Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher homered in the top of the ninth off of Twins' closer Jon Rauch to give the Bombers a 3-2 lead and set up Mariano Rivera for his second save of the day.
The Yankees defeated the Twins 1-0 earlier in the day, completing a game that was suspended yesterday due to rain. The one run came off of the bat of Derek Jeter when he homered in the sixth off of reliever Brian Duensing.
A.J. Burnett went 5 scoreless innings for the Yanks before it was suspended yesterday. David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain were able to hold the Twins in check and let Rivera, who threw 25 pitches between the two games, do the rest in the ninth.
In the second game, veteran Andy Pettitte went eight innings, allowing two runs, bring his record to a staggering 6-1 for this 37-year-old southpaw. He is tied for second in the American League for wins.
This day belonged to the veteran trio Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera. Having fifteen rings between them (that's three full hands), they were able to pull through in the clutch despite the continuing lack of offense. With the Red Sox gaining steam and the Rays still 3.5 games in front, the performance of these heavy-handed winners is all too crucial if they are going to make an October run.