Aaron Judge hits home run no. 60, closing in on Roger Maris' record for the New York Yankees.

THE NEW YORK Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, Aaron Judge hit a single shot into the left field bleachers for his 60th home run of the year.

Judge hit his 60th home run in the 147th game of the season for the Yankees, tying Babe Ruth's mark from 1927 and moving him one shy of Roger Maris' 1961 AL and franchise record of 61.

In the ninth inning, Judge smashed a single shot off Pittsburgh Pirates closer Wil Crowe to trim the Pirates' lead to 8-5 on a night 

when the slugging leadoff batter for the Yankees grounded out twice, walked once, and struck out once in his previous four at-bats.

Only six MLB players—including Barry Bonds, who set a record-tying 73 home runs in 2001, and Mark McGwire, who hit 70 in 1998—have hit at least 60 home runs in a season. Judge has done it nine times.

Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, predicted before the start of the six-game homestand that "this week is going to be really explosive at the Stadium."


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