Yankees beat Red Sox 10-3 in series opener

The Yankees leaned heavily upon the offensive contributions of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton through the season’s first several weeks, and with those sluggers now on the injured list, a different duo appears to be stepping up to shoulder the load.

Gleyber Torres drove in two runs as part of a four-hit performance and Gary Sánchez belted a 457-foot homer to the left-field bleachers to help the Yankees remain undefeated in seven games at Yankee Stadium this season with a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Friday.

Sánchez and Torres have been among the Yanks’ few underperformers in the early going, combining to bat .135 (14-for-104) with three homers and seven RBIs entering play on Friday. Hours after Judge was placed on the injured list with a strained right calf, those slumbering Bombers broke out to help Gerrit Cole’s continued pursuit of a record.

Registering his fourth victory in five Yankees starts, Cole notched his 20th consecutive winning decision dating to May 27, 2019, equaling Jake Arrieta (2015-16), Roger Clemens (1998-99) and Rube Marquard (1911-12) for the third-longest streak in history. The all-time mark is 24, by Carl Hubbell (1936-37).

Torres singled in the first inning and doubled home two runs in the third off Boston starter Colten Brewer. Torres singled in the fifth off Ryan Brasier, scoring on a Mike Tauchman double. Sánchez followed with his titanic homer, the backstop’s third of the season, and Torres added a single as part of a three-run seventh inning.

Making his first start against Boston as a member of the Yankees, Cole scattered four hits over seven strong innings. Alex Verdugo reached the second deck in right field with a fourth-inning homer off Cole, who walked none and struck out eight in a 95-pitch performance.