Martin, Hughes help Yankees rout TwinsAug 20, 2011 - 3:49 AM
Hughes (4-4) yielded a first-inning home run to Trevor Plouffe and was nearly unhittable thereafter. The right-hander retired 14 straight at one point and shook off three walks to record his fourth straight quality start, during which his earned run average has dipped from 9.47 to 5.75.
"I just tried to stay aggressive. I got a lot of quick outs," Hughes said. "I got away with most of my mistakes."
Mark Teixeira doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who have won seven of nine to stay atop the AL East standings. They are a season-high 29 games over .500 at 76-47.
Kevin Slowey (0-1), in technically his first start of the season, was touched for six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Twins, who dropped the opener of this four-game set on Thursday after taking two of three at Detroit.
Martin went deep to left in the third inning to counter Plouffe's round- tripper, and consecutive doubles by Teixeira and Robinson Cano in the fourth gave the visitors the lead for good.
The Yankees tacked on two in the fifth, though with the way Hughes was pitching they didn't need the insurance.
"[Hughes] was hitting his spots," acknowledged Twins outfielder Ben Revere.
With runners on the corners, Curtis Granderson doubled off the first-base bag to score Brett Gardner and move Derek Jeter to third. Teixeira then lofted a fly ball to left, and Rene Tosoni's throw to home plate was slightly off target, allowing Jeter to slide in safely.
Martin's two-run shot an inning later ended Slowey's night. Jorge Posada singled ahead of the blast, Martin's 15th of the season.
Teixeira capped the scoring with a two-run double down the right-field line in the ninth.
Before the game, the Twins honored Joe Nathan for setting the franchise's all- time saves record earlier this month...Slowey made six appearances out of the bullpen this year and started Sunday's game against the Indians before it was rained out after two frames...Martin has four career multi-home run games...Cano extended his hitting streak to 11 games...Jeter had two hits, his sixth straight multi-hit effort....Alex Rodriguez remained sidelined for the Yankees, but took part in drills prior to the game...The Yankees have won seven of their last eight in Minnesota.
- NEW YORK: 8
Aug 19 10:55 PM
- Mark Teixeira double to right scored Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson with none out. Runner on second and Robinson Cano due up.
Yankees 8, Twins 1 Top 9, 0 OutsAug 19 10:42 PM
- Brett Gardner infield single to short. Runner on first with two outs and Derek Jeter due up.
Yankees 6, Twins 1 Top 6, 2 OutsAug 19 9:41 PM
- Mark Teixeira sacrifice fly to left scored Derek Jeter with two out. On the play, Curtis Granderson advances to third. Runner on third and Robinson Cano due up.
Yankees 4, Twins 1 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 19 9:24 PM
- Nick Swisher struck out looking. Runner on second with one out and Eric Chavez due up.
Yankees 2, Twins 1 Top 4, 1 OutAug 19 9:04 PM
- Russell Martin lead-off Home Run (14) to left. Brett Gardner due up.
Yankees 1, Twins 1 Top 3, 0 OutsAug 19 8:47 PM
- Trevor Plouffe one-out, solo Home Run (6) to left. Joe Mauer due up.
Yankees 0, Twins 1 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 19 8:26 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 19 8:12 PM
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