SEATTLE—Gleyber Torres is clearly the hottest Yankees hitter at the plate this month.
Little-known Mike Ford isn't far behind.
Torres hit his 13th home run in August, Ford went deep twice and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 last night.
The Yankees added to their record-setting month of bashing home runs with one from their young All-Star and a pair from an undrafted player out of Princeton who is finally getting his chance at regular at-bats due to injuries.
In his last 12 games, Ford is hitting .353 with five home runs.
“I've always been confident. That's not saying this league isn't really hard. But I've always been confident in my ability to hit and it's what has gotten me to this point, so you can't lose that edge,” Ford said.
Torres launched his 33rd homer of the season on the first pitch of the second inning from Tommy Milone, who took over after Matt Wisler was used as an opener.
It was the start of a four-run rally for the AL East leaders in which 10 batters came to the plate. Austin Romine had an RBI single and Ford added the big blow with a two-run shot down the right field line.
Ford, previously a Rule 5 pick by the Mariners and later returned to the Yankees, added a solo homer in the fourth, his eighth of the season.
The three home runs boosted the Yankees' total to 64 in August, a major league record for any month.
Ford also connected Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Milone (3-8) allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings.
New York starter J.A. Happ permitted just two hits, but a high pitch count ended his night after five innings. One of the hits was a three-run homer by Dylan Moore, his second long ball in two days. Happ (11-8) struck out seven and walked three.
In the only other AL game last night, Oakland crushed Kansas City 19-4.
Over in the NL, Colorado topped Atlanta 3-1; Philadelphia edged Pittsburgh 6-5 (11 innings); St. Louis thumped Milwaukee 12-2; Cincinnati doubled Miami 6-3; Arizona dumped San Francisco 6-4; and San Diego shaded the L.A. Dodgers 4-3.