NEW YORK (AP) – Down five runs in the third inning with a rookie on the mound, the New York Yankees saw their season spiraling out of control.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez revived them with the type of win they had not put together in more than a year.
Judge hit a tying three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and Sánchez singled in the 10th to drive in Gleyber Torres on the day the infielder lost the shortstop job, lifting the Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Monday.
“It’s a roller coaster, but you got to enjoy the ride,” Judge said. “It’s not over yet.”
DJ LeMahieu began the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that Max Kepler caught with a leap against the right-field wall. Joey Gallo added his 33rd homer, his eighth with the Yankees, in the seventh off Tyler Duffey.
Duffey walked pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo leading off the eighth and Brett Gardner with two outs. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected for taking issue with the calls of plate umpire Jeff Nelson, and Colomé relieved.
“It’s frustrating when you go out and do your job and execute a pitch,” Duffey said, “and the umpire just flat-out misses it. It seems to happen a lot in this stadium for some reason. I don’t know if they’re afraid to punch people out in Yankee Stadium.”
New York won for just the fourth time in 16 games following a 13-game winning streak and closed within a half-game of AL wild-card leaders Toronto and Boston with 18 games left.