Early struggles doom Twins late-inning rally

MINNEAPOLIS - Brian Roberts hit three doubles and a triple, and the New York Yankees used their bullpen to hang on for a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

David Huff (2-0) struck out three in three perfect innings of relief for the victory after starter Chase Whitley faltered, and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single in the second to finish off Twins starter Kyle Gibson (7-7).

Gibson gave up six runs on six hits in two innings.

Brian Dozier led off the first with his 16th homer and Chris Colabello went deep the next inning in his first at-bat since May 23, but the Twins lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Minnesota bullpen did it's part to give the team a chance to get back in the game. Samuel Deduno pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits in the game.

Overall the bullpen pitched seven scoreless innings allowing four hits and no walks.

The Twins' had a chance to tie the game in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Eduardo Escobar was robbed of a hit with a runner on third base. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira made a diving stop on a grounder to end the inning.

In the ninth, Kurt Suzuki doubled with two outs in the inning. Chris Parmelee struck out looking to end the game, snapping his 13-game hitting streak.

The Twins and Yankees play Game 3 of the four-game series on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. Yohan Pino is in search of his first major league win in his fourth career start and first against the Yankees.


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