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Gil wins seventh straight start, while streaking Yankees take down Twins again for a 5-1 win

NEW YORK – Luis Gil pitched six one-hit shutout innings to win his seventh straight start, Giancarlo Stanton launched a two-run homer and the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Aaron Judge hit a two-run double and Gleyber Torres homered early on a 300-foot drive that looked off the glove of a leaping Max Kepler and toward the right-field fence.

Returning home from a 7-2 trip to three California cities, the AL East leaders won for the 17th time in 21 games overall. They are tied with Philadelphia for the best record in the majors at 43-19.

“We have only one plan, and that is to win everything,” Torres said.

New York improved to 105-42 against the Twins since 2002 – the best record for any team against a home-league opponent in that span. The Yankees defeated the Twins 14-1 in Minnesota last month, throwing back-to-back shutouts to complete a three-game sweep.

The only run Minnesota managed this time came on a homer by Royce Lewis in his return from 58 games from injury. Lewis walked twice and connected in the seventh off Tommy Kahnle, snapping a 32-inning scoreless drought for the Twins against Yankees pitching.

“I just had a great focus day. I usually do that when the lights are a little brighter,” Lewis said after his first game at Yankee Stadium. “I like playing here.”

Kahnle combined with fellow relievers Ian Hamilton and Luke Weaver to finish the two-hitter. Christian Vázquez’s double in the third inning was the lone hit off Gil, who pitched a day after his 26th birthday.

“It’s just hard to get a hit off him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “His stuff really plays. You know, that fastball is real. The hitters show you that every time.”

In the final dominant outing of a sensational rookie season, Gil (8-1) struck out six, walked three and lowered his ERA to 1.82. He was selected as American League Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for May.

“He’s been unreal to watch all year,” Stanton said.

The right-hander was traded by Minnesota to the Yankees in March 2018 for outfielder Jake Cave. The right-hander made his major league debut with New York in 2021, but was on the injured list last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He earned a spot in the rotation during spring training as a replacement for injured star Gerrit Cole.

“He keeps getting better,” Torres said of Gil. “He’s maturing more with every outing.”

Minnesota starter Bailey Ober (5-4) pitched unluckily, allowing three runs and three hits with four walks in five innings.

Judge singled in the eighth and scored on Stanton’s home run into the second deck in left field off Caleb Thielbar to make it 5-1.

“It’s surreal when we’re all clicking on all cylinders,” Stanton said. “We don’t even have to click on all the cylinders.”

Twins: Lewis has been sidelined since Opening Day, when he suffered a severe quadriceps strain while running the bases in Kansas City.

Yankees: Cole pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Somerset in his first minor league rehab start since being sidelined in spring training with a right elbow injury. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out five of the 11 batters he faced and did not issue a walk against Hartford, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He allowed two hits and threw 45 pitches, including 34 for strikes. … The team extended the rehabilitation assignment of OF Jasson Domínguez (Tommy John surgery) by an additional 10 days and transferred him from Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Boone said Domínguez would be close to being ready at this point if needed in the major leagues.

Twins RHP Chris Paddack (4-2, 4.57 ERA) starts the middle game of the series on Wednesday night against LHP Carlos Rodón (7-2, 3.09), who pitched six innings in a 5-1 victory May 14 at Minnesota.

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