BOSTON — Masahiro Tanaka took a detour Sunday night from the mostly outstanding pitching road he’d been traveling of late.
And it mattered not one bit.
Gleyber Torres, Mike Tauchman and Aaron Judge homered, giving the Yankees 268 this season. That broke their franchise single-season record of 267 set last year (it was an MLB record, too, but the Twins broke it this season and now have 275).
The power display and some solid relief work from Chad Green helped lead the Yankees to a 10-5 win over the Red Sox in front of 35,681 at Fenway Park, although the gathering was maybe half that many by game’s end.
“Amazing,” Torres said of the club surpassing its 2018 homer total. “All the guys hit really well. When we hit homers, we’re great. Just try to continue that.”
The victory came with a cost, though. How steep it will be was not clear. Tauchman left in the fourth inning with a left calf injury after taking a step to retrieve Brock Holt’s single. He was replaced by Cameron Maybin, who has been dealing with a left wrist injury.
“Certainly a concern,” Aaron Boone said of Tauchman, who will return to New York on Monday to undergo an MRI.
Tauchman said he had been dealing with some discomfort in the calf for a few days. “Coming in on that ball, I felt it grab up on me,” he said, declining to speculate on the severity of the injury until he gets the MRI results. “Felt a little like I got kicked.”
The Yankees (94-50) kept pace with the Astros for MLB’s best record. The Dodgers are 1 1⁄2 games behind. The Yankees have won 13 of 18 games against the Red Sox (76-67), who fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski after the game.
Tauchman, who has had a breakout season after being acquired from Colorado late in spring training, went 2-for-2 with a double and a two-run homer before getting hurt.
Torres had three hits and four RBIs, giving him 83. His 35 homers lead the Yankees. Encarnacion, whom Torres credited with helping him with his swing and approach, also had three hits and Judge had two as the Yankees finished with 13.
“Every time when I go to the plate, if I miss my pitch, I just breathe and prepare for the next pitch,” said Torres, whose two-run homer off Rick Porcello in the second made it 2-0. “That is an adjustment I do.”
Tanaka entered the game having allowed two or fewer runs in four of his previous five starts, going 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in that span, but he was not sharp Sunday, allowing four runs and eight hits in four innings. “It was a really good win except for my performance,” he said through his interpreter.
Still, he was better than Porcello, who allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings.
Green took over in the fifth and struck out five in three innings. Adam Ottavino pitched the eighth and allowed a homer by Mookie Betts that made it 8-5.
The Yankees’ offense was steady throughout, scoring two runs each in the second through fifth innings and two more in the ninth.
The Red Sox got within 4-2 on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-run homer in the third, but Tauchman’s two-run shot in the fourth made it 6-2. Judge’s 21st homer made it 7-4 in the fifth, and Torres added an RBI groundout later in the inning.
After Betts’ 27th homer in the eighth, Encarnacion singled home a run in the ninth and Torres added an RBI double for a 10-5 lead.
“Today was really good to see because I felt like we were heavy again,” Boone said. “When you play us, my goal is always, when you’re facing our offense, I want you to feel it. And today I felt like that was the case. I felt like we made it very difficult on them.”
As has been the case much of the season against the Red Sox.