Curtis Granderson hit three home runs in a 5-for-5 game and knocked in four of the Yankees' seven runs in the Twins' 7-6 loss on Thursday night. Yankees starter Phil Hughes picked up the win and Mariano Rivera recorded his third save of the season. Twins starter Anthony Swarzak lasted only 2.2 innings and was pinned with the loss.
After a high scoring start, in which the Yankees held a 6-4 lead, things settled down in the latter seven innings. After Granderson hit his third home run of the game in just the fourth inning, the Twins responded with a two-run home run off the bat of Ryan Doumit in the sixth to pull within a run. The Yankees' pen threw 3.2 shutout innings, though, to seal the series split.
Doumit plated four runs in the game and Danny Valencia had two runs batted in on two hits.
Minnesota continues their road trip with three against the Rays this weekend before heading home for six straight.