BOSTON — Gleyber Torres dashed around the bases for a “Little League” home run, hitting a tag at home plate with a head-first slide, and the Yankees are once again piling up some big-time wins.
Torres took advantage of sloppy defense with a madcap dash around the bases that resulted in three runs, helping the Yankees post their eighth win in 10 games with a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park, completing a sweep of a two-game series.
Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge had reached on a one-out error and an infield hit, respectively, as Torres came to bat with two outs in the fifth inning. Torres ripped a clean hit to right field, where Alex Verdugo threw home, missing a cutoff man as Hicks scored.
Catcher Connor Wong snapped a throw toward first base, aiming to nab Torres, but his toss sailed down the right-field line as Judge scored. Torres, too, was waved around third base and narrowly avoided Wong’s tag, helped to his feet by Judge and enveloped in a hug by Hicks.
Judge finished the evening 1-for-4, his season total remaining at 57 home runs — four shy of Roger Maris’ single-season American League record of 61, set in 1961 — with 19 games remaining.
Yankees starter Nestor Cortes allowed one run and three hits over five innings, walking two and striking out seven in his second start since coming off the injured list for a left groin strain.