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Yankees rookie continues to impress on mound

Judge hits laser homer; Stanton adds insurance with two-run single
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PHILADELPHIA -- When the Yankees were evaluating their internal pitching options earlier this month, Jonathan Loaisiga's name was mentioned frequently. He had yet to pitch above Double-A, but there was something about the right-hander's cocktail of electric stuff and unflappable confidence to suggest he was capable of making the leap.

Thirty-six miles from the Minor League park that he called home as recently as June's second week, Loaisiga carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third big league start and helped the Yankees snap their three-game losing streak with a 4-2 Interleague victory over the Phillies on Monday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

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PHILADELPHIA -- When the Yankees were evaluating their internal pitching options earlier this month, Jonathan Loaisiga's name was mentioned frequently. He had yet to pitch above Double-A, but there was something about the right-hander's cocktail of electric stuff and unflappable confidence to suggest he was capable of making the leap.

Thirty-six miles from the Minor League park that he called home as recently as June's second week, Loaisiga carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third big league start and helped the Yankees snap their three-game losing streak with a 4-2 Interleague victory over the Phillies on Monday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

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"I've got to credit my teammates," Loaisiga said through an interpreter. "Just being around them, seeing the way they pitch, the way they execute one pitch after the other. It gives me a sense of serenity when I go out there and pitch. I just thank God for the opportunity, seeing how they work."

Aaron Judge cracked his team-leading 20th home run in support of the 23-year-old Loaisiga, who was terrific, keeping the Phils off the basepaths until the fifth and holding them hitless until Jorge Alfaro singled to open the sixth. Loaisiga walked two and struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings, picking up his second victory.

Video: NYY@PHI: Alfaro singles in 6th for Phillies' 1st hit

"He was a lot more assertive, a lot more aggressive with his fastball and challenging the strike zone with it," manager Aaron Boone said. "We saw a number of really good breaking balls. We saw some good changeups. When he got in some put-away counts, I felt like he did a better job of making it look like a strike out of the hand, which is something you've got to be better at here in the big leagues."

Promoted from Double-A Trenton to make his debut June 15 against the Rays, Loaisiga impressed by picking up the win with five scoreless innings. He stumbled in his second outing, chased in the fourth inning by the Mariners, but rebounded against a challenging Philadelphia batting order.

"I think it speaks for his character," catcher Austin Romine said. "He's calm out there. He doesn't let a lot get him going. That's a really good lineup over there that can do some damage. I think he pitched really well for the situation."

Video: NYY@PHI: Boone on Loaisiga's outing, Stanton's night

"It's about getting your job done, executing one pitch at a time," Loaisiga said. "That's the way I see it."

Boone said he did not plan to push Loaisiga much past 90 pitches as he continues to build stamina, so there was some relief on the manager's part when his no-hit bid concluded.

"I was going to have to answer tough questions from you guys if he hadn't given up that hit," Boone said, with a grin. "He was coming out."

David Robertson recorded four outs, permitting a run-scoring hit to Scott Kingery in the seventh. Giancarlo Stanton padded the Yankees' lead in the eighth, greeting Yacksel Rios with a two-run single that chopped over Kingery into left field.

After logging his first big league at-bat in the top half of the inning, Dellin Betances issued two walks in the eighth, prompting Aroldis Chapman's entry. Despite allowing a solo homer to Maikel Franco in the ninth, Chapman recorded the final four outs for his 23rd save.

Video: NYY@PHI: Chapman strikes out the side to earn a save

"Losing stinks," Boone said. "You get swept in a series, you want to put an end to that. But that's not something I ever worry about with this group."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gleyber Torres opened the scoring with an opposite-field, run-scoring double in the second inning off Phils starter Vince Velasquez. Judge cleared the left-field wall with a two-out blast in the fifth off Velasquez, who permitted three hits over six innings, walking four and striking out seven.

Video: NYY@PHI: Torres sends an RBI double down the line

"Especially a guy like that, he's going to pound the strike zone, from what we've seen in his past couple of starts," Judge said. "For us, it's try to stay aggressive and get something you can handle, with a guy like that who's got electric stuff."

Video: NYY@PHI: Judge ropes his 20th homer of the year

SOUND SMART
Has Stanton's long-awaited hot streak kicked in? Stanton is 7-for-8 with two doubles, a homer, four RBIs, two runs and two walks in his last two games.

"He's getting synced up," Boone said. "He's getting started a little bit earlier. It's very subtle, but it's allowing him to get into a strong position. We're starting to see the results a little more consistently now."

Video: NYY@PHI: Stanton chops a 2-run single in the 8th

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Stepping to the plate for his first big league at-bat in the eighth inning, Betances channeled Gary Sheffield's intimidating bat waggle, which the pitcher said he had occasionally used during his high school days in Brooklyn, N.Y. Betances struck out on three pitches, waving at a trio of fastballs, but he wasn't cheated on any of the swings.

• Betances' first at-bat was a riot

"I hit in high school, but it's been 12 years," Betances said. "It's just crazy because out of anybody in this clubhouse, I didn't want to hit. I was telling all the pitchers, 'I don't want an AB! It's been 12 years. I'm not going to look good out there.' But it was definitely fun. My teammates got a kick out of it."

Video: NYY@PHI: Betances takes hardy hacks, strikes out

HE SAID IT
"I know this sounds ridiculous. I can laugh about it now, but I was really mad when I was out there. When an umpire tries to take a ball out of play, you can check it, but give it back to me. When a ball has been hit, it's a little softer. I want to throw it." -- Robertson, on his seventh-inning interaction with home-plate umpire Joe West

UP NEXT
The Yankees will continue their series with the Phillies on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET, with right-hander Luis Severino (11-2, 2.24 ERA) heading to the mound for his first career start against Philadelphia. Severino has tallied at least six strikeouts in 22 straight road starts, the fourth-longest such streak in big league history. Right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.42 ERA) draws the start for the Phils.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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