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Martinez hits a 3-run homer as the Mets rough up Imanaga while routing the Cubs 11-1

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Martinez hits a 3-run homer as the Mets rough up Imanaga while routing the Cubs 11-1
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Martinez hits a 3-run homer as the Mets rough up Imanaga while routing the Cubs 11-1

2024-06-22 06:49 Last Updated At:06:50

CHICAGO (AP) — J.D. Martinez, Francisco Alvarez and Brandon Nimmo homered against Shota Imanaga, and the New York Mets pounded the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Friday.

Francisco Lindor had three hits and scored twice as New York won for the eighth time in nine games. Jose Iglesias went 4 for 5 with three RBIs.

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New York Mets pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

CHICAGO (AP) — J.D. Martinez, Francisco Alvarez and Brandon Nimmo homered against Shota Imanaga, and the New York Mets pounded the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Friday.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Starling Marte scores during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Starling Marte scores during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Pete Alonso cools himself off in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Pete Alonso cools himself off in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Francisco Alvarez celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Francisco Alvarez celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo celebrates in the dugout hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo celebrates in the dugout hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez looks towards the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez looks towards the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

“This is the kind of potential this lineup has,” Martinez said.

The Mets also improved to 12-3 in their last 15 games. They are averaging 6.6 runs and 10.3 hits during the stretch.

“The guys are doing a pretty good job turning the page and preparing for the next game,” Iglesias said.

New York became the first team to get a second look at Imanaga (7-2) during his impressive transition to the major leagues, and it tagged the Japanese left-hander for 10 runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. Imanaga pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in a 1-0 victory at New York on May 1.

This time, the Mets scored three times before Imanaga recorded his first out. Lindor hit a leadoff double and Nimmo walked before Martinez hit a 412-foot drive to center for his ninth homer.

“Sometimes, when I am 100 percent, that's not enough,” Imanaga said through an interpreter. “So I need to figure out unique ways to be better.”

Martinez said he didn't feel like Imanaga's fastball had the same life it had during his start in New York. That also caught the attention of Cubs manager Craig Counsell.

“In the bigger picture, obviously we're continuing to take a look at that,” Counsell said.

Alvarez led off the second with his second homer. With two out and Iglesias on first, Nimmo made it 6-1 when he hit an opposite-field shot for his 10th on the season.

Imanaga folded his arms across his chest after Nimmo's homer reached the bleachers in left.

“We took his heater away,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said. “We were ready for the fastball, and when we got pitches in the zone, especially with the fastballs, we were ready to go.”

New York added four more in the fourth. Martinez chased Imanaga with an RBI single, and Iglesias capped the outburst with a two-run single off Hayden Wesneski.

Imanaga's ERA ballooned from 1.89 to 2.96 after his shortest outing with Chicago so far. He surrendered two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his first 13 major league starts.

“I felt their lineup, when I faced them today, they are different,” Imanaga said, “and then how I felt against them the previous time and today was a little different. So I definitely felt like they made an adjustment.”

New York lefty Jose Quintana (3-5) pitched four-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings in his second straight win. He allowed one unearned run, struck out eight and walked one against one of his former teams.

The Cubs dropped to 3-4 on a nine-game homestand. Cody Bellinger had two of Chicago's six hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Mendoza said RHP Dedniel Núñez was feeling better. He wasn't available for Wednesday night's 5-3 loss at Texas because of a sinus infection.

Cubs: SS Dansby Swanson was replaced by a pinch hitter in the seventh. Counsell said Swanson “landed a little funny,” and the move was precautionary. ... RHP Ben Brown (neck strain) has started playing catch, but he hasn't progressed to throwing off a mound. “We're going to just increase activity as long as there's no symptoms,” Counsell said. “This could go pretty quickly here, but we're also going to be careful of recreating symptoms.”

UP NEXT

Right-handers Tylor Megill (2-3, 3.52 ERA) and Jameson Taillon (3-3, 3.08 ERA) start on Saturday. Megill pitched five innings of two-run ball in New York's 11-6 victory against San Diego last weekend. Taillon is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA in his last seven starts for Chicago.

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New York Mets pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Starling Marte scores during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Starling Marte scores during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Pete Alonso cools himself off in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Pete Alonso cools himself off in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Francisco Alvarez celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Francisco Alvarez celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo celebrates in the dugout hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo celebrates in the dugout hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez looks towards the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez looks towards the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 33rd homer for his first RBI in over a week, and the New York Yankees took the opener of their three-game set with AL East-leading Baltimore, beating the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night.

Benches cleared and there was some pushing and shoving in the bottom of the ninth after Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad was hit around the ear flap of his helmet by Clay Holmes' pitch.

Gerrit Cole (2-1) pitched six solid innings for the Yankees, who pulled within a game of first place. Baltimore has dropped four in a row.

The teams met for the first time since the Orioles took two of three in New York last month. Since then, the Yankees are 6-13 and Baltimore is 8-12. That has allowed Boston to creep to within 5 1/2 games of the division lead.

Cole allowed a run and five hits, throwing 106 pitches in his longest outing — by both innings and pitches — since returning from elbow problems in the middle of June. Three relievers finished, with Holmes working a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.

With one out, a 97 mph pitch by Holmes hit Kjerstad in the helmet. After a delay, Kjerstad was able to get up but left the game. Then things escalated, with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde walking toward the New York dugout and pointing, at which point Yankees catcher Austin Wells tried to restrain Hyde but benches and bullpens emptied.

Hyde was ejected.

Baltimore rookie Cade Povich (1-4) permitted three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out six.

Anthony Volpe led off the second with a single and ended up all the way on third thanks to right fielder Anthony Santander's error. Jose Trevino's double gave New York a 1-0 lead, and a single by Jahmal Jones brought Trevino home.

The Orioles, who were shut out by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday and Thursday, put the leadoff man on base five times in the first seven innings against New York, but their only run came on an RBI triple by Ramón Urías in the second.

Judge, who had gone eight games without an RBI or an extra-base hit, answered in the third with a drive past the deep left-field wall at Camden Yards. He leads the major leagues in home runs by five over Shohei Ohtani.

Judge walked in his other four plate appearances.

The Yankees added a run in the ninth on Juan Soto's RBI single.

The Orioles are unbeaten in their last 22 series against the AL East, going 16-0-6. The Yankees can end that run with a victory Saturday or Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: New York put INF J.D. Davis (stomach flu) on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Tuesday. The Yankees recalled INF Jorbit Vivas from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

UP NEXT

Baltimore sends Grayson Rodriguez (11-3) to the mound against Luis Gil (9-5) on Saturday. Gil didn't make it through the second inning of a 17-5 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium last month.

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CORRECTS PLAYER NAME TO HESTON KJERSTAD - Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, center, steals second base in front of New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

CORRECTS PLAYER NAME TO HESTON KJERSTAD - Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, center, steals second base in front of New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, left, is evaluated by a trainer, right, after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, left, is evaluated by a trainer, right, after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Players clear the benches after Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad reacts after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad reacts after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, left, is evaluated by a trainer, right, after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, left, is evaluated by a trainer, right, after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Cade Povich delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Cade Povich delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres (25) is caught stealing second base by Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres (25) is caught stealing second base by Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, right, collides with New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe while stealing second base during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Baltimore Orioles' Heston Kjerstad, right, collides with New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe while stealing second base during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge celebrates hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge celebrates hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

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