Bronx, NY – Curtis Granderson clubbed three home runs in the first four innings, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Alex Rodriguez in 2010, as New York held off Minnesota, 7-6.
Granderson finished with five hits and four runs batted in, while Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in support of Phil Hughes (1-2), who gave up six runs -- just two earned -- on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 frames. The Yankees split the four-game set behind 13 hits and Granderson's power show. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.
Ryan Doumit hit a two-run home run as part of a four-RBI night, but Anthony Swarzak (0-3) relinquished an early four-run lead, giving up six runs on eight hits over just 2 2/3 frames in defeat.