Instant replay: Yankees big bats rout Rangers

The Rangers offense knocked Masahiro Tanaka around

Judge also broke the MLB record for walks in a season with 107. But it was all Yankees after that.

Aaron Judge reacted with a sense of awe about the company of Yankees legends the young slugger joined with his 40-homer season.

There is no way to explain the team's condition in close games this season, except to say it is what it is and it needs to get better.

A six-month grind has three weeks and nine innings remaining, and the Yankees are involved in two races that will dictate how they spend the first week of October.

This is assuming, of course, the Yankees can get by whoever they face in the one-game shootout so they can move on to the American League Division Series when strong pitching and timely hitting prevails. Rua had only five hits in his previous 33 at-bats with the Rangers.

The 25-year-old Judge homered twice Sunday in New York's series-clinching 16-7 win at Texas, becoming only the second major league rookie with a 40-homer season. The others are Mickey Mantle (52 in 1956), Joe DiMaggio (46 in 1937), Lou Gehrig (47 in 1927) and Babe Ruth (54 in 1920). In the fifth, Gallo could not handle Chase Headley's hard grounder for an error, and the Yankees added two runs on Didi Gregorious' two-out single.

"Any loss at this point is bad", Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said.

The Seattle Mariners are in town tomorrow for a four-game series.

Judge's second homer of the game ricocheted off a facade high above the Yankees bullpen in left-center field, and the ball then dropped among the relievers.

Watching Sanchez's first-inning drive almost reach the back wall of the left-field bleachers with two outs and the bases empty reinforced Girardi's idea to use him at DH.

His first homer two innings earlier capped a six-run outburst for a 9-1 lead, landing in the Rangers bullpen in right-center field. The rotation has fine overall potential despite poor starts from Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and rookie Jordan Montgomery. The Yankees will play 17 of their last 20 games in New York. In his last 10 starts, Griffin is 2-6 with a 7.59 ERA.

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