The Twins were in control until they went to their setup man and played to the Yankees strengths. Instead of bringing a lefty to face the heart of the order in the eighth inning, the Twins went to right-hander Jared Burton, and the Yankees promptly put together a go-ahead rally that snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-4 win at Target Field. Robinson Cano led off the inning with a double. Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit for Vernon Wells and reached on a bunt single. Ichiro then went first to third on a run-scoring botched pickoff attempt. Switch-hitting Zoilo Almonte was free to hit from his better side, and he drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. The Yankees piled on from there, finishing with their highest run total since May 10. The rally took Andy Pettitte off the hook for a milestone night — he’s now the Yankees all-time strikeouts leader — that wasn’t a very good start. Pettitte allowed four runs through five innings as his recent struggles continued. Cano built of his strong Orioles series, going 3-for-4 with two home runs.
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