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Rangers outhomered by Yanks in slugfest

Gallo, Odor, Guzman go deep, but Colon gives up 4 long balls
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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon is trying to catch a Hall of Fame pitcher, but the Yankees' 21-year-old second-base phenom forced him to wait at least one more start.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs off Colon, and Neil Walker and Aaron Judge each went deep once in leading the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rangers, despite home runs from Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman, lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon is trying to catch a Hall of Fame pitcher, but the Yankees' 21-year-old second-base phenom forced him to wait at least one more start.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs off Colon, and Neil Walker and Aaron Judge each went deep once in leading the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rangers, despite home runs from Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman, lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.

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This is the seventh time in Colon's career that he allowed four home runs in a game, and the second time this year (May 4, against the Red Sox). He dropped to 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA and stays at 252 career wins, one behind Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

"I'm not worried about that," Colon said. "If I get it, fine. Tonight I just missed my pitches. If you miss your pitches, you're going to pay for it."

Video: NYY@TEX: Colon strikes out Stanton swinging

Colon pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners in his last start but was going against a different lineup. The Yankees entered the game leading the Major Leagues in runs scored, having hit at least four home runs and eight extra-base hits in two straight games. They've now done each in three straight.

"That lineup is a tough lineup," manager Jeff Banister said. "You look up and down their lineup, they are averaging 5 1/2 runs a game. That's a challenging lineup for most clubs. Bartolo threw some really good pitches but gave up some home runs, two to a young guy who is hot and swinging the bat well."

Video: NYY@TEX: Banister talks Colon, Yankees tough lineup

Torres' first home run was a two-run shot in the top of the second that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Gallo hit his 14th home run of the year in the bottom of the second, but Walker matched it with a home run in the fourth.

Video: NYY@TEX: Gallo hammers a deep solo home run to right

Odor tied the score with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, but Judge put the Yankees ahead with his home run in the top of the fifth and Torres ended Colon's night by going deep with one out in the sixth. Colon is now 0-2 with a 5.46 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances at home.

"I felt better and stronger than I did against the Mariners," Colon said. "But this is a different team. If you make a mistake against the Yankees, you are going to pay. That's what happened."

Torres, at 21 years and 159 days, is the second-youngest Yankee to hit two home runs in a game. The youngest was Mickey Mantle -- 20 years and 296 days -- in 1952.

"The first one, I just missed my pitch," Colon said. "The second one, I was behind, 2-0, and I don't like to walk anyone. So I tried to come inside and missed."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Colon retired Judge on ground balls the first two times up, and the Yankees' right fielder was 0-for-17 before his home run put his team ahead for good.

Video: NYY@TEX: Judge hammers a solo home run to center

SOUND SMART
The Yankees have hit four or more home runs in three straight games. The last Major League team to do that was the Rangers, on May 28-30, 2011.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Guzman won the distance award over Gallo and Odor. His home run in the seventh inning had an exit velocity of 111.1 mph and an estimated distance of 443 feet. The Rangers have hit 15 home runs this season with an exit velocity of 110 mph or more, second most in the Majors. The Yankees have 21.

Video: NYY@TEX: Guzman cranks solo home run to right-center

UP NEXT
Left-hander Cole Hamels returns to the rotation and pitches against the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. Hamels was supposed to pitch last Wednesday against the White Sox but was scratched because of stiffness in his neck. He is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts and 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four regular-season starts against the Yankees. Right-hander Domingo German is scheduled to pitch for New York.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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