RadioOnFire.com – Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees finally put the bat on the ball in a huge way, and the result was a satisfying victory that wrecked the Baltimore Orioles’ home opener.
Torres homered twice, had a career-high four hits and drove in four runs to lead an offensive barrage that carried New York past Baltimore 8-4 Thursday.
Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit also homered for the injury-riddled Yankees, who were looking for a spark following a 2-4 start.
“It was nice today to break through with a couple of big hits — big hits that happened to be home runs,” manager Aaron Boone said. “That really energized the guys and, in a way, allowed us to exhale a bit.”
Torres’ first home run of the season got New York within 3-1 in the third inning, and his three-run drive in the sixth on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Mike Wright (0-1) put the Yankees up 5-4.
“We were fired up,” Boone said. “We’ve had our opportunities and just haven’t been able to cash in. To finally get a big one there, in the dugout there was some emotion and some energy that that thing brought.”
Torres’ drive to left took the edge off opening day at Camden Yards and the sellout crowd of 44,182 after the rebuilding Orioles won two of three at both Yankee Stadium and in Toronto.
“It was one of those games where the long ball beat us,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I thought we played well. We just didn’t execute certain pitches in bad spots.”
It was the third career two-homer game for the 22-year-old Torres, who did it twice last year during his rookie season. The second time was in August against Baltimore, when he went deep against Alex Cobb and Wright — just as he did on this occasion.
“Weird,” Torres offered.
Voit’s three-run drive in the ninth sealed the victory for the Yankees, who beat Baltimore in their own season opener.