American League Game Summary - New York at Minnesota|
(Monday, September 24th)
Final Score: New York 6, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte's six scoreless innings were
backed by four home runs as the New York Yankees downed the Minnesota Twins,
6-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Pettitte (5-3) scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out three to win
his 10th straight decision -- including playoffs -- against Minnesota. He has
not lost to the club since April 30, 2001.
"I still feel like I'm struggling with a little bit of stuff, but it was a
good outing," Pettitte said. "Obviously if you can go out there and throw six
scoreless that's good."
Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez each went deep
for the Yankees, who increased their lead over Baltimore for the top spot in
the AL East to 1 1/2 games after the Orioles split a doubleheader with Toronto
Liam Hendriks (1-8) surrendered six runs on eight hits and a walk through 6
1/3 innings for Minnesota, which had its two-game win streak snapped.
The Yankees jumped out to a quick lead in their first at-bat as Derek Jeter
led off the game with a walk, advanced to third on an Ichiro Suzuki double and
came home on Robinson Cano's groundout to short.
Swisher then hammered a ball over the right-field wall for a three-run
Minnesota had a chance to answer in the bottom of the first after loading the
bases with one out on singles by Denard Span and Ben Revere, and a walk by
But Pettitte caught Justin Morneau looking at a called third strike before
Ryan Doumit grounded out to short to end the threat.
After the Twins left a runner on third in the third inning, Granderson gave
New York a 4-0 lead in the fourth with a solo shot into the second deck in
Minnesota again had a chance to push a run across the plate in the bottom of
the fourth following Doumit's one-out double, but he was thrown out at the
plate by Granderson while trying to score on a Jamey Carroll base hit to
Solo home runs by Ibanez and Chavez in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a
"It was just one of those days," Hendriks said. "Going into the seventh, I
just left some ball up and they took advantage."
Pedro Florimon got the Twins on the board with a leadoff homer to right field
in the eighth, and Chris Parmelee's pinch-hit, two-run triple in the ninth
accounted for the final margin.
It was Pettitte's 500th career appearance ... Granderson hit his 40th home run
of the season, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Jason Giambi
as the only Yankees to record back-to-back seasons with 40-plus homers. He had
41 last year ... Florimon hit his first career home run ... The Yankees
improved to 31-19 in series openers this season ... Minnesota hit 2-for-9 with
runners in scoring position and left six men on base ... Jeter extended his
hit streak to a season-high 18 games with a single in the ninth inning.
09/25 01:31:24 ET