Travis d’Arnaud was down to his last strike. And so were the Rays, down 4-2 with two on and two outs in the ninth inning against All-Star Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
D’Arnaud hacked at the next pitch, fouling off a 100 mph heater. Then another. After two tempting balls in the dirt, he faced a full count. Chapman came back with a slider high and away — and d’Arnaud sent it high and away.
The catcher hit his third home run of the game, a go-ahead drive that sailed over leaping right fielder Aaron Judge for a startling shot that helped Tampa Bay overcome its Yankee Stadium woes to beat New York 5-4 on Monday night.
“Coolest night ever,” d’Arnaud said.
The 30-year-old catcher tied a Tampa Ray record for homers in a game. It has been done five times, most recently by Evan Longoria in 2012.
Dodgers 16, Phillies 2: Cody Bellinger hit his 32nd and 33rd homers, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven in six innings and major-league-leading Los Angeles routed host Philadelphia.
Indians 8, Tigers 6: Oscar Mercado hit his second homer of the game, a leadoff blast in the seventh inning for host Cleveland.
Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 8: Rookie Michael Chavis hit a grand slam, Xander Bogaerts had three hits and Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs as host Boston beat Toronto.
Reds 6, Cubs 3: Eugenio Suarez and Yasiel Puig each hit his 22nd home run of the season, and Cincinnati rallied at Wrigley Field.
Braves 4, Brewers 2: Freddie Freeman hit his 25th home run and Max Fried pitched five scoreless innings for visiting Atlanta.
Royals 5, White Sox 2: Jakob Junis struck out a career-high 10 and Nicky Lopez had two RBIs and two runs for host Kansas City.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 0: Miles Mikolas pitched an eight-hitter and Tyler O’Neill hit a pair of two-run homers, leading host St. Louis.
Briefly: Eduardo Nuñez, who helped the Red Sox win the World Series last year, was designated for assignment. The former Giants infielder was batting .228 in 60 games. … Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was put on the 10-day injured list with shoulder fatigue. … The Tigers bought the contract of pitcher Trevor Rosenthal from Triple-A Toledo. … The Dodgers placed utilityman Chris Taylor on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left forearm and recalled first baseman/outfielder Matt Beaty from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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