NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins picked a good time to win their first series at Yankee Stadium in over a decade.
With a 10-4 victory Sunday in New York, the Twins took two out of three games from the Yankees to head into the All-Star break on a positive note. It was the first time since May of 2001 that the Twins won a series against the Yankees in the Bronx.
For perspective, Tom Kelly was still managing the Twins when they last won a series at Yankee Stadium.
"It's nice to just win ballgames," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "Winning a series here is never easy. We haven't done it a lot. Guys were excited. The ball fell our way today."
The Twins' 10 runs in Sunday's win marked the first time Minnesota scored in double-figures since a 10-0 win over Seattle on June 2. Minnesota's offense has sputtered as of late; the Twins have been shut out twice in July and were held to one run on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. But the bats came alive Sunday to the tune of 14 hits.
The two straight wins also helps end a skid in which Minnesota was just 1-12 after a loss in Friday's series opener. Now the Twins enter the All-Star break on a high note.
"Things went our way, and that hasn't happened here in a long time," Gardenhire said. "Today we got a lot of breaks."
The Twins' victories Saturday and Sunday were the first back-to-back wins for Minnesota since June 19-20. It was also the first time the Twins have beaten Yankees starter CC Sabathia since July 29, 2007 when Sabathia was with the Cleveland Indians.