NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games, Aaron Judge threw out a pair of runners from right field and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a series showcasing some of the sport’s brightest stars.

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way Japanese rookie sensation, came up with the potential tying run on base and two outs in the eighth. New York brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani with Justin Upton at first.

Chapman threw a wild pitch that advanced the runner, Ohtani sent a 100 mph pitch just foul of the left-field pole, then grounded out on a 101 mph offering. While Ohtani is batting .309 to go along with a 4-1 pitching record, he is just 4 for 23 (.174) at the plate against lefty pitchers. The 23-year-old was 0 for 3 with a walk, booed lightly in his Yankee Stadium debut after deciding to spurn the Yankees and sign with the Angels.

Mike Trout tied the score in the fifth for Los Angeles with his 16th homer.

Torres drove in New York’s first run with an infield hit in the second. He broke a 1-all tie in the seventh against Jim Johnson (2-2) with a drive over the right-field scoreboard, his ninth homer since coming up to the Yankees on April 22 and his fifth in four games. At 21 years, 163 days, he became the fourth-youngest player to homer in four straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Only Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 362 days) in 2004, Andrew Jones (21-139) in 1998 and Albert Pujols (21-147) in 2001 were younger. All of them were in the National League.

Chad Green (3-0) won in relief of Luis Severino. Chapman, pitching on five days’ rest, got four straight outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

ASTROS 11, INDIANS 2: Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, and Houston scored 11 times in the final two innings to win at Cleveland.

Houston rallied hard for their fifth straight victory, getting three runs off Miller (1-3) during a four-run eighth before George Springer’s three-run homer helped make it a blowout in the ninth.

TIGERS 5, WHITE SOX 4: Jeimer Candelario had a go-ahead RBI bloop single during a three-run eighth inning and Detroit rallied to win at home.

ORIOLES 2, RAYS 0: David Hess pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, helping Baltimore overcome a strong effort from Tampa Bay’s bullpen at St. Petersburg, Florida.

INTERLEAGUE

BLUE JAYS 5, PHILLIES 5: Justin Smoak homered, Sam Gaviglio struck out six over six innings and Ryan Tepera escaped a ninth-inning jam for his first save to lead Toronto at Philadelphia.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CUBS 6, GIANTS 2: Kyle Hendricks limited San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, Ben Zobrist lined a tie-breaking two-run double in the seventh and the Cubs won at home.

PIRATES 7, CARDINALS 1: Joe Musgrove came off the disabled list to win his Pirates debut with seven scoreless innings and also got his first career hit and scored the winning run, at Pittsburgh.

NATIONALS 9, MARLINS 5: Max Scherzer was twice unable to hold a two-run lead and won anyway when Washington’s bullpen locked down a win at Miami.

Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams each hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, and Bryce Harper’s two-run double in the seventh broke the game open.

Scherzer (8-1) labored through six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, both season highs. He added only four strikeouts to his NL-leading total, which stands at 108.

NOTES

TRADES: The Seattle Mariners made the first big trade of the season, acquiring outfielder Denard Span and right-handed reliever Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers.

Seattle sent minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero to Tampa Bay.

The Rays sent minor league right-hander Peter Bayer to Oakland for right-hander Wilmer Font. Oakland acquired Font from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 and designated him for assignment Wednesday.

ANGELS: Catcher Rene Rivera had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and likely will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.

YANKEES: The Yankees plan to activate first baseman Greg Bird from the disabled list before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, forcing New York to make a difficult roster decision.

Bird has been sidelined since having right ankle surgery on March 27. New York likely will decide whether to cut from eight relief pitchers to seven or option Tyler Austin to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre despite his strong performance in Bird’s absence.

ANGELS: Shohei Ohtani likely will rejoin the rotation next week.

The 23-year-old rookie, the first two-way player in the major leagues in decades, was on track to start Sunday at Yankee Stadium against countryman Masahiro Tanaka, but the Angels said that Ohtani will miss the turn as part of workload management.

RAYS: Right-hander Nate Eovaldi is scheduled to make his first major league start since having a second Tommy John surgery when the Rays face Oakland on Tuesday night. Eovaldi last appeared in the majors on Aug. 10, 2016 while with the New York Yankees..

BLUE JAYS: Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of closer Roberto Osuna through June 4, the third time the initial seven-day period was lengthened.

Osuna was charged with one count of assault, according to Toronto Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu. Osuna, who is from Mexico, is scheduled to appear in court June 18.


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