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Gregorius lifts Yankees past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.With the game tied at 1, Gregorius hit the first pitch he saw from r...

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Photo by Jesse Johnson / USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS - Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.
With the game tied at 1, Gregorius hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Fernando Abad over the right-field fence for his sixth homer of the season, giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
New York snapped a four-game losing streak and continued its dominance over Minnesota. The Yankees have won six straight against Minnesota dating back to last season and are 70-27 versus the Twins since 2002, a .722 winning percentage that is the highest against any opponent during that span.
For Abad, it was his first home run allowed in 22 2/3 innings this season.
CC Sabathia (5-4) earned the victory, allowing one run on six hits and three walks in six innings, striking out seven. Sabathia stranded nine Minnesota runners through five innings, allowing the Yankees offense time to get going.
Relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller worked a scoreless inning apiece to bridge the gap to closer Aroldis Chapman, who secured his 12th save.
Kyle Gibson (0-4) was brilliant in the early going, but allowed five-straight hitters to reach to start the sixth inning. The Yankees got just one run out of it however, as Gibson got a pop out to second and a double play grounder to escape the jam after loading the bases with nobody out.
Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann got aboard to start the seventh and were both moved into scoring position on a bunt by Starlin Castro, ending Gibson's night.
Abad entered and immediately surrendered the homer to Gregorius.
Gibson was charged with the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings pitched.
The Twins threatened early against Sabathia, advancing a runner into scoring position in each of the first two innings. In the second, Minnesota had runners on second and third with one out, but the crafty left-hander got Byron Buxton to strike out and retired Robbie Grossman on a lineout with the bases loaded to end the threat.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
Max Kepler doubled down the right-field line with one out and advanced to third on Kurt Suzuki's infield single. Two batters later, Eduardo Nunez singled through the right side for a 1-0 lead.

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