The Yankees used Judge's legs to score the game's first run in the fourth inning.
"Great way to start four days here", NY manager Joe Girardi said. This one came in his eighth game since coming off the DL.
CINCINNATI - Devin Mesoraco snapped an 0-for-15 slump in the best possible way, leading off the 10th inning with a home run off Jose Ramirez to lift Cincinnati to a comeback win over Atlanta. As noted by Blue Jays PR, tonight became the 11th multi home-run game in Donaldson's career.
NOTES: Toronto C Russell Martin missed his third straight game Saturday because of a neck issue but said he hopes to return to the lineup Sunday. "(He's) not good enough, It's one of those things, if you keep aggravating it, things can get worse so hopefully tomorrow", Gibbons said. "A lot of times when you're trying to be too careful that's when you end up making mistakes". Judge singled with one out, stole a base, advanced to third on a throwing error and came home on Holliday's double off the centre-field wall. The 23-year-old Dominican hasn't yielded a home run in his last four starts and is unbeaten (2-0) with a 1.88 ERA over his past five outings.
It was the fourth multihomer game of Sanchez's career.
"He had everything tonight", Girardi said.
"I felt familiar with what he was going to do and he gave me a pitch I could hit", Donaldson said. "When he's getting those pitches to hit, he's very rarely missing".
Montgomery (3-4) allowed three hits and three walks over six innings.
It was the 25th multihomer game of the season for NY, second in the majors to Tampa Bay (26).
For Estrada, it his shortest start since September 9 against Boston. If all goes well, we could be seeing Sanchez back on the mound shortly.
The ball left Donaldson's bat at 100 m.p.h. and travelled 384 feet to right centre-field to the delight of the sellout crowd of 46,782 with the Rogers Centre roof closed.
He couldn't. Travis finished the inning but gave way to Ryan Goins for the eighth.
X-rays were negative. "I thought I broke sit", Travis said.
The Reds have scored in the first inning of six straight games, the first time they've done that since August 25-30, 1999. Kevin Pillar brought 58 hits, 33 runs and 13 RBI into the weekend, while Kendrys Morales had 51 hits, 28 runs, 11 homers and 31 RBI to his name. Baltimore trails by a pair of games, Boston trails by three and the Rays trail by four and a half.
The big damage in that opening inning came on a bases loaded (and bases clearing) double from Hicks to boost the Yanks lead to 4-0. Some of the pre-game talk in Gibbons' office on Saturday centered around the National Hockey League playoffs and the fact that country star Billy Ray Cyrus wrote a song for the Nashville Predators called Bring the Stanley Cup to Tennessee. Toronto added another in the fourth when Pineda threw one into the dirt that NY catcher Gary Sanchez couldn't handle, scoring Luke Maile from third. OF Dalton Pompey (concussion) was transferred from Class A Dunedin to Triple-A Buffalo. After Sunday, they are 2-2 in June.
Travis, whose 13-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, snapped an 0-for-6 slump by connecting off Wandy Peralta (2-1). He took over from Joe Biagini, who allowed three runs (one earned) in seven innings.
Biagini was pressed into service as a starter when three in Toronto's rotation - J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez and Francisco Liriano - went down with injuries. It's one thing to have a starter's repertoire, as Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Joe Biagini does.
Brett Gardner, the seemingly ageless NY leadoff hitter, stroked a fly ball to left-centre in the first inning that Ezequiel Carrera scurried to catch, but the ball squirted free from his glove. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (3-5, 4.44) will start for the Braves.