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In an 8-0 victory over the Padres, Juan Soto, who is back in San Diego, smashes one of the Yankees’ four home runs.

After the designated hitter for the New York Yankees hit a 417-foot, two-run home ball to left field in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Aaron Judge and Juan Soto celebrated with Giancarlo Stanton.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In his first game back in San Diego, Juan Soto launched a big two-run home run, and in the third inning of the New York Yankees’ 8-0 victory over the Padres on Friday night, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both recorded no-hitters off Yu Darvish. The AL East-leading Yankees won for the tenth time in twelve games when Gleyber Torres opened the fourth with a line drive to center. The Bronx Bombers’ offensive outburst was supported by a strong outing by Carlos Rodón (6-2), who won his fourth consecutive decision by limiting the Padres to just three singles in six plus shutout innings. The Yankees pitched their eighth shutout of the season while shutting out San Diego for the third time in five games.

For the first time since the Padres sent the slugger to the Yankees on December 7, which was the second major transaction involving the player in sixteen months, Soto made his debut in San Diego. When the starting lineup was announced at Petco Park, he was met with a mixture of cheers from the large Yankees fan base and jeers from Padres fans each time he took the field. With Austin Wells on base after a leadoff single, Soto wasted little time in letting Padres fans know what they were missing with a deep drive to right field in the third inning. Fernando Tatis Jr. simply turned to watch Soto’s 14th home run, a 423-footer, soar into the stands as Soto threw his bat aside.

Judge followed with his 16th home run, a 409-foot blast to left. Stanton launched his 13th home run of 417 feet into the second balcony of the brick warehouse in the left-field corner while Alex Verdugo was on a single. It brought back memories of the 2016 Home Run Derby, when he won by peppering Petco Park. On the first or second pitch, all four of the home runs came. When Stanton and Judge homer in the same game, the Yankees are 37-4 (including in the playoffs) and 2-0 when Soto, Judge, and Stanton all homer in the same game. On Thursday, Stanton and Judge hit home runs as Seattle was defeated 5-0.

Four home runs by Torres traveled 411 feet. In the seventh, Soto launched himself towards the wall, and in the ninth, he doubled. The opening inning saw Anthony Volpe hit a leadoff triple and score on Judge’s sacrifice fly, ending Darvish’s 25-inning scoreless streak. In an attempt to win his fifth consecutive start, Darvish (4-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking one.

ROOM FOR TRAINER

Yankees: batting ninth On a groundout in the ninth, Jon Berti went down hard just a few feet outside the box and needed assistance getting off the field.RHP Nick Burdi was diagnosed with right hip irritation and put on a 15-day IL. Recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was RHP Yoendrys Gómez.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.05 ERA) and Padres RHP Dylan Cease (5-3, 3.05) are the scheduled starters on Saturday night.

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