Minnesota Twins 7
New York Yankees 1
With a record of 24-51, the Twins might be having a season that fans will not want to remember. But Sunday's game was one for the books.
The Twins didn't just break the Yankees' three game win streak and avoid a sweep with a six run win. They hit more home runs in one game than they have in nine years, and their starting pitcher allowed only two hits against the Yankees for the first time in a decade.
"And it's outta here!" (times 6 edition)
Outfielder Danny Santana homered in the third inning to make the score 1-0, but that was just the beginning. With a runner on and two outs in the top of the sixth, Brian Dozier hit a home run to give MN a three run lead.
Next at bat was Trevor Plouffe, who also homered. Then, rookie Max Kepler followed suit and hit the third home run of his career.
As if three consecutive home runs in one inning wasn't enough, the Twins kept them coming.
Yankee pitcher Nathaniel Eovaldi was replaced by Luis Cessa in the next inning. But that didn't stop Eduardo Nunez from joining Sunday's home run club. The former Yankee hit a line drive to left field in the seventh inning.
A few more pitching changes later, catcher Juan Centeno hit one out of the park in the ninth inning.
The Twins have never lost a game in which they've hit at least five home runs since moving to Minnesota in 1961, writes ESPN's Derek Wetmore. Sunday's game was the 31st time they pulled off that feat, with a perfect 31-0 record.
Duffey pitches 2/3 of a perfect game
Tyler Duffey didn't allow one hit until the sixth inning on Sunday, when former Twins player Aaron Hicks doubled to right field. He struck out eight batters, walked none and allowed a total of two hits during the entire eight innings he pitched. In Duffey's defense, no one has ever pitched a perfect game against the Yankees, says CBS.
First baseman Mark Teixeira hit a home run in the eighth inning to give the Yankees their only run.
The Twins will travel to Chicago to play the White Sox on Tuesday night. MN's Kyle Gibson (0-5) will take the mound against Jose Quintana (5-7).