Austin Romine gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the sixth, lining an R.B.I. double just over the glove of right fielder Joey Rickard. Romine had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Aaron Judge belted a solo homer off reliever Tanner Scott in the seventh that put the Yankees up, 4-1. Judge now has 12 homers in 30 career games against the Orioles.
Torres continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 night. He doubled in the fifth inning, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Torres might have been handicapped on that effort, as one of his cleats came off while he raced from second to third. Still, Torres made the play close.
Boone said he thought about challenging the call, but was advised not to. Still, the play caused some discussion in the Yankees’ dugout — along with a few smiles.
“We were over there going, ‘Have you ever run out of your shoes before?’ ” Boone said. “I didn’t even see the throw come in. I saw the shoe go flying, and I was just hoping he could stay on his feet. We can laugh about it now.”
Torres said it was the first time that had happened to him.
“I think about back to the base, but I look couple seconds, ‘Do I have chance to go to third base?’ ” Torres said, partially through an interpreter. “So I go straight.”
Did he think he was safe?
“I don’t know,” Torres said. “I mean, 50-50.”
Chad Green came in for Gray in the seventh, and Dellin Betances took care of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman earned his 13th save in the ninth. The Yankees won their third straight game and handed the Orioles a sixth consecutive defeat.