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(Sunday, July 14th)
Final Score: Minnesota 10, NY Yankees 4
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Aaron Hicks hit an early three-run homer, while Trevor Plouffe finished with two hits and three runs scored, as Minnesota knocked off the Yankees, 10-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Pedro Florimon, Jamey Carroll, Justin Morneau and Brian Dozier added an RBI apiece for the Twins, who reach the All-Star break having won the last two in the series to erase a six-game slide.
"Winning here is never easy, but our guys certainly were excited at the prospect," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "The ball fell our way today. We got some solid hits, some bloops, and things went our way here for the first time in a long time."
Kyle Gibson (2-2) did enough to snag the win, allowing five hits, four walks and three runs -- two earned -- over five-plus innings.
Ichiro Suzuki put together a 3-for-5 performance with a solo homer, two RBI and a pair of runs scored for the Yankees, who have dropped five of eight. Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart also knocked in a run each in defeat.
"We need to be more consistent, learn to stay out of our own way, and avoid these stretches where we can't score," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "We have to become more consistent offensively, and if we do that, we're going to turn it around."
CC Sabathia (9-8) was tagged for eight hits and as many runs -- but only three earned -- over his four-inning outing. The eight runs were the highest total surrendered by Sabathia in 2013, and most since giving up nine at Tampa on Oct. 2, 2009.
Minnesota picked up two runs with two outs in the second, thanks to consecutive RBI singles from Carroll and Florimon.
Sabathia ran into more trouble in the third, allowing a one-out double to Morneau, then Plouffe reached on an Eduardo Nunez throwing error ahead of Hicks' three-run blast to make it 5-0.
The Yanks got on the board in the home half, as Suzuki led off with a hit then went to third as Zoilo Almonte reached on a Dozier error. Suzuki scored on a Cano single.
The visitors continued to strafe Sabathia, tacking on three more in the fourth to extend a 5-1 lead to an 8-1 edge. Carroll worked a leadoff walk and Dozier doubled two batters later ahead of a walk to Mauer which loaded the bases. Morneau's infield hit to short scored Carroll, then Yanks first baseman Lyle Overbay booted a Ryan Doumit grounder to score two more.
"He doesn't make mistakes, so when he does, we have to learn how to capitalize on them," said Doumit. "He's had our number, but to put up an eight-spot on him was good for us."
New York managed to cut its deficit to 8-3 in the home portion on a pair of fielder's choice grounders from Stewart and Suzuki.
Suzuki's leadoff shot in the seventh made it a four-run contest, but Dozier doubled home Florimon in the eighth. Minnesota loaded the bases in the ninth on singles from Plouffe and Clete Thomas along with a walk to Hicks, before Stewart's passed ball plated Plouffe.
Minnesota won a series in the Bronx for the first time since May 8-10, 2001 ... Despite the setback, the Yankees took five of seven from the Twins this season ... Cano drove in at least one run in each of those contests ... Morneau ended with three hits for Minnesota, while Overbay and Cano each collected two hits for New York ... Both clubs are off the diamond until this coming Friday, when the Twins host the Indians and the Yankees head to Boston.
07/14 19:13:43 ET
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