MLB: Beltran And Wheeler Homer In Yanks’ Victory Over Twins
The fifth inning didn’t fare well for the Twins, as they saw two homers propel the Yankees into the lead. Carlos Beltran and Zelous Wheeler each tattooed the ball, contributing to Thursday night’s 7-4 New York victory.
Bringing its winning percentage back up to .500, New York got a big win, breaking its season-high five-game losing streak.
Masahiro Tanaka didn’t give his typical stellar performance on the mound, but his offense provided enough support to clinch the game. Tanaka now leads the MLB with 12 victories. Reliever Dellin Betances pitched a one-two-three eighth inning, and David Robertson closed out the three-run win.
Minnesota was first on the board. They jumped on Tanaka early, scoring off of a Chris Parmelee double in the first inning. The Twins increased their lead in the third when Kurt Suzuki lined out, scoring Sam Fuld.
Former Yankee Phil Hughes managed to hold New York until the fifth. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a line drive to left, followed by Brian McCann’s single to put runners on first and second. Beltran came up big with a three-run home run giving the Yankees a one-run lead.
Wheeler experienced a night to remember after being called up from Triple-A, earning his first Major League career hit, which also ended up being a home run. He crushed the ball over center field fence, giving the Yankees a 4-2 advantage, and was all smiles as he returned to the dugout.
The Twins answered back with a run in the sixth, once again trailing by one run. Minnesota’s deficit would soon grow, as the Yankees would have another explosive inning in the seventh.
Brendan Ryan doubled to score Suzuki before Brian Duensing replaced Hughes in a pitching change. Minnesota’s hopes of holding New York’s offense fell short, and Duensing immediately allowed two more runs.
Minnesota’s fourth run in the bottom of the seventh would be the last for either team. The two teams face Friday at Target Field to play game two of the four-game series.