NEW YORK — Gary Sanchez slapped a single into right field, scoring the ghost runner as the Yankees rallied from five runs down and beat the Twins 6-5 in 10 innings at Yankee Stadium.
It was the second win in the last 10 games for the Yankees (79-64) and an encouraging sign as they head into what should be a soft part of their schedule with a three-game series against the Orioles in Camden Yards beginning on Tuesday. The Twins had to come to New York in the middle of a homestand to finish off a rained-out game from last month.
It was the first time the Yankees had rallied from a five-run deficit this season.
Aaron Judge had just the fourth hit of the day for the Yankees, but it was a huge one. The slugger hammered his 33rd homer of the season into the right-field seats in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. The three-run shot was his third game-tying or go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later this season.
Joey Gallo had two of the Yankees’ five hits Monday. He broke up a no-hitter in the fifth with a beautifully executed drag bunt and homered in the seventh. It was his 33rd homer of the season, his eighth as a Yankee.
Luis Gil, who had allowed three earned runs in the majors heading into Monday’s start, gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings of work on Monday. He walked one and struck out eight. Andrew Heaney, pitching on back-to-back days for the first time in his career, gave the Yankees 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out two as he tries to find his role in the bullpen. Albert Abreu got an out and Aroldis Chapman worked around a two-out double and a walk to get out of the ninth scoreless.
Clay Holmes stranded the Twins’ ghost runner on third with a perfect 10th inning.
Gil gave up two two-run home runs in the first inning. Luis Arraez led off the game with a single and then Jorge Polanco homered for the Twins’ first two runs. Gil walked Josh Donaldson, struck out Max Kepler and then gave up another two-run bomb to Miguel Sano.
Gil sat down four straight before giving up a leadoff homer to Byron Buxton in the third.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who began the season in Double-A Somerset and was rushed to the majors when Gerrit Cole went on the COVID-19 list, had a blistering start to his big league career. He went 18.2 innings without giving up a run. He is the first Yankees pitcher to begin his big league career allowing just three earned runs over his first four starts. But his last two starts have been a reminder of why he was in Double-A to start the season. In 9.1 innings over those two games, he’s allowed eight runs, walked eight and struck out 14.
Twins starter John Gant left in the bottom of the first inning with back tightness, but the Yankees could still not manage a hit off their bullpen until the fifth inning, when Gallo reached on a bunt. They scored in the sixth with Tyler Wade drawing a lead off walk and scoring on Brett Gardner’s double.