MINNEAPOLIS -- The first-place New York Yankees pounded the Minnesota Twins 7-2 to take two of three games. It is an excellent result for the Yankees considering in they were outscored 15-1 in the first 12 innings of the series.
Nathan Eovaldi led the way in probably his best start as a Yankee.
Evolving: Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27) had a very fine start Sunday, one of his best -- if not the best -- as a Yankee. He went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked one. He controlled the Twins all afternoon.
It was his best start since going seven innings and allowing just one run on eight hits in a 14-1 victory over the Royals in late May.
Stat's crazy:Until a leadoff double in the ninth inning to Miguel Sano, Eovaldi hadn't allowed an extra-base hit in nearly five starts. If he had gotten through the ninth, he would have become the first starter to not allow an extra-base hit in five straight outings in the last century, according to Katie Sharp.
Head shot: Chase Headley tied the game at one in the fourth with a solo homer. It was his ninth on the season.
Breaking it open: The Yankees scored six runs in the sixth off Twins starter Kyle Gibson, unlocking a 1-1 game.
Gibson made his own trouble after Brett Gardner's leadoff single by walking Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann. Following a Carlos Beltran strikeout, Garrett Jones and Headley each had singles to drive in three runs. The Yankees added a fourth run on a Didi Gregorius sacrifice bunt.
Drew homers: Stephen Drew, Mr. Popular, extended the lead with a two-run homer to round out the scoring in the sixth. Drew is still batting under .200 but hit his 13th homer of the season.
Ells of a catch: In the second, Jacoby Ellsbury looked as if he seemingly ran a mile, ending a tremendous running catch by slamming into the wall in right center. Ellsbury was fine, as he didn't even need to be attended to by the trainers.
Ells of a catch II: Ellsbury made another nice catch to end the third, coming in this time to make a diving play. It stranded a man at second.
Day off: Alex Rodriguez had the day off.
Late rally: Joe Girardi removed Eovaldi after the Sano double. He brought in Justin Wilson, but that didn't work at all. Wilson allowed two straight singles, allowing a run to score.
Girardi, in turn, brought out Dellin Betances. Betances quickly finished off the game, leaving two men on.
On deck: The Yankees continue this 10-game road trip with four games in Texas. Ivan Nova (2-3, 3.34) faces Matt Harrison (1-1, 5.40) on Monday. On Tuesday, it's TBA vs. Martin Perez (0-1, 4.91). Wednesday, Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.64) takes on TBA, while Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.97) goes against TBA on Thursday.