TORONTO — Aaron Boone didn’t come away from the Yankees’ recent homestand disappointed that Aaron Judge failed to tie or pass Roger Maris.
“The script will play out. It’s the drama of sport,” Boone said. “Things happen if and when they’re supposed to.”
That occasion was not Monday against the Blue Jays, either.
Judge went 1-for-3 with two walks but did not homer for a sixth straight game, staying put at 60 in the Yankees’ walk-off 3-2 loss in 10 innings in front of 34,307 at Rogers Centre.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s two-out RBI single off Clarke Schmidt won it for the Blue Jays. In the top of the 10th, with runners on first and second and two outs, the Blue Jays intentionally walked Judge to load the bases and brought in lefthander Tim Mayza to face Anthony Rizzo. He grounded out to end the inning.
“Game on the line, that’s where you want to hit,’’ Judge said. ‘That’s why I’m doing all the work to put myself in the position to go out there and help the team out and help us get a win right there. But I trust every guy in our lineup, every single guy on our bench, and especially the guy behind me in Anthony Rizzo. Day in and day out for most of the season, he’s [come through] in the big spots. Today didn’t do it. I’m sure tomorrow we’ll get it done.”
The Yankees (94-59) failed to clinch the AL East title and the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs. Their magic number remained at two. If they beat Toronto (87-67) in one of the next two games, they will clinch the title.
Judge singled in his first at-bat, walked, struck out his next two times at the plate and then was intentionally walked.
In the race for the American League batting title, which would give Judge the Triple Crown, he is hitting .3144. Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, whose team was idle, is at .3130. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-5 in a 14-8 loss to the Orioles and is at .3127.
“I thought once again good,’’ Boone said of Judge’s at-bats. “Gets off to a good start with the base hit the other way and come around to score. Worked some walks. I thought [Yimi] Garcia did a really good job against him [in the eighth]. He got into a good count, 3-1 there, and he really executed some pitches. Thought there were a couple of pitches down and out of the zone called against him tonight, but I thought Garcia did a good job and probably got him to expand there a little bit on the 3-2 count. But more good at-bats.”
Luis Severino, making his second start since coming off the 60-day injured list and on a pitch count in the range of 75, allowed two runs and three hits in four innings, with both runs scoring on Teoscar Hernandez’s bases-loaded double off the centerfield wall in the fourth.
Kevin Gausman, against whom Judge came in 8-for-22 with three homers, allowed two runs and six hits — including a 404-foot homer by Isiah Kiner-Falefa — in 6 1⁄3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Judge was greeted with some polite applause but nothing more than that upon being announced before stepping into the box to lead off and lining a single to rightfield. “Well, nothing’s like Yankee Stadium, that’s for sure,’’ he said. “I know Rogers Centre here gets pretty loud and pretty packed, but nothing like Yankee Stadium. But it felt just like a normal game for me.’’
Rizzo followed with a double to right and Gleyber Torres’ sacrifice fly made it 1-0 and allowed Rizzo to take third. Josh Donaldson then flied to short left and Giancarlo Stanton struck out.
With two outs in the second, Kiner-Falefa hit his fourth homer, hammering a 1-and-2 pitch to left to make it 2-0.
Bo Bichette led off the fourth with a single and should have been erased on a grounder by Guerrero hit straight at Kiner-Falefa. The shortstop booted it, then hesitated before throwing to first, too late to get Guerrero. The play was scored a hit, among the most perplexing scoring decisions of the season.
Alejandro Kirk walked to load the bases and Matt Chapman popped to short center, not nearly deep enough to bring in Bichette. Hernandez then blasted a 98-mph fastball off the top of the wall in center — missing a grand slam by inches and displaying body language that made it clear he thought he had homered — for a two-run double that tied it at 2-2.
“That’s part of the game,’’ Severino said of Kiner-Falefa’s misplay. “That’s going to happen. My job is to make pitches and get outs. You have to stay out of [the middle] of the plate and Hernandez took advantage of that and scored two runs there.”