Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo propel Yankees past rival Twins

Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo propel Yankees past rival Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — A shaky outing by Jameson Taillon and three defense errors against a first-place team didn’t slow the Yankees down, as Aaron Judge and the Bronx wrecking machine arrived at Target Field on Tuesday and did just about what you’d expect against a Twins team seemingly unable to beat them.

Judge started things off with a two-run shot in the first, and Anthony Rizzo finished the Twins with a three-run homer in the seventh, as the Yankees won their seventh in a row with a 10-4 win.

“Today was not indicative of who we are,” said Josh Donaldson. “We played a little sloppy. But we have a deep team. … We don’t want to keep playing like this, but it’s good to take charge.

With the victory, the Yankees improved to 40-15, tied for the sixth-best start in franchise history.

The Twins, who find themselves in first place in the AL Central, held their ground for a while, as Taillon allowed four runs over four innings.

Aaron Judge accepts congratulations from Anthony Rizzo after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of the Yankees' 10-4 win over the Twins.  Rizzo hit a three-run homer later in the game.
Aaron Judge accepts congratulations from Anthony Rizzo after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Twins. Rizzo hit a three-run homer later in the game.
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Although the rotation carried the Yankees for much of the season, the bullpen was strong on Tuesday, as Lucas Luetge and Wandy Peralta provided three key scoreless innings in relief, with Luetge retiring three straight with Max Kepler at second base after Taillon left in the fifth. Ron Marinaccio kept the Twins scoreless for the final two frames.

Judge gave the Yankees the lead with a two-run shot in the top of the first, as his destruction of the American League pitch showed no signs of abating.

He followed up DJ LeMahieu’s debut single with a gigantic deadbeat hit for his 22nd MLB home run.

After Rizzo pulled out, Giancarlo Stanton sent a blast 445 feet into the second deck at left center to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Aaron Hicks after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the Yankees victory.
Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Aaron Hicks after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of the Yankees victory.
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It was Stanton’s 12th homer of the season and first since coming out of IL.

The Twins got a run back from Taillon late in the inning.

Byron Buxton doubled with one out and went third on a right-hand single from Jorge Polanco. Kepler’s sacrificial fly scored Buxton to make it 3-1.

With one over and two down from third, the Twins closed in, as Polanco drilled a four-seam fastball 0-2 wide to center right to drive Luis Arraez from first, cutting the Yankees lead to a race.

Judge struck in another run in the fourth. Joey Gallo singled and LeMahieu walked to start the inning before Judge hit a left.

Taillon’s troubles continued, with ex-Yankee Gio Urshela reaching a one-out hit in the fourth. He advanced to second on Donaldson’s errant pitch to first on the play. A Gilberto Celestino left-hand single put runners on the corners, and Jermaine Palacios’ sacrifice fly brought Minnesota back within a run.

A single from Aaron Hicks and a walk from Jose Trevino gave the Yankees two runs with two outs in the fifth, and the runners went second and third on a wild pitch by Juan Minaya. Gallo walked to load the bases for LeMahieu.

LeMahieu, who reached base five times and landed his 1,500th career hit, walked to lead to Hicks – who had a pair of singles and two walks.

Polanco, however, continued to hit Taillon hard, leading the bottom of the inning with a long right homer on a 1-2 pitch. A Kepler single ended Taillon’s no-out outing in the fifth.

Luetge struck out the next three batters to keep the Yankees in front.

“The offense continued the whole time,” Donaldson said. “We kept adding, which was important when it looked like this game [could turn on] a swing. Rizzo took advantage of it.

The first baseman smashed a two-out, three-run homer off Tyler Duffey in the seventh to give the Yankees some confidence, and the bottom of the lineup contributed in the eighth, as Trevino and Gallo added RBI singles.

Everyone in the Yankees lineup had a hit in the 14-hitter barrage.

“We’ve said all year that we win in different ways and tonight was another,” Taillon said. “I didn’t do my job, but the attack did its job.”

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