Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score
Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.
Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.
Walker hit an RBI double in the second inning to make it 1-0 and hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead, but Masahiro Tanaka surrendered a three-run homer to Rougned Odor in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game at 4.
Judge broke the tie by homering to center field in the top of the fifth, and Torres ignited the Yankees' three-run sixth inning with his second home run of the game and sixth of the season.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a sac fly in the inning that made it 7-4, and Didi Gregorius broke out of a 1-for-48 slump with an RBI double to make it 8-4. Hicks hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
Tanaka (5-2) allowed four runs, three hits and four walks in five innings. He has allowed multiple home runs in two of his last three starts. Colon (2-2), 44, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees continue to unleash their power stroke. The club now has 14 home runs in its last three games. The Yankees entered Monday's contest tied for the second-most homers in baseball and now sit alone in first with 72 (while Boston has 68).
The Yankees are going to win a bunch of games in this fashion, one in which the offense has to make up for some shoddy pitching. Once again, the Yankees youngest player, Torres, was at the forefront of the action with the first multi-homer game of his career. Torres has not be hitting cheap homers either, as each of his six long balls have traveled over 400 feet.
Torres was said to have all the tools as he climbed the prospect ranks, but not quite as much pop as he has displayed thus far as a big leaguer. Torres hit 11 homers in 547 High-A plate appearances in 2016 -- the most of any of his seasons in the minors. Adding that Torres is just 21 years old and may not have fully developed physically, this power display is a bit of a surprise.
Domingo German (0-1, 4.26 ERA) and the Yankees face Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA) and the Rangers in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.