Judge breaks McGwire's HR rookie record, Yankees top Royals

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge looks after a two-run homer during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in New York. It was Judge's 49th home run, which ties the MLB rookie home run record. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie, hitting a pair for the second straight day to raise his total to 50 and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 11-3 Monday.

Judge tied the mark with a two-run drive to right-center off Jakob Junis (8-3) in the third inning that put New York ahead 3-0. His solo shot over the visitors' bullpen in left against Trevor Cahill in the seventh made it 7-3 and earned him a rare curtain call.

CC Sabathia (13-5) took a 6-0 lead into the seventh, when Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and Mike Moustakas chased him by going deep four pitches later. Mixing sharp cutters and sliders, Sabathia allowed six hits in six-plus innings.

Junis gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.