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Twins chase Yankees’ ace, then go silent in 10-7 loss

Minnesota hit a five homers off Gerrit Cole, a career-high for the right-hander, but go scoreless over last 7-plus innings

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New York Yankees right fielder Joey Gallo hits a two-run home run in the second inning Thursday, June 9, 2022, against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- There was a little bit of everything in the rubber match of the Minnesota Twins’ series with the New York Yankees on Thursday. Unfortunately for the faithful at Target Field, it did not include a Minnesota victory.

The Twins hammered Yankees ace Gerrit Cole for five home runs, the most of his career, and took a 7-4 lead on Trevor Larnach’s solo homer in the third inning. But the Yankees, who started the night with a major league-high 87 home runs, tied the game with their power and went ahead with two singles and a wild pitch in a 10-7 victory in front of an announced crowd of 26,646.

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Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) hits a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the second inning on Thursday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
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In between there was a Yankees pop fly to short that no one tried to catch, a pitch from Yankees reliever Lucas Luetge that bounced over his catcher’s head, a balk by Twins righty Joe Smith, a big out on appeal after Twins infielder Gio Urshela failed to retag third base, and a throwing error by Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco in the decisive seventh inning.

It was the Twins’ sixth loss in nine games and dropped their lead over second-place Cleveland in the American League Central to three games.

Aaron Judge hit a leadoff double off Jhoan Duran (0-2) in the seventh and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s single to left for an 8-7 lead, and Josh Donaldson followed with a single to right and scored on Aaron Hicks’ single to left for a 9-7 lead. Rizzo drew a two-out walk off Jovani Moran in the eighth and scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-7.

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Cole gave up three straight homers to Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa to start his night and left 2⅓ innings, charged with seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks.

Five of those hits were home runs, a career-high. He had allowed as many as three homers in six previous starts, but never more. Relievers Lucas Lueftge, Miguel Castro (3-0), Wandy Peralta, Michael King and Clay Holmes combined to throw 7⅓ scoreless innings as the AL East-leading Yankees won for the eighth time in nine games. Holmes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save.

Buxton hit two homers for the Twins, including a three-run shot in the second that gave the Twins a 6-3 lead, and Arraez, Correa and Larnach each hit one. Gallo hit two for the Yankees, and DJ LeMahieu and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each added one. Kiner-Falefa’s two-run blast tied the game, 7-7, in the sixth inning.

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Donaldson started the scoring early, his sacrifice fly to right field scoring Aaron Judge for a 1-0 lead in the first. Judge drew a one-out walk off Twins starter Dylan Bundy and moved to third on a single by Rizzo.

The Twins roared back in their half of the inning, going up 3-1 on consecutive home runs by Arraez, Buxton and Correa off Cole, who entered the game with a 5-1 record and 2.78 earned-run average.

The Yankees tied the game 3-3 in the second inning when Jose Trevino hit a two-out single and No. 9 hitter Gallo followed with a home run over the scoreboard in right-center field. That didn’t last long, either.

Jose Miranda started a one-out rally with a single to left and moved to second on a walk by Arraez. Buxton followed with his second consecutive home run to give the Twins a 6-3 lead. That grew to 7-4 on a one-out, upper deck homer by Larnach in the third, and when Urshela followed with a double to center, Yankees manager Aaron Boone yanked Cole.

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Minnesota Twins third base Luis Arraez (2) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning on Thursday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
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But Urshela was doubled up on appeal after advancing past third base on Miranda’s line out to center, his mistake taking a critical baserunner off of second.

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Left-hander Lucas Leuftge relieved and pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings as the Yankees chipped away at the Twins’ lead, pulling within 7-5 on back-to-back home runs from Gallo and DJ LeMehieu in the fifth inning — the second off reliever Jharel Cotton.

With Joe Smith on the mound in the seventh, Gleyber Torres popped to short, but neither second baseman Polanco — shifted to the left of second — nor shortstop Correa went after it. After it fell for a hit, Smith fanned Aaron Hicks, then gave up a two-run homer to Kiner-Falefa to tie the game 7-7.

Bundy left the game after giving up Gallo’s leadoff homer in the fifth, charged with four earned runs on five hits and a walk in 4 innings. He struck out one.

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