ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 26th and 27th home runs, Jose Trevino hit a two-run shot that gave New York the lead in the eighth inning, and the Yankees beat the Tampa Rays Bay 5-4 Wednesday night.
Judge’s 22nd career multi-home run helped the Yankees come back from a 4-1 deficit after Isaac Paredes hit his fourth home run in two games for the Rays.
Clarke Schmidt (4-2) picked up the win and Clay Holmes threw a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 13 attempts.
The victory was the 18th in 21 games for the Yankees, who maintained a 12-game lead in the AL East.
“It was a huge win in the series,” said Trevino, who had two of New York’s seven hits. “These guys make a good team. We come here and we take two out of three from them.
Trevino’s sixth homer provided the Yankees with their winning margin, but it was a defensive play the catcher made at fourth that turned the tables. The Rays were up 4-1 and had the bases loaded when third baseman Josh Donaldson snuck past Taylor Walls, and a perfect pitch from Trevino ended the inning.
“It was a shot in the arm,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It was just one of those full, table-turning, empowering pieces.”
“I was just trying to get (pitcher Jordan Montgomery) out of the inning,” Trevino said.
“It was huge to get us out of the inning that way,” Montgomery said, “and it gave us a lot of energy, I guess.”
Tampa Bay lost for the eighth time in 11 games, and in giving up two of three to the rival Yankees lost a fourth straight series for the first time since August 2017.
Paredes, who hit three homers in the Rays’ 5-4 win on Tuesday night, hit his ninth homer of the season leading the second against Montgomery. Vidal Brujan added a two-run homer in the same inning to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
Rays starter Shane Baz pitched 4 2/3 innings in his sixth major league start, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six. He hit the judge with the bases loaded on his last pitch.
The Yankees left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth while scoring just one run. But Judge, who homered in the fourth against Baz, led the seventh with another homer against Colin Poche, cutting the Rays’ lead to 4-3.
Trevino’s home run was beaten by Ralph Garza Jr. (0-2) after Isiah Kiner-Falefa led the eighth with a walk, one of eight thrown by Rays pitchers in the last five innings.
“We had opportunities to add more tracks and we didn’t, and it’s pretty obvious that we were a little gassed in the bullpen from the day before and even the previous use, and that made us caught up there at the end,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “The walks – it goes without saying that the team will capitalize on the opportunities.”
Montgomery allowed more than three earned runs for the first time in 14 starts this season. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.
“I didn’t really have much there in the middle of the game,” he said.
Yankees: RHP Domingo German (right shoulder impingement syndrome) allowed one hit in three shutout innings in his first rehab start for Class A Tampa.
Spokes: SS Wander Franco (right quad strain) went six innings in the first of his three scheduled rehab matches with Triple-A Durham. … After his fourth rehab outing for Durham on Tuesday, RHP Luis Patino (left oblique strain) will need at least three more, according to Cash. … RHP Andrew Kittredge underwent Tommy John surgery.
Paredes became the first player in Rays history to homer four straight, and the first major leaguer to do so since Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox in August 2020.
Paredes’ home run streak was interrupted Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in his fourth plate appearance.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (8-1, 2.70 ERA) tries to become the AL’s first nine-game winner on Thursday night in Game 1 of a four-game series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.
Rays: LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.00) pitches Friday night in Game 1 of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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