BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Judge didn’t homer.
Gleyber Torres only sorta did.
Torres hit a three-run, Little League homer to break a fifth-inning scoreless tie, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.
Torres had three hits — the big one a single that turned into a round-tripper when he took a wide turn around first base to draw a throw and then made it all the way home after the throw sailed into right field.
“He’s fearless,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A great job of not slowing down.”
A day after homering twice to reach 57 for the season — four short of Roger Maris’ AL record — Judge went 1 for 4 with a walk. He singled in the fifth after Aaron Hicks reached on an error, putting runners on first and second.
Torres lined a single to right, and Alex Verdugo’s throw to the plate was too late to get Hicks. Catcher Connor Wong thought he had Torres making too big of a turn and fired the ball to first but it sailed wide and into the outfield.
Judge came around to score, and Torres slid in head first to beat the relay. Judge was waiting at home to help him to his feet — and celebrate.
“I was exhausted,” Torres said. “But, I mean, like, happy, too.”
Nestor Cortes (10-4) took a shutout into the fifth inning to give the Yankees the two-game sweep and their eighth win in 10 games. Boston managed just three hits and two walks off Cortes, who struck out seven and gave up one run in five-plus innings.
Clay Holmes pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 25 chances.
Red Sox rookie Brayan Bello (1-6) took the loss even though all three runs he allowed were unearned. He struck out six and walked one, giving up six hits in five innings.