BALTIMORE – Somewhere in his hip pocket, Gleyber Torres holds the deed to Camden Yards.Charm City has become his home, the Inner Harbor his private pond and Orioles pitching just exists as a means for Torres to trot around the grounds at his leisure.There’s already one statue of a famous Yankee outside Orioles Park. And you bet "The Babe" would be enjoying the Ruthian feats that Torres is achieving in his old hometown.Torres clubbed two more home runs here on Wednesday night, as the Yankees once again flaunted their power in a 7-5 win versus the Orioles.
More: New York Yankees' CC Sabathia expects to miss his next start due to ailing kneeTen of Torres’ 12 home runs this year have been hit against the Orioles.And all four of Torres’ multi-homer games this season have been at Baltimore’s expense.By now, Torres concedes that he’s caused a panic during the Yankees’ 11 games (9-2 record) against Baltimore this season.Yet, “I don’t think about it too much,’’ Torres said. “I just try to first of all respect the game, respect the (Orioles) and just play.’’Torres left out the part about the Orioles addressing their mortgage payments to him directly. Seriously, though, “the ballpark, I think is for hitters,’’ Torres said of the friendly dimensions. “I feel comfortable (here), I just don’t try to do too much’’ other than live up to the Yankee creed.“Just concentrate and focus to do damage,’’ said Torres, the first player in MLB history to have 10 of his first 12 home runs in a season against the same club, according to STATS.
The first-place Yankees (31-17) have won 11 straight games at Camden Yards dating to last summer.Torres and Gary Sanchez have now combined for 19 home runs this season against Baltimore.And there’s a final game to be played in this four-game series, giving Torres another chance to wear out the O’s (15-34) and render play-by-play man Gary Thorne nearly speechless.Watch: Gleyber Torres has Orioles' broadcast, Gary Thorne hilariously demoralized with his HRs
And it wasn’t just Torres’ show on Wednesday night.In the second inning, Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu each hit two-run homers off starter Dan Straily.After Torres led off the third with a homer to center, Gary Sanchez launched a 440-foot blast off Straily in the fourth inning; it was Sanchez’s third home run in three games against the O’s this series, all Yankee wins.Leading off the fifth, Torres greeted Gabriel Ynoa by sending one over the scoreboard in right field.The first-place Yankees need that kind of power display, since CC Sabathia lost his way in a three-run fifth.