YANKEES 7, TWINS 2
Gary Sanchez had three hits, including a mammoth home run, J.A. Happ tossed six shutout innings and New York extended its mastery of Minnesota.
The Yankees increased their lead over idle Oakland to three games for the first AL wild card.
New York has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, including last year’s wild-card game, outscoring the Twins 66-23. The Yankees are 20-4 in the last 24 meetings since July 25, 2015.
Happ (16-6) allowed six hits. Acquired from Toronto on July 26, the left-hander is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts for New York.
Kyle Gibson (7-13) allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. He was one batter from throwing six shutout innings before Sanchez sent a 460-foot homer into the third deck in left field.
Before that, Sanchez was 3 for 29 since coming off the disabled list Sept. 1.
New York’s first eight batters reached base in a six-run seventh. Miguel Andujar had a two-run double.
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