When the Yankees arrived in Minnesota, it had been 38 days since they’d scored as many as nine runs in game. They’ve now done it twice in four days. Suddenly able to score in bunches again — with huge innings and big rallies — the Yankees finished off a four-game sweep with today’s 9-5 win against the Twins. It’s the Yankees first four-game winning streak since June 3-6. Five Yankees had at least two hits in the series finale, but Robinson Cano remarkably was not one of them. His streak of six multi-hit games ended with an 0-for-3, but it hardly mattered. Ichiro Suzuki and Travis Hafner each doubled during a three-run first inning, Vernon Wells had his third RBI of the afternoon during a two-run third inning, and new guy Luis Cruz doubled during a four-run sixth. Ichiro was a home run short of the cycle. All of that offense came in a strong bounce-back start by David Phelps, who couldn’t get out of the third inning in Baltimore, but this time allowed just one run through the first six innings. His outing began to falter in the seventh — he and two relievers combined to allow three runs that inning — but the bulk of his start was good, certainly good enough for an offense that’s finally shown some life these past four days.
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