Yankees big bats rout Rangers — Instant replay

Taking advantage of some truly hideous pitching, the Yankees got four hits and four RBIs by Didi Gregorius and two homers apiece from Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge in pounding the Rangers, 16-7, at Globe Life Park. The Yankees have 20 games left on the schedule, so Judge will have to go on a serious tear to match or surpass McGwire's rookie record.

Aaron Judge has become the second rookie in Major League history to hit 40 home runs.

Mark McGwire hit a league-high 49 homers as a rookie for Oakland in 1987, and Judge - who leads the AL with 41 - remembers following Big Mac. But it was all Yankees after that. Chirinos has reached base in 24 consecutive games. Sanchez avoided Gallo's tag, and the Yankees used the extra out to score two runs.

"Any loss at this point is bad", Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said.

Jordan Montgomery lasted just 3.1 innings Sunday
Jordan Montgomery lasted just 3.1 innings Sunday

Starter A.J. Griffin and reliever Nick Martinez combined to allow six runs in a game-breaking fourth inning.

His first homer two innings earlier capped a six-run outburst for a 9-1 lead, landing in the Rangers bullpen in right-center field.

ROTATION REPORT: Griffin came out after allowing the first two hitters in the fourth to reach.

Yankees: Back to New York to open a series Monday night against Tampa Bay at Citi Field, home of the Mets. His two-out, two-run single in the fifth made it 11-3.

  • Ricardo Clara