The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 5-3. Masahiro Tanaka started and pitched ok and the bullpen was great. Alex Rodriguez had two hits to lead the offense.
Tanaka pitched six innings giving up three runs on seven hits and he walked two and struck out seven. Tanaka picked up his fifth win of the season. Dellin Betances pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, Andrew Miller pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Aroldis Chapman saved his 14th game of the season pitching a perfect inning and striking out the side.
Tommy Milone lost his second game of the season pitching 3 2/3 innings giving up six hits and four runs with one of them being earned. He walked two and struck out one. Neil Ramirez pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts, Ryan Pressly pitched an inning with a strikeout and Buddy Boshers pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts.
Rob Refsnyder had a hit and an RBI, Carlos Beltran had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Rodriguez had two hits and an RBI. Starlin Castro had a hit, Chase Headley had a hit and drew a walk and Didi Gregorius had a hit. Aaron Hicks had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Austin Romine had an RBI and Beltran hit a double. Hicks hit a homerun and the Yankees were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Eduardo Nunez had a hit and two RBI, Joe Mauer drew a walk and Brian Dozier had two hits. Eduardo Escobar had a hit, Byung Ho Park drew a walk and Kurt Suzuki had two hits. Byron Buxton had a hit and an RBI, Dozier, Buxton and Suzuki each hit a double. The Twins were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Escobar, Grossman and Mauer each committed an error.
In the third Nunez hit a two run single to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. In the third Beltran hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 2-1. Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game at two. In the fourth Buxton hit an RBI groundout to give the Twins back the lead at 3-2. Romine hit a sac fly in the bottom of the third and the game was tied at three. In the fourth Refsnyder hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead and in the eighth Hicks hit a solo homerun to extend the lead to 5-3 which would be the final score.
The Yankees will try to sweep the three game series on Sunday afternoon. They will then remain home to play three games against the AL best Texas Rangers.