The Yankees defeated the Twins on Tuesday night by a score of 8-3. CC Sabathia got the start for the Yanks, turning in his best outing of the year, going six innings, allowing only one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out four. The lone Minnesota run off of him came in the top of the first when Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI double to score Miguel Sano to put the Twins up 1-0. The Yankees tied the game at one in the second when Gary Sanchez went the opposite way for a home run off of Jose Berrios, his fourth homer of the year. Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees the lead in the third with an RBI single to score Brett Gardner.
Gleyber Torres came up in the bottom of the fourth with two on and one out looking to add to the lead, and he did just that, driving the ball back up the middle to score Neil Walker for his first Major League RBI. In the bottom of the fifth, Didi struck again, this time with a two-run homer to the second deck to put the Yanks up by a score of 5-1. That would be all for Berrios, as Paul Molitor lifted him from the game for Ryan Pressly. Berrios finished with a line of 4+ innings pitched, six hits, five runs (all earned), two walks, and seven strikeouts. Pressly got out of the inning with no further damage.
Dellin Betances came on in the seventh and struggled to find the strike zone, and allowed one run, when Escobar came around to score on an error by Gleyber Torres when he wasn’t able to come up with the ball on a throw back to first by Gary Sanchez when Mitch Garver rounded first base too far after a single. David Robertson got the final two outs of the inning without allowing anymore runs to score, and the Yankees escaped with a 5-2 lead. Aaron Judge got the run right back for the Yankees with a solo shot the opposite way off of Tyler Duffey for his seventh homer of the year.
Gary Sanchez came up again in the seventh, shortly after Judge’s homer, and he crushed his second of the night, this one a two-run homer into Monument Park to extend the lead to 8-2. Minnesota added one more run in the top of the eighth when Escobar hit an RBI double off of Chasen Shreve to score Max Kepler and make it 8-3. Jonathan Holder pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win for the Yankees, and they have now won four in a row and move to a season-high four games above .500, as they are now 13-9. CC picked up his first decision of the year with the win, as Jose Berrios suffered his second loss of the season and is now 2-2. The Yankees will try to take the series tomorrow night in the third game of this four-game set. Sonny Gray looks to have a bounce-back start as he goes up against Lance Lynn. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM ET.