Twins Pull Ahead In The 8th As Yankees’ Struggles Continue

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario had two RBI doubles and Eduardo Escobar added the go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to help the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.

Brian Dozier had two hits and Adalberto Mejia gave up one run and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings for the Twins, who were tied 2-2 when Escobar delivered a base hit to left field off left-hander Caleb Smith (0-1). Rosario followed with his second double of the game, and Brandon Kintzler picked up his 26th save as light rain turned into a steady downpour at Target Field.

Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge went 0 for 3 with an intentional walk and is 1 for 21 since his electric performance in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Garrett Cooper had three hits, including two doubles, and fellow rookie Clint Frazier also had two doubles for New York.

The Yankees didn’t arrive in the Twin Cities until about 4 a.m. after a marathon weekend in Boston. The AL East rivals played 34 innings overs two days — a 16-inning game on Saturday that lasted nearly six hours followed by a doubleheader Sunday — that stretched the Yankees pitching staff to its limits.

Bryan Mitchell was brought up from Triple-A for his first start of the season and gave up two runs — one earned — and six hits in five innings. But he dropped a soft toss from Cooper at first base in the third inning, a fielding error that allowed a run to score.

Taylor Rogers (5-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.

JUDGE’S RULING

Judge has been in a slump at the plate, but shined in other areas Monday night.

He hustled from first to third on a soft single to center field by Matt Holliday in the fourth inning and made one of the plays of the game in the third inning. The Twins had the bases loaded and nobody out for Miguel Sano, who hit a rocket to Judge in right field, and the former tight end looked like a quarterback with a one-hop throw home that got Dozier and saved a run.

Judge’s throw home was clocked at 97.7 mph by MLB’s Statcast.

DERBY REMATCH

The game featured a Home Run Derby rematch between Judge and Sano, two of the best young sluggers in the game. Judge hit 47 homers in three rounds of the derby in Miami, beating Sano in the final round.

But the long-ball contest did not continue on Monday night. Sano went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. … 1B Greg Bird will also have surgery on his right ankle Tuesday and will miss at least six weeks.

Twins: LHP Hector Santiago played catch Monday and will throw bullpens Tuesday and Friday as he continues to work his way back from upper thoracic back pain that put him on the disabled list on July 3.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (0-3, 4.18) will start Game 2 of the series. The Yankees will recall him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make the start for the strapped rotation. It will be his third stint with the Yankees this season.

Twins: RHP Bartolo Colon will make his first start for the Twins since being signed on July 7. The 44-year-old Colon went 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA for the Braves this season. He made one start for Triple-A Rochester before being called up for the fifth spot in the rotation, a revolving door for the Twins this season.

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