MINNESOTA — The Yankees’ struggles continued as the team lost its eight in 15 games, falling to the Twins, 10-5, at Target Field. With the loss, New York is now just two games up of the streaking Oakland Athletics, who continue to push for the first AL Wild Card spot.
Making a spot start, Sonny Gray did not perform well in this one as he lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He looked like the Gray of early in the season, not the one who looked to have been turning a corner since his move to the bullpen, with him lacking solid command of the strikezone.
The Yankees took the lead early in this one, but quickly gave it up in the third.
The Bombers had a chance to respond in the fourth, with the bases loaded and just an out, but Gary Sanchez grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Then began Minnesota’s onslaught.
After another run in the fourth extended their lead to 4-1, a six-run fifth was put on by the Twins versus Jonathan Loaisiga and Tommy Kahnle. The big blast was a grand slam by Joe Mauer that essentially put the lead out of reach.
Didi Gregorius answered back with a fully-loaded roundtripper of his own in the sixth but New York just put itself in too big of a hole for it to come out of.