Mark Teixeira’s career-long homer drought is finally over. After connecting on the first pitch of the fifth inning on his 21st home run, Tex helped the Yankees sweep the Twins with a 6-4 victory.
Mariano Rivera picked up his 23rd save for the Bombers, who have won eight straight on the road, the first such streak since 1998. We all know what happened in 1998 and while the Yankees are not going to win 114 games, they are 6 games better than last year.
Alfredo Aceves started in place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Aceves gave up four runs on four hits in 3.1 innings.
David Robertson’s two walks were the only hiccups for the sterling New York bullpen. The relievers combined to allow two hits and no runs over the final 5 2/3 innings. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched 1.2 hitless innings for the win.
Derek Jeter hit an RBI single in the second inning to make it 3-0.
The Yankees gave two runs back in the second on errant throws. Aceves threw a ball away on a pickoff attempt at first base and Ransom had a throwing error at third base as the Twins cut the deficit to 3-2.
Ransom and Brett Gardner had RBI singles in the fourth, and Robertson steeled himself after the two run-scoring walks. He got Joe Mauer to ground out with the bases loaded to end the inning and keep the Yankees in the lead, 5-4.