Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres’ dominance over the Orioles reached historic levels with his towering blasts in the fifth and sixth innings of Monday’s second game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium — so frustratingly so that manager Brandon Hyde intentionally walked him to load the bases with the Yankees up six runs in the eighth.

Torres’ two blasts made 13 home runs for Torres against Orioles pitchers this season, tying and then passing former Oriole Sammy Sosa for the most against one team since the then-Chicago Cub hit 12 against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1998.

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"The Barry Bonds treatment,” Hyde said. "Obviously, he’s killed us all year. We are supposed to be making better pitches to him, or not let him beat us, and we continue to throw the ball in the middle part of the plate. So, first game, fastball, center-cut, homer. Second game, slider, middle part of the plate, homer, and then [Tom] Eshelman was trying to throw a pitch around him, and he does something and throws it right in the middle of the plate for another homer. I’d kind of had enough, and put him on.

“We’re not supposed to pitch to him anyways,” Hyde said. “Be careful with him, but instead of being careful with him, we’re throwing the ball over the middle. I just didn’t want to see it anymore.”

According to MLB.com, the 13 home runs are the most since divisional play began with expansion in 1969. The record before divisional play was set by Yankees legend Lou Gehrig with 14 against the Cleveland Indians in 1936.

Monday also made five multi-home run games against the Orioles for Torres, which is the most any player has hit against a single opponent in one season in major league history.

With two on and two out in the eighth inning, the Orioles chose to intentionally walk Torres to load the bases. Brett Gardner grounded out to end the inning.

Catcher Chance Sisco didn’t know what to think when Torres got intentionally walked, but said it was “very frustrating,” that it got to that point.

“I guess we made the right move,” he said. “I don’t really know what to think in that situation. My job is to try to call pitches that we think can get the out, and hopefully we execute those pitches. But i think we made the right choice.”

Torres’ home runs were the Yankees’ second and third of the game after Mike Ford welcomed Ty Blach to the Orioles’ pitching staff with a home run in the fourth inning, meaning the Orioles have allowed 248 home runs this season, with 59 to the Yankees alone.

The major league record is 258, set by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds.

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