The Yankees hitters batted around in the first inning against Twins starter Glen Perkins scoring six runs in the process. The Yanks (21-17) would only need one more run to sweep the Twins (18-21) in the four-game series. That marks six straight victories for the Bronx Bombers.
Perkins allowed singles to Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon, and then back-to-back homers to Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. But the Yankees’ bats wouldn’t let up. Robinson Cano hit a ground-rule double, and Melky Cabrera scored him on a single. After a passed ball, Francisco Cervelli drove in the Melk-man. Cervelli was the last batter Perkins faced, and the Twins escaped further damage.
As usual, Pettitte had no easy innings, but he was able to get out of most of them. He gave up a long homer to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth, and another run in the sixth.
Teixeira led off the seventh with his second homer of the game to provide the Yanks with some much needed insurance. Both Edwar Ramirez and Phil Coke gave up one run in the eighth and ninth, but the Twins fell short by just one run. Full box score here.