Tanaka and Yanks snap skid in win over Twins
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka wasn't his sharpest, but he did enough to snap his brief two-game skid and the New York Yankees' five- game slide.
Tanaka gave up more than three earned runs for the first time in his career, allowing four over seven innings in the Yankees' 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a four-game set.
Tanaka (12-3) surrendered nine hits and struck out just three for New York, which got a three-run blast from Carlos Beltran to go with Zelous Wheeler's first Major League homer.
David Robertson struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to notch his 19th save of the year.
Former Yankee Phil Hughes (8-5) struck out six, but yielded seven runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 1/3 frames for the Twins, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games.
The Twins led 2-0 through four innings before the Yankees surged ahead following a four-run fifth.
Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann singled to begin the frame and Beltran followed with his three-run shot into the seats in right. Wheeler cracked his solo shot two batters later into the Yankees' bullpen.
The Twins got a run back in the sixth before the Yankees padded their lead with three more runs in the seventh.
Kurt Suzuki led off the sixth with a double, moved to third on Chris Parmelee's groundout and scored on a Kendrys Morales groundout to cut the gap to 4-3.
Ichiro Suzuki worked a one-out walk in the seventh, Wheeler singled and Brendan Ryan rolled a double down the third-base line to plate Suzuki. Brian Duensing replaced Hughes on the hill and Brett Gardner greeted him with a base hit up the middle to bring home Wheeler. Ryan scored on Derek Jeter's RBI fielder's choice to extend New York's margin to 7-3.
Eduardo Escobar's RBI single in the home seventh trimmed the deficit to 7-4.
Earlier, Parmelee's one-out RBI double in the opening frame and Kurt Suzuki's run-scoring groundout in the third staked Minnesota to its 2-0 lead.
Beltran's homer was his ninth of the season ... The Yankees went 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position, while the Twins finished 1-for-6 ... Hughes' seven runs allowed are the most he's given up this season.
07/03 23:02:48 ET