on a great read by Pirates center fielder Brian Reynolds, who was trying to hit Jose Trevino, who sent it shallow. In the sixth inning, after a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Bader singled through the stretch to get both runners on.

The Bombers traded left-hander Jordan Montgomery for Bader, even though he hasn’t played since June because of plantar fasciitis. The New York native was excited to put the injury and rehab behind him and start Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium.

“I’m very happy to get on something. I’m excited to put on any major league uniform and I’m excited to go out there and compete at the highest level,” Bader said. “So it’s definitely a special year for me here, I’ve been here in the stands when I was younger.

“But, again, at the end of the day, we have to be efficient,” Bader said. “We’ve got to win the baseball game, so I’m just going to focus on going to the ball with clean routes, going out and just hitting my first cutoff man.”

Bader, who grew up in Bronxville and attended Horace Mann Private School, hit a career .246/.320/.409 during six seasons with the Cardinals. He has 52 career homers and 168 RBI. Bader is considered a defensive-first player, and one Cardinals official said they are willing to move him because they think he has reached his ceiling offensively.

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