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Yankees power past Red Sox and into record books

The New York Yankees set a record for home runs hit in a single Major League Baseball season on Saturday, Gleyber Torres delivering the record-breaking blast in the fourth inning against the Red Sox in Boston.

Record breaker: Gleyber Torres high-fives Yankees teammate Andrew McCutchen after hitting the club's record-setting 265th home run of the season
Record breaker: Gleyber Torres high-fives Yankees teammate Andrew McCutchen after hitting the club's record-setting 265th home run of the season (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)

The New York Yankees set a record for home runs hit in a single Major League Baseball season on Saturday, Gleyber Torres delivering the record-breaking blast in the fourth inning against the Red Sox in Boston.

Torres's two-run homer off Red Sox lefthanded hurler Eduardo Rodriguez was the Yankees' 265th this season, eclipsing the previous record of 264 hit by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

Torres clenched his right fist as he rounded the bases after a shot that put the Yanks up 4-1.

The Yankees weren't done yet, however, Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the team with 38 homers, hit No. 266 in the seventh inning of the 8-5 victory.

One Red Sox fans was so unimpressed that he hurled Stanton's home run ball back onto the field -- where it bounced off the ground and hit the Yankees player as he rounded second base.

The Yankees hit four home runs in Friday's series opener to equal Seattle's mark, with Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, Luke Voit and Aaron Judge all going long.

That 11-6 victory assured the Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild card game.

Stanton reached the 100 runs-batted-in plateau as the Yankees notched their 100th win of the season.

Miguel Andujar vaulted past legendary Joe DiMaggio with his club rookie record 45th double off Brandon Workman in the fifth, a two-run effort that put New York up 6-2.

Andujar added another double in the top of the ninth to further distance himself from the Yankees rookie record of 44 set by DiMaggio in 1936.