Yankees get offensive funk in Win Over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar hit a homerun, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and an RBI, as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-4, on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid .

Aaron Judge scored two runs for the Yankees, who had lost eight of their previous 10 and won despite 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position and a stranding of 11.

“We haven’t hit as many homers as we normally do or tweaked numbers as much as we do,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Sometimes it takes little things in a game to win a ball game. Tonight is that kind of game where everyone has contributed in different ways. “

Jonathan Loaisiga (5-2) threw a perfect and third inning in relief for Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery.

Taylor Rogers (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth for Minnesota.

“It’s not like they’re hitting the ball in the stadium,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “As we’ve talked about, sometimes it doesn’t really come down to that. It’s like trying to have a good drummer, to use all the ground, things that we talk about a lot. We saw it happen against us tonight. “

The 95-degree first-pass temperature was the second hottest for a game at Target Field, only eclipsed by a 97-degree start on July 16, 2012.

The Yankees took advantage of several Minnesota mistakes.

Tyler Wade gave the go-ahead for LeMahieu’s outfielder pick in the eighth as second baseman Jorge Polanco’s pitch fell far from home for a mistake. The Twins made four mistakes in the game.

“Playing fundamental baseball is something that we have to do to stay in baseball games, to win baseball games,” Baldelli said. “Teams that play baseball well, they win games, at the end of the day. But I’m not concerned with the particular pieces we saw today mainly because of why. We were trying to stay in the game. “

The judge walked with the bases loaded in the fifth and another run was scored on a wild pitch. Judge got another RBI by beating a pitch on a double play attempt and an error was blamed on shortstop Andrelton Simmons after an examination showed he did not touch base at the turn.

“With yesterday’s rest day and then obviously on the road, just trying to almost turn things around and start over with the game today,” said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, who had a sacrifice fly for an RBI and a sacrifice bunt. “He can certainly do it and create some momentum. Hopefully we look back and that tonight was the start of something special. “

BALTIMORE – Pat Valaika has described his late stepfather as one of his biggest fans – someone who would remind him of how great it can be to be a major league baseball player.

“He always told me that I am living the dream,” said Valaika. “Sometimes I take him for granted, but he was definitely with me tonight.”

In his first return game on the death list after the death of his stepfather, Valaika doubled up twice and the Baltimore Orioles earned another high profile victory, 10-3 over the Mets on Tuesday night.

“He loved watching me play more than anything – he really lived for it,” said Valaika. “I knew when I got back that all he wanted me to do was play.”

Maikel Franco became the sixth player to hit a home run on second bridge at Camden Yards, and Anthony Santander also scored for the Orioles, who have won five of six games after a 14-game losing streak. Baltimore also had seven doubles in the game, including two each by Valaika and Cedric Mullins.

Bruce Zimmermann (4-3) gave Pete Alonso a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Mets only had one more hit against him in five innings. David Peterson (1-5) produced four runs and eight hits in two and two-thirds of innings.

Baltimore beat the Mets 16-4 after scoring 18 points with 21 hits in Sunday’s win over Cleveland.

“I thought we had some really good batting tonight,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “Again, from top to bottom of the order, a lot of production from the bottom half of the order.”

Alonso added a second homerun in the ninth, making him the Mets’ first player with a multi-homer game this season.

Valaika tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run double in the second, then scored on a Mullins brace. Valaika doubled another point in the third.

Mullins started off with a brace in the fourth quarter – by then he had made 11 hits in his last 13 batting – and scored on a Trey Mancini single.

Mets manager Luis Rojas said the plan was still for a struggling Peterson to make his next scheduled departure.

“We have to fix it,” Rojas said. “We need David Peterson.”

Franco opened the game with a three-run homerun in the fifth that crossed the line into left field and into second bridge. He was the first player to hit a home run at this level since Alonso last September. Mark Reynolds in 2011 and Manny Machado in 2017 were the only Baltimore hitters to do so before.

Santander hit a solo homer in the eighth.

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