NEW YORK – Down five points in the third inning with a rookie on the mound, the New York Yankees have seen their season spiral out of control.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez revived them with the kind of victory they haven’t won in over a year.
The judge hit a three-run equalizer with two strikeouts in the eighth inning and Sánchez scored a single in the 10th to lead to Gleyber Torres that day, the infielder lost the shortstop position , lifting the Yankees to the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Monday.
“It’s a roller coaster, but you have to enjoy the ride,” Judge said. “It is not finished yet.”
DJ LeMahieu started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the sixth which Max Kepler caught with a jump against the wall from right field. Joey Gallo added his 33rd homerun, his eighth with the Yankees, to Tyler Duffey’s seventh.
Duffey walked nip hitter Anthony Rizzo in the lead in the eighth and Brett Gardner with two strikeouts. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was sent off for disputing calls from home plate umpire Jeff Nelson, and Colomé was relieved.
“It’s frustrating when you go out and do your job and make a pitch,” said Duffey, “and the referee misses it outright. It seems to happen a lot in this stadium for some reason. I don’t know if they do. are afraid to hit people at Yankee Stadium. ”
Judge, back in the lineup a day after his start in the third inning against the Mets with dizziness, sent a cutter into the opposite field at right for his 33rd homerun. It was his 12th draw or decisive in eighth or later since the start of 2017.
New York won only the fourth time in 16 games after a 13-game winning streak and finished in a half-game against AL pointers Toronto and Boston with 18 games remaining. The Yankees had lost six straight home games for the first time in a decade.
Twice this season, they had lost after leading by five points, but they hadn’t overcome a five-point deficit to win since August 30 of last year against the Mets. And they were 0-35 when down by at least four points, joining Miami and St. Louis as the only winless teams in that situation.
“It was really good to see the fight we had today,” said Gallo. “We could have easily skipped this game.”
Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sanó hit two-run homers in the first, with Polanco hitting 30 for the first time. Byron Buxton scored for a 5-0 lead in the third against Luis Gil, who didn’t allow another run in six innings.
Andrew Heaney, Albert Abreu, Aroldis Chapman and Clay Holmes (5-1) followed with two hits and a shutout. Chapman pulled Polanco out on a flyout in front of the center field warning track to block two runners in the ninth.
Manager Aaron Boone said ahead of the game that Torres will spend the rest of the season in second. Torres was the second-place automatic runner under pandemic rules when Sánchez scored a shot with a 10th out of Ralph Garza Jr. (1-3). Torres scored standing up as the Yankees exited the dugout with their 10th win on foot, their biggest since 2009.
Twins starter John Gant, his fast ball speed has dropped by about 4 mph from his seasonal average of 92 mph and above. Only lasted 12 pitches and two outs and came away with a tight lower abdomen. He will go on the injured list.
Minnesota arrived for readiness for an Aug. 22 rain at 1:30 a.m. due to a mechanical issue on its charter. The Twins (63-81) lost for the fourth time in five games and for the first time since 2018 will not have a winning record. The two-time defending AL Central champions were mathematically eliminated from the division.
“I’m sure there are some emotional guys at the club right now,” Baldelli said.
New York notched its 30th consecutive home winning streak at 41-31, second behind its major league record at 47 from 1918-64.
The Yankees went 6-1 against Minnesota and are 109-32 against the Twins since 2002. Minnesota have lost 21 of their last 23 games in the Bronx.
Twins OF Brent Rooker was placed on the paternity list because his wife gave birth to a daughter. Blair Evelyn Rooker was born at 4:10 am CDT Monday, 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long. … RHP Kyle Barraclough has been recalled from Triple-A St. Paul.
Yankees RHP Sal Romano turned down an outright assignment and elected free agency. … RHP Clarke Schmidt has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Tallion (ankle) threw on flat ground and could soon throw a mound.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (1-1, 2.25 ERA) starts an opener at home against Cleveland after striking out his first 19 batters and pitching seven white innings against the Indians last week. LHP Charlie Barnes will be called up to start Game 2.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (14-7, 2.78 ERA), pushed back due to left hamstring strain, starts with six days off in Baltimore and LHP Alexander Wells (1-2, 7.15 ERA ).
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