Homer-happy Yankees blast Orioles twice more

Gleyber Torres, who scored on a bases-clearing triple in the nightcap, had a lot to celebrate Monday with three home runs of his own in the Yankees’ doubleheader sweep.
Gleyber Torres, who scored on a bases-clearing triple in the nightcap, had a lot to celebrate Monday with three home runs of his own in the Yankees’ doubleheader sweep.Frank Franklin II/Associated press/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres hit three more home runs, including a pair of three-run drives in the night game as the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep with an 11-8 win on Monday night that stretched their winning streak versus the Orioles to 14 games.

Torres, who had a pair of three-run drives in the night game, has 13 of New York’s record 59 long balls against Baltimore this season.

Gio Urshela had six hits in the twinbill, including a 461-foot homer as the Yankees won the opener, 8-5, and raised his average to .332 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs.


AL East-leading New York hit seven homers while improving to 15-2 against Baltimore with two games left. The Yankees have won 12 of their past 14 overall.

Torres set a big league record with his fifth multihomer game against a team in a season, breaking a tie with Ralph Kiner (1947), Gus Zernial (1951), and Roy Sievers (1955). His 26 homers are two more than his total as a rookie last year, and the 13 against Baltimore matched Roger Maris in 1961 against Cleveland for the second-most against one team in a season by a Yankees player, one behind Lou Gehrig’s total in 1936 versus Cleveland.

When Torres came to the plate with runners on first and second in the eighth, Baltimore intentionally walked him.

Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the day game and had four RBIs. Urshela, Torres, and Cameron Maybin added solo shots, all off Gabriel Ynoa (1-7).

Baltimore has allowed an AL-record 248 homers, 10 from the season mark Cincinnati set in 2016. The Orioles are on pace for 109 defeats.

Brett Gardner hit a three-run triple off Ty Blach (0-1) in the first inning of the night game and Mike Ford had a solo homer. Torres greeted Evan Phillips with a home run that opened an 8-3 lead in the fifth, then hit another long ball against Tom Eshelman in the sixth to make it 11-3.


James Paxton (8-6) started the opener and won a third straight start for the first time since he won seven in a row for Seattle from July 2 to Aug. 4, 2017. The injury decimated Yankees brought in some fresh arms in the night game, when 27-year-old lefthander Joe Mantiply (1-0) got his first big league win in his Yankees debut and 28-year-old righty Brady Lail followed with his big league debut after eight seasons in the minors.

Mantiply, purchased from Cincinnati last week for $1, relieved opener Chad Green with one out in the second and didn’t realize after two straight outs that the inning was over. He allowed three runs over three innings in his return to the major leagues from Tommy John surgery in March 2018. Mantiply’s only previous appearances were five relief outings for Detroit in September 2016.

Lail pitched 2⅔ innings with his family looking on, giving up Hanser Alberto’s three-run homer.

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini homered in each game, and Anthony Santander went deep in the opener.

Urshela had an RBI double and was a triple shy of the cycle in the opener. He was purchased by the Yankees from Toronto on Aug. 4, 2018, for $1 and entered the season with eight homers and 39 RBIs over 167 games with Cleveland and Toronto.


‘‘I didn’t know that I had that power,’’ the 27-year-old infielder said.

Gregorius has 35 RBIs in 47 games since returning from Tommy John surgery. He rolled over his left wrist going for a grounder on July 31, straining the area between his left ring finger and pinkie.

‘‘Every time I take a swing, I do adjust the batting glove to make sure that everything stays in tight,’’ he said. ‘‘Ain’t much I can change about it. Pain tolerance, basically.’’

Paxton (8-6) allowed three runs in six innings, including Renato Nunez’s sacrifice fly in the first. He has a 10.71 ERA in the opening inning and a 2.58 ERA over the rest of his outings.

Aroldis Chapman (32) and Adam Ottovino (two) got saves.