BOSTON — The Yankees set the franchise record for home runs in a single season on Sunday night and still have 18 games to go.
Gleyber Torres, Mike Tauchman, Aaron Judge homered as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 10-5.
“Today was really good to see because I felt like we were heavy again,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “When you play us, my goal is always when you’re facing our offense, I want you to feel it. Today I felt like that was the case. I felt like we made it very difficult on them.”
The Yankees have won two of three in the four-game series that wraps up Monday night. The slumping Red Sox announced after the game that they had parted ways with their president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski.
Manager Alex Cora said he was “shocked, obviously.”
While the Boston clubhouse was almost silent after the loss and the stunning news of a major front-office move, the Yankees’ clubhouse was thumping with loud music and yet another victory celebration.
The Yankees won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 94-50, keeping pace with Houston for the top record in the majors. New York also moved a step closer to claiming the American League East title with another victory over the rival Red Sox, whose string of three straight division titles is coming to an end.
The Yankees entered the game two homers short of the club record of 267, set last year. Torres’s two-run shot in the second was No. 266, Tauchman went deep with a man on in the fourth and Judge added the record-breaker by leading off the fifth with his 21st of the season.
“We hit into some hard outs today and gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,” Boone said. “I thought the guys over all had a lot of great at-bats tonight.”
Torres went 3 for 5 with four runs batted in. His 35th homer moved him one ahead of Gary Sanchez for the club lead.
The only low point for the Yankees on Sunday was losing Tauchman in the fourth inning when he came up limping while fielding a routine single. Tauchman left with tightness in his left calf.
“It felt like I got kicked, which would be weird because I was the only person in left field,” he said.
Tauchman was scheduled to return to New York and be evaluated Monday.