Alex Rodriguez broke the hearts of the Twins in the seventh inning as once again, the New York Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
With the Twins holding a 4-1 lead, Twins reliever Ryan O'Rourke loaded the bases when he walked Brett Gardner, bringing Rodriguez to the plate.
And A-Rod made the Twins pay as he smacked a game-changing and perhaps season-changing grand slam off Twins reliever J.R. Graham (0-1).
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New York added three more insurance runs in the eighth to put the game away off Graham.
It was the second night in a row the Twins left a lead to their bullpen only to come up with the loss.
But all of that changed in the bottom of the inning thanks to Rodriguez.
Mike Pelfrey held the Yankees to one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. But O'Rourke and Graham combined to surrender seven runs in just two combined innings.
Nick Rumbelow (1-0) pitched just 1/3 of an inning in relief of C.C. Sabathia to get the victory.
Ervin Santana (2-3) will try and salvage a game in the series on Wednesday against Nathan Eovaldi (12-2).