Gleyber Torres hit two of the four Yankees homers off Bartolo Colon and New York won 10-5 on Monday night to deny the Texas Rangers starter a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.
Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon, who pitched for the Yankees in 2011. Judge's 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits.
Colon (2-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his 178th career loss. The portly righthander remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial's 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.
No. 9 hitter Torres, the rookie second baseman in his 25th career game, was only three months old when Colon made his big league debut on April 4, 1997. Torres hit a two-run homer in the second, and his solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer of the season, ended Colon's night.
Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The righthander struck out three.
Joey Gallo 's 14th homer led off the Texas second. Rougned Odor's three-run blast, his first this season, tied the game at 4 in the fourth. Ronald Guzman hit a second-deck shot to start the Rangers seventh against reliever Chad Green.
The Yankees were coming off a 10-1 win at Kansas City on Sunday, when they had tied their previous season high with eight extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples, four homers). The Yankees finished with 12 hits in Texas, including a season-high five homers for the second time in three games. SS Didi Gregorious was in a 1-for-48 slide before an RBI double in the sixth. Four of the five Texas hits were for extra bases.
Hamels A Target?
Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his first start for the Rangers in 11 days, and New York rookie right-hander Domingo German (0-1) pitches for the first time in 10 days. Hamels was skipped his last turn in the rotation because of neck stiffness. German was backed up because of a strange schedule, when the Yankees already had two scheduled off days this week before the first game of their series at Washington was suspended before a rainout the next day.
The Yankees are in need of a starting pitching upgrade, and if a bunch of stars were to align, Hamels could be that guy, a former World Series MVP that could potentially impact the Bombers the way veteran Justin Verlander did for the Astros last season.
Plus, Hamels figures he'd be an instant fan favorite in The Bronx.
"Shoot, I helped them get a World Series in '09, so I'm sure they like me," Hamels joked before the Yanks-Rangers game that was not over at presstime Monday.
Hamels, 34, could be a trade target for several teams with struggling Texas already reportedly open to business. The lefty will take the mound on Tuesday for the Rangers against the Yankees — his latest audition against an AL contender. In his previous three outings versus Cleveland, Boston and Houston, Hamels has pitched to a 1.59 ERA, striking out 18 in 17 innings.
He obviously doesn't have the electric stuff of Verlander, but he gets it done in his own way, no longer just a two-pitch pitcher at this point in his career, now featuring a cutter and a two-seamer.
When it comes to the Bombers, though, money could be an issue.
The Steinbrenner Family has no intentions of letting Brian Cashman and Co. exceed the $197 million luxury-tax threshold — their mandate for a while now — potentially making it difficult to fit Hamels' $22.5 million salary for 2018 onto their payroll. The Rangers would presumably have to take on some of his remaining money owed for that to happen, something they'd reportedly be willing to do.
Hamels, whose contract also contains a $20 million option for 2019 with a $6 million buyout, also has a limited no-trade clause, and would have to give his consent to clear a deal to New York.