Yankees beat Twins 8-5 for 8th straight win to end season sweep with Dodgers series on deck in Bronx

NEW YORK – Trent Grisham homered and had three RBIs, doubling his totals in both categories, and the New York Yankees completed a season sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 8-5 victory on Thursday night for their eighth straight win.

“I just built a fire for Grish. He clearly hasn’t gotten the playing time he’s used to, especially as a regular player in this league,” said manager Aaron Boone. “I am happy for him that he was able to really make a major contribution to this victory.”

New York slugger Juan Soto was removed with left forearm discomfort after a 56-minute rain delay before the sixth inning. He will undergo imaging Friday, and Boone said it’s too early to say whether the star right fielder will have to miss time.

Gleyber Torres bounced a two-run double inside first base for the Yankees (45-19), who broke a tie with Philadelphia for the best record in the majors. They moved to 25-6 in their last 31 games and extended their longest winning streak since a nine-game run in June 2022.

“One of the special things that happens is the many contributions we get and the variety of ways we get them,” Boone said.

On deck this weekend, the Yankees renew an old rivalry from October when they welcome Shohei Ohtani and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers to the Bronx for a highly anticipated series packed with star power.

“I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere,” Boone said.

Gold Glove shortstop Anthony Volpe made two outstanding defensive plays in the late innings, stretching to pick up Carlos Correa’s sharp grounder with two to end the eighth.

Volpe also produced a run with his speed, stealing third and scoring on catcher Christian Vázquez’s throwing error after reaching base on an infield single.

“He’s special there. It really is,” Boone said. “He’s just playing at such a high level.”

Volpe and Aaron Judge both extended their on-base streaks to 32 games, the longest tie in the Majors this season.

Giancarlo Stanton walked three times and had an RBI single. Austin Wells contributed a sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders finished 6-0 against Minnesota, a perennial Yankees punching bag. After beating the Twins 36-12 this year, New York is 123-44 against them since 2002 – including the playoffs.

Correa homered and scored two runs for Minnesota. Vázquez, the No. 9 hitter, also went deep.

Yankees starter Marcus Stroman led 7-2 after four innings and couldn’t get through five.

Minnesota scored three runs in the fifth, including an RBI double by Max Kepler on a flyball that just landed in the leftfield corner. Judge made a rare start on the left side instead of center, running toward the ball and stopping well before it fell, apparently thinking this foul would float.

A confused Stroman briefly held out his hands, wondering what had happened.

Stroman was charged with five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, just the tenth time this season that a Yankees starter has failed to keep five last. The right-hander was 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his previous four appearances.

New York starters had allowed three runs or fewer in a franchise-record 22 consecutive games, going 17–2 with a 1.55 ERA in that span.

“A difficult one, for sure. It just felt like my gut feeling was wrong,” Stroman said.

Luke Weaver (4-1) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Clay Holmes retired the side for his 18th save.

Grisham added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, along with his two-run homer off Pablo López (5-6) in the second. The center fielder batted ninth in his 15th start this season, hitting .051 with one homer and three RBIs.

López worked carefully with New York’s dangerous sluggers in the 2-3-4 spots, issuing a career-high six walks — all to Soto, Judge and Stanton — in four innings. That got the All-Star righty in trouble in the third, when consecutive walks to these three batters loaded the bases with no one out in a 2-all game. All three runners scored.

“Against a lineup as deep as this, you’re just fueling them,” said López, who has lost four of his past five starts. “The offense kept fighting. I just enjoyed digging them into a deeper hole inning after inning. That’s exactly what I shouldn’t do, and it’s up to me.”

Twins: Frequently injured 3B Royce Lewis and CF Byron Buxton were rested. Lewis returned Tuesday after missing 58 games due to a strained right quadriceps. The plan is for him to play perhaps all three games in Pittsburgh this weekend, manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo got a wake-up call after fouling a pitch directly from his right knee in the third. He stayed in the game.

Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (4-4, 3.38 ERA) starts Friday night in Pittsburgh against RHP Mitch Keller (7-3, 3.42) in the opener of a three-game series. Ryan gave up four home runs in five innings in a 5-2 loss to Houston last Saturday.

Yankees: RHP Cody Poteet (2-0, 2.45 ERA) makes his 12th Major League start and third for New York. He will face Dodgers rookie RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (6-2, 3.32), pursued by the Yankees in the offseason before signing a $325 million contract with Los Angeles.


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