July 6, 2022

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Yanks push win streak to 9 behind Judge's 2-HR day

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KANSAS CITY — Following the Yankees’ win on Saturday night, manager Aaron Boone commended his team’s ability to win in multiple ways. Gerrit Cole did the same just moments later in the locker room, explaining the importance of being able to carve out a victory no matter the situation.

“That’s our strength,” Cole said. “Versatility, and ability to play tight games, ability to boat race people, and ability to come back.”

Friday night was the boat race, as New York won 12-2. Saturday was the tight game, as Cole and the bullpen bore down and closed it out late. All that left was the comeback — a box the Bombers couldn’t help but check off before leaving town.

Led by Aaron Judge, the Yankees came from behind to defeat the Royals, 6-4, at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, securing the sweep and their ninth consecutive victory. They’ve now won 11 of their past 12 and sit at 16-6, the best record in the Major Leagues.

After belting a mammoth 453-foot homer earlier in the game, Judge did almost the exact opposite thing in the seventh when he sent a little dribbler down the line that brought in the go-ahead run. Anthony Rizzo slid past the tag at home to take the lead in the next at-bat, and Judge came back and put it on ice with his second homer of the game — and seventh of the winning streak — in the ninth.

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