YANKEES 10 – TWINS 7
The Yankees needed to live up to every bit of their namesake as the “Bronx Bombers” on Thursday in order to get past the Minnesota Twins, 10-7, to win their third straight series and improve to a Major League best 41-16.
The Yankees got a pair of home runs from Joey Gallo, and bombs from D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks in a seven-run rally that spanned three innings late in the game.
The Yankees needed to comeback after Gerrit Cole gave up seven runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings of work. It was Cole’s worst start of the season, and his highest run total since giving up five runs to the Baltimore Orioles on May 23. Cole’s ERA from 2.78 to 3.63.
The Yankees trailed 7-3 when Gallo hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot, to jump start the Yankees rally in the fifth inning.
That homer was soon followed by blasts from LeMahieu and Hicks, the former of which hit a two-run homer to tie the game at seven.
Anthony Rizzo provided the exclamation point when he slapped a RBI single in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead. Hicks would follow with a RBI base hit of his own to give the Yanks a 9-7 lead.
Both Hicks and Gallo finished the night with three RBI a piece.
The Yankees now turn their attention to their first interleague series of the season when Rizzo’s old team, the Chicago Cubs pay a visit to Yankee Stadium this weekend.