Torres homers twice of Colon as Yankees beat Rangers 10-5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) —
Gleyber Torres was only three months old when Bartolo Colon made his major league debut.
Now Torres is a rookie second baseman helping the New York Yankees in a power stretch never accomplished by past Bronx Bombers — none of those teams with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris or Reggie Jackson.
Torres hit two of the four Yankees homers off Colon, and they had five overall in a 10-5 win Monday night at Texas. New York has at least four homers in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, and is the first MLB team to do that since the Rangers in May 2011.
“We have a lot of really good hitters, a lot of power, so I’m not surprised when we do these kind of things, but obviously it’s hard to keep that kind of pace,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It just shows you how difficult that is, and obviously how rare it is.”
No. 9 hitter Torres, playing his 25th career game, had a two-run homer in the second. His solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer already, ended Colon’s bid for a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.
“The lineup is awesome. Everybody does their job,” Torres said. “I just try to help my team too, try to put in something, hit or defense too.”
Colon (2-2), whose big league debut was on April 4, 1997, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings in his 178th career loss. The portly right-hander remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial’s 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.
“He gave up the home runs, two of them to a young guy that seems to be very hot right now,” manager Jeff Banister said.
Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon. Judge’s 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits with only two singles.
“It’s awesome, it’s fun,” Hicks said. “We can attack from the top to the bottom, and everybody contributes.”
Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The right-hander struck out three.
“Saw some encouraging signs,” Boone said. “I didn’t think he had his split to get his chases with to put guys away, and that’s why it was a little bit of a grind for him.”