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Faulty defense taketh away, faulty defense giveth. 

After a fielding miscue by Isiah Kiner-Falefa led to a five-run implosion by Gerrit Cole, the Yankees mounted a comeback three innings later with the help of an error by Royals shortstop Maikel Garcia. 

Fittingly enough, it was Kiner-Falefa who then delivered the go-ahead RBI before Aaron Judge blew the game open with his second home run of the night, a grand slam, to complete the eight-run eighth inning and lift the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Royals on Friday night in The Bronx. 

Judge’s six-RBI night capped off the latest chapter of his MVP-caliber season, as the right fielder robbed MJ Melendez, the first batter of the game, of a home run with a catch at the wall. He later added his 40th and 41st home runs to power the Yankees (68-33) for the second straight night. 

Judge became the first Yankee since Roger Maris in 1961 to reach the 40-homer mark before August, and joined Babe Ruth (1928, 1921) as the only players in franchise history with 41 homers through the first 101 games.

The Yankees entered a 23-minute rain delay before the top of the eighth trailing 5-3, but got to work in the bottom of the inning. 

Aaron Judge crushes a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Aaron Judge crushes a grand slam in the eighth inning.
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Aaron Judge robs a home run in the first inning.
Aaron Judge robs a home run in the first inning.
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The rally began with one out on Anthony Rizzo’s infield single, which Gleyber Torres followed with another single. Josh Donaldson then hit a potential inning-ending double play ball to shortstop, but Garcia bobbled it to leave the bases loaded. 

Andrew Benintendi came up next and recorded his first hit as a Yankee, an infield single to first base that drove in Rizzo and cut the deficit to 5-4. After Aaron Hicks tried to say he got hit by a pitch, he ended up drawing a walk to drive home Torres with the tying run. 

Kiner-Falefa then found redemption, ripping a single through the left side to put the Yankees up 6-5 and extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. 

After Jose Trevino added an insurance run on an RBI groundout, DJ LeMahieu singled to reload the bases for Judge, who roped the grand slam to right to make it 11-5. 

Wandy Peralta then took care of the Royals (39-61) in the ninth inning, striking out the side around a walk and a single, to lock down the Yankees’ second straight win. 

Cole cruised early before running into trouble in the fifth inning. The Royals loaded the bases with two outs on three straight singles — one of which could have been an error on Kiner-Falefa as a hard one-hopper bounced right through him, and one of which didn’t leave the infield. 

Isiah Kiner-Falefa ties the game in the eighth inning.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa delivers the go-ahead hit in the eighth inning.
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Kiner-Falefa had allowed an infield single on a double clutch in the third inning, but that didn’t come back to hurt the Yankees. 

This one did. Cole was one strike away from escaping the fifth with the shutout intact when Whit Merrifield slapped a two-run single the other way to make it 3-2. 

Two pitches later, Cole unleashed a 100 mph fastball at the top of the zone that Salvador Perez turned on and clobbered for a three-run shot that put the Royals ahead 5-3. 

Gerrit Cole pitches on Friday during the Yankees' win over the Royals.
Gerrit Cole pitches on Friday during the Yankees’ win over the Royals.
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Andrew Benintendi celebrates after his RBI single in the eighth inning.
Andrew Benintendi celebrates after his RBI single in the eighth inning.
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A night after ending a 1-0 victory with a home run, Judge started the game Friday with a home run robbery. Starting his first game in right field since July 10, Judge raced back to the wall, leaped and used all of his 6-foot-7 frame to reach over and bring back what would have been a leadoff home run by Melendez. 

Rizzo then gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, crushing a home run to left-center field off Royals left-hander Kris Bubic. 

Judge blasted his 40th home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run bomb that traveled an estimated 449 feet deep into the seats in left-center field to make it 3-0.


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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