New York’s Aaron Judge, center, and starting pitcher Nestor Cortes, right, celebrate after Judge hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning to lift the Yankees to a 6-3 win over Houston on Sunday in New York. Noah K. Murray/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge drove a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit against the Astros in four days, and the New York Yankees recovered after nearly being no-hit for the second consecutive game to beat Houston 6-3 for a four-game split between the AL’s top teams.

Giancarlo Stanton ended a historic hitless drought for New York with a one-out homer in the seventh inning, and DJ LeMahieu tied te game with a two-run drive in the eighth.

After Michael King stranded the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa dropped a two-strike bunt that moved automatic runner Aaron Hicks to third. Right-hander Seth Martinez intentionally walked pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter and struck out LeMahieu, setting up a showdown with the Judge.

Just like on Thursday, when he broke a 6-all tie with a single in the ninth, Judge won it for the major league-leading Yankees. His rocket to left-center on a slider landed in the visiting bullpen.

After rounding the bases, Judge walked over to the stands and gifted his bat to film director Spike Lee.

With their 10th walkoff win this year, the Yankees improved to 53-20 and matched the third-best 73-game start in the majors since 1930 – trailing only the 2001 Mariners and 1998 Yankees. They are 24-1 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, including 8-0 this season.


WHITE SOX 4, ORIOLES 3: Dylan Cease struck out a career-high 13 over seven innings, Gavin Sheets homered and Chicago avoided a four-game sweep, hanging on to beat Baltimore after the Orioles scored twice in the ninth inning in Chicago.

The Orioles, aided by two errors by first baseman José Abreu, loaded the bases against Kendall Graveman with none out before Jonathan Araúz lined an RBI single.

After pinch hitter Rougned Odor struck out, Cedric Mullins cut it to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly. Graveman struck out Trey Mancini for his third save as the White Sox ended a four-game skid, eluding their first four-game sweep at home since Sept. 4-7, 2017 against Cleveland.

The Orioles’ season-high four-game winning streak ended.

ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 3: Seth Brown hit his 10th home run of the season, Nick Allen had two RBI and Oakland won in Kansas City, Missouri.

Brown leads the team in home runs, and belted a solo shot to right in the sixth inning to make it 2-0.


ANGELS 2, MARINERS 1: A lengthy bench-clearing brawl resulted in the ejections of six players and both managers in the second inning of Los Angeles’ win in Anaheim, California.

Three of the first four hitters in the Mariners’ lineup were ejected, while three Angels pitchers were tossed after two days of tension over inside pitches boiled over with punches thrown by people from both teams. The melee began when Seattle’s Jesse Winker charged the Angels’ emptying dugout after Winker was hit by the first pitch of the inning from Angels opener Andrew Wantz.


MARLINS 3, METS 2: Rookie Nick Fortes hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Miami won at home.

Fortes drove an 0-1 pitch from reliever Adam Ottavino (2-2) into the left field seats as Miami avoided a three-game sweep by the NL East leaders.

Miami reliever Tanner Scott (3-2) walked J.D. Davis to lead off the ninth. Davis advanced on a wild pitch and reached third on Luis Guillorme’s one-out groundout. Scott struck out James McCann to end the Mets threat.


New York finished 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

CUBS 6, CARDINALS 5: Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to drive in his third run of the game, and Chicago overcame a five-run deficit to win in St. Louis.

St. Louis led 5-0 but starter Jack Flaherty left after two innings because of right shoulder tightness, and the Cubs tied the score with a five-run fourth. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four games and seven of their last 10.

Contreras hit a tying two-run single in the fourth and led off the 10th with a single off Zack Thompson (1-1) that scored automatic runner Nelson Velázquez.

PHILLIES 8, PADRES 5: Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning and Philadelphia rallied to win in San Diego, a day after losing NL MVP Bryce Harper indefinitely with a broken left thumb.

Harper was injured when he was hit by a pitch from left-hander Blake Snell in Philadelphia’s 4-2 win on Saturday night. The slugger, who has had a great season while playing mostly at designated hitter because of an elbow injury, is expected to see a specialist after the Phillies return home.


San Diego’s Yu Darvish left with a 5-3 lead after striking out a season-high nine in six innings. But reliever Nabil Crismatt (4-1) couldn’t hold it after getting into trouble opening the seventh. Bryson Stott walked, Matt Vierling singled and Schwarber, the leadoff batter, drove a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats for the lead. It was his 21st.

REDS 10, GIANTS 3: Tyler Mahle pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory in more than a month, and Cincinnati won in San Francisco.

Nick Senzel singled three times to pace Cincinnati on a day when every Reds starter had at least one hit and seven drove in one run or more.

Joey Votto hit an RBI double as part of the Reds’ seven-run third inning, helping Cincinnati take two of three from San Francisco after dropping seven in a row.


RAYS 4, PIRATES 2: Shane McClanahan struck out 10 over seven innings, Tampa Bay had a three-run seventh keyed by an overturned call and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating Pittsburgh in St. Petersburg, Florida.


McClanahan (8-3) allowed one run and four hits, and had 10 strikeouts, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.77 ERA and grabbing the big league lead in strikeouts with 123.

The Rays took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on Ji-Man Choi’s run-scoring double and RBI singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes off Anthony Banda, who replaced Tyler Beede (0-1) with one on and two outs.

It appeared the inning was over with the score still 1-1 when Randy Arozarena was called out attempting to steal second. The call by second base umpire Dan Merzel was overturned when a video review shortstop Diego Castillo missed the tag.

BREWERS 10, BLUE JAYS 3: Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of two-run homers against his former team, leading Milwaukee to a win at home.

Milwaukee took two of three in the series between teams meeting for the first time since 2017.

Tellez, traded from Toronto to the Brewers last July, homered in the first inning. He then connected in the second for his 13th home run.


TWINS 6, ROCKIES 3: Byron Buxton had three hits, including an RBI triple for the second straight game, and Minnesota beat Colorado in Minneapolis to stretch its AL Central lead ahead of a pivotal series against Cleveland.

Max Kepler added two hits and two RBI for the Twins, who have a two-game lead in the AL Central race. They hit the road for five games in four days against the Guardians, who overtook the Twins this week, only to lose four straight – including a sweep at home by Boston.

NATIONALS 6, RANGERS 4: Jackson Tetreault allowed one run in six-plus innings in his third major league start, Josh Bell had his second three-hit game of the weekend and Nelson Cruz drove in three runs as theWashington won in Arlington, Texas.

The Nationals scored three runs in each of the first two innings. They’ve won four of their last six games and took their first road series since sweeping three at Cincinnati on June 3-5.

Tetreault (2-1) took a shutout into the seventh and left with runners at second and third and none out. A run scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonah Heim off reliever Erasmo Ramirez.

DIAMONDBACKS 11, TIGERS 7: Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer, Pavin Smith had a career-high four hits and three RBI and Arizona avoided a series sweep with a win at home over Detroit.


David Peralta also had three hits for Arizona, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

Varsho’s homer was his 10th of the season, and came in a five-run sixth inning for Arizona. The Diamondbacks had 13 total hits on Sunday.


PHILLIES: Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken left thumb and Philadelphia hasn’t yet announced a timeline for his return.

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak was recalled from Triple-A to take Harper’s roster spot.

Harper’s thumb was broken when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell on Saturday night.


Harper will see a specialist after the team returns to Philadelphia. Beyond that there is no timetable for his return, manager Rob Thomson said before the Phillies and Padres played the finale of a four-game series.

BRAVES: Ronald Acuña Jr. is not starting in the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night after fouling a ball off his left foot the previous night.

Acuña moved around the Braves clubhouse Sunday afternoon with his left knee on a medical scooter to keep his foot elevated. Tests showed no fracture, but the star outfielder said he couldn’t put pressure on his foot.

Ronald Acuña Jr. is not starting in the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night after fouling a ball off his left foot the previous night.

Acuña moved around the Braves clubhouse Sunday afternoon with his left knee on a medical scooter to keep his foot elevated. Tests showed no fracture, but the star outfielder said he couldn’t put pressure on his foot.

TELEVISION: NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood realizes that game telecasts without announcers have been attempted a couple times, mostly without success. He is hoping the July 3 game between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers on Peacock will reverse that trend.

Peacock will not have any announcers in the booth for its streaming coverage of the AL Central matchup from Detroit’s Comerica Park. Instead, reporters will take fans around the ballpark and view the game from different vantage points.

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