Judge's big blast helps Yankees cap grand homestand

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Per Baseball Savant, that home run traveled for 448 ft with an exit velocity of 115.5 mph.

Montgomery kept it rolling by taking a shutout into the seventh inning, and Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge hit long home runs as NY ran its winning streak to eight games with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Still, manager Joe Girardi insisted the team views Bird as an everyday player.

Judge went quietly, though, grounding into a 6-4 forceout to end it. Robertson ended up picking up his fourth save, even if it's one he might be sheepish about.

Chicago made it 4-0 in the seventh after Tim Anderson singled, just the second ball the White Sox hit out of the infield.

Pitching has been a key component to this Yankees winning streak during this opening homestand and when the starters allow three runs per game, and no matter who the opposition is, well ballgames will be won. LF Brett Gardner also was rested as Girardi stacked his lineup with eight right-handed hitters underneath leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury.

"I honestly don't look at it too much", Judge said of the distance. "The bullpen has done a tremendous job as it has all year and we've had some timely hitting and some big home runs". Leading the way heading into Tuesday was Avisail Garcia with 21 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI. "I never seen anything like that".

BRAVES 5, PADRES 4: Dansby Swanson hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as Atlanta, boosted by Freddie Freeman's two home runs and double, beat San Diego for a four-game sweep in its first series at SunTrust Park.

"I think we're all impressed", Girardi said. "You could see that he was going to pitch at the next level".

Despite breaking out of his slump Sunday night with a huge game at the plate, Yankees 1B Greg Bird was left on the bench in favor of Chris Carter.

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More importantly for the Yankees is it continued the trend of Judge making contact instead of frequently striking out, which he has been known for along with his power. The quality of contact reminded me of a collegiate wooden bat league.

The last time Miguel Gonzalez faced the Yankees, he threw seven shutout innings. Severino's 23.1 percent swinging strike rate with that pitch was the best in any start in his career. But two of the hits were homers, and three of the four runs off him were earned.

The Yankees' starters have a 2.54 ERA during the seven-game winning streak.

Holliday put the Yankees ahead with a titanic three-run shot in a five-run third inning, and Aaron Judge added a two-run homer that chased Derek Holland (1-2) with the score 7-0 in the fifth.

Those were more than enough for Masahiro Tanaka (2-1).

Montgomery earned his first big-league win, allowing seven hits, three in the seventh, with two walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings.

Despite the somewhat quiet night, the Yankees (9-4) would not be off to their best 13-game start going 10-3 in 2010 without their third baseman's production.

The Yankees, who had four hits with runners in scoring position, came into the game hitting.200 in those situations. I don't see a whole lot of reasons to mistrust him or the Yankees right now despite the Tuesday loss, so I'll take NY to get this finale victory.

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