Yankees rout Twins again to extend win streak to nine

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At least the Twins can take solace in the fact that it’s not just them the Yankees are beating up on these days.

For the time being, though, they remain the roadkill underneath the Yankees’ well-oiled machine.

The Yankees got six shutout innings from Gerrit Cole and continued to have a field day offensively as they won their ninth straight game, 7-1 over the Twins, on Saturday afternoon in The Bronx.

Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit and Tyler Wade powered the offense with two hits apiece. Stanton and Voit both hit two-run doubles as part of a five-run fifth inning that broke the game open.

The Bronx’s own Andrew Velazquez capped off the outburst with his first major league home run in the eighth inning, a solo shot to right field.

The Yankees (72-52) kept climbing, winning for the 21st time in their last 26 games while continuing their dominance over the Twins.

Andrew Velazquez celebrates his home run.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Cole was strong once again in his second start back from a bout with COVID-19, throwing six shutout innings with six strikeouts. Only three runners reached third base against him, but when they did, the Twins went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

After Cole stranded runners on second and third in the top of the second inning, the Yankees gave him a lead in the bottom of the inning. With runners on the corners and two outs, Tyler Wade continued to produce with more regular at-bats as he roped a single through the left side to go up 1-0 on Kenta Maeda.

The Twins threatened against Cole in the fifth inning. He gave up singles to the Nos. 8 and 9 batters, Willians Astudillo and Andrelton Simmons, before walking Max Kepler to load the bases. But Cole responded by getting Jorge Polanco to strike out chasing a high 99-mph fastball, then got Josh Donaldson looking at a nasty changeup that clipped the bottom of the zone.

Wade started the Yankees’ rally in the bottom of the fifth, with a hustle double on a bloop down the left-field line. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single and Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

With Aaron Judge at the plate, Wade scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-0, before Judge walked to reload the bases.

After Maeda left the game with forearm tightness, Stanton and Voit greeted reliever Edgar Garcia with their two-run doubles to push the lead to 6-0.

The Yankees missed a chance to extend their lead in the seventh inning on an odd sequence. With runners on the corners and facing an 0-2 count, Rougned Odor put his left hand up to call time at the last second. Twins reliever Ralph Garza threw the pitch anyway and Odor crushed it for what would have been a three-run home run. But home plate umpire Angel Hernandez had granted Odor time and waved off the play. On the next pitch, Odor struck out looking.

The Twins broke up the shutout in the eighth inning when Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer off Lucas Luetge, who provided two innings of relief.

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