Twins-Yankees (4/16/12): Pavano Overcomes Early Struggles to Defeat Yankees

Christopher WoodleyContributor IIIApril 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 26:  Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After allowing back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced, Carl Pavano tossed seven effective innings as Minnesota defeated New York, 7-3, Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Minnesota won for only the third time this season to improve to 3-7. New York lost for the second time in their last three games to even their mark at 5-5.

With the Twins leading 2-0, Derek Jeter started the bottom of the first with his 26th career leadoff home run. Curtis Granderson followed with a solo blast to tie the game at two. Mark Teixeira tallied an RBI single later in the inning to give New York a 3-2 advantage.

But Pavano then shut down the Yankees lineup. He only allowed three hits over the next six innings and retired nine consecutive batters at one point. Pavano (1-1) left the game after allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

The Minnesota offense scored early off of New York starter Freddy Garcia. Joe Mauer doubled with two outs in the top of the first and scored on an RBI single by Josh Willingham. After a Justin Morneau single, Ryan Doumit's RBI single scored Willingham to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

Minnesota grabbed the lead for good with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fifth. Alexi Casilla doubled and scored on a two-out single by Jamey Carroll. Mauer then ripped his second double of the game to score Carroll and give the Twins a 4-3 lead.

Morneau added a solo home run over the center-field wall in the sixth inning. Two more insurance runs scored in the top of the eighth on Danny Valencia's RBI double and a run-scoring single by Clete Thomas.

Garcia (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.

Notes: The back-to-back home runs by Jeter and Granderson were the first time the Yankees started a game with consecutive home runs since Jeter and Robinson Cano went back-to-back off of Toronto's Ted Lilly on Sept. 23, 2005... With a first inning single, Willingham has tallied at least one hit in each of Minnesota's first 10 games... Morneau played first base for the first time since Aug. 28, 2011.