SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge hit a colossal three-run homer that nearly soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sabathia won on his 37th birthday as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Friday night.
Judge's 31st home run in the fifth inning was memorable and nearly historic and his first since July 7. The big slugger clobbered a hanging curveball from Seattle starter Andrew Moore (1-2) into the second deck in left field, with the ball landing three rows from the top of the stadium. No one has hit one out of Safeco during a game since the ballpark opened midway through the 1999 season.
Judge came close and continued to emerge from a post-All-Star break slump. He finished with four RBIs, including a sacrifice fly that gave New York a 2-1 lead.
Clint Frazier also had an RBI double as the Yankees won for the third time in four games.