NYY 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Min 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
Date of game: 7/4/2014

Recap: Minnesota vs. NY Yankees

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Roberts had four extra-base hits, including three doubles, and knocked in a run, as the New York Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, at Target Field.

Francisco Cervelli finished 3-for-4 and Jacoby Ellsbury provided a two-run single for New York, which has won the first two games of this four-game series. The Yankees snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with Thursday's 7-4 triumph.

"We need wins," said Roberts. "Anytime that you can contribute that's good. It was a fun game to be a part of."

Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello both homered for the Twins, who have dropped nine of 11.

The Twins, down 6-1 at one point, closed to within a run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Colabello. They had the tying run in scoring position when Kurt Suzuki ripped a two-out double in the ninth, but David Robertson struck out Chris Parmelee looking to earn his 20th save of the season.

Parmelee's career-high hitting streak came to an end at 13 games after he went 0-for-5.

Both teams provided plenty of early fireworks on Independence Day, combining for 10 runs in the opening three innings before the bullpens quelled the bats.

A game-opening triple to the gap in left-center field by Brett Gardner sparked a three-run first for New York, which put up another three-spot in the second against Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-7).

"It was a tough situation with that leadoff triple," said Gibson. "I didn't limit the damage. They strung some hits together and I left the ball up. They did what they're supposed to do. They're a good hitting team."

Roberts followed Gardner's triple with a double off the right-field wall and scored on a Mark Teixeira two-bagger. Teixeira advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly.

Brendan Ryan added a sac fly in the second, scoring Cervelli, who led off with a double. Gardner walked to keep the inning alive and Roberts hit a ground- rule double and both came home on Ellsbury's soft single to make it 6-1.

Gibson departed after just two ineffective innings.

New York starter Chase Whitley lasted only three frames. He gave up leadoff homers to Dozier in the first and Colabello in the second. He continued to struggle in the third, as Oswaldo Arcia hit an RBI triple and scored on a Trevor Plouffe single.

David Huff (2-0) tossed three perfect innings in relief of Whitley, while Twins reliever Samuel Deduno allowed three hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Game Notes

Friday marked the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech ... New York manager Joe Girardi said before Friday's game that it's "probably fair to say" pitcher CC Sabathia could miss the rest of the season because of an ailing right knee ... Gardner has reached base safely in 20 straight games... The Yankees have won seven in a row at Target Field.

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