It was the seventh time this year the Yankees have beaten the Twins and their 13th win in their last 15 games.
Mark Teixeira topped off the Yankees offense in the top of the fifth, blasting a solo home run to left to give the Yanks a 6-4 lead, which they would not relinquish.
“For us to win every game here is a boost to our club house,” Teixeira told the YES Network after the game.
“The consistency in our pitching, defense and offense are getting it done.”
In the top of the second, the Yanks put three runs on the board. Cody Ransom drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner knocked in Jorge Posada with a fielder’s choice, and Derek Jeter singled to score Robinson Cano.
In the top of the fourth, Ransom and Gardner both had RBI singles to finish the Yankees offense in the game.
For the Twins, Jason Kubel belted his 14th home run of the year in the bottom of the second and they received a gift run in the inning on an error by Ransom, which allowed Michael Cuddyer to score.
Yankees reliever Dave Robertson continued the gift-giving in the bottom of the fourth, issuing two bases-loaded walks to Denard Span and Matt Tolbert, finalizing the Twins’ offense in the game.
Alfredo Aceves made the start for the Yankees today, taking Chien-Ming Wang’s spot in the rotation. He went 3.1 innings, gave up four runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two batters.
The Yankees bullpen pitched 5.2 innings and gave up no runs on two hits.
“We walked a few too many guys, had a blip, but they settled down nicely and they’ve really been doing the job for us,” Yankee manger commented on his bullpen.
“They have the attitude of being ready when they get the call.”
Jonathan Albaladejo got the win in relief and is now 4-1 on the year.
Francisco Liriano took the loss and is now 4-9 this season.
The “Phil-thies,” Phil Coke and Phil Hughes, each recorded a hold while Mariano Rivera notched his 23rd save on the year.
The Yankees will now head out west to California to open up their final three-game series before the All Star break against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Tomorrow night, Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 4.04 ERA) will look to keep the Yanks hot against Joe Saunders (8-5, 4.44 ERA).