MINNEAPOLIS -- Nathan Eovaldi pitched impressively into the ninth inning, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered, and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Sunday for a series win.
Eovaldi (10-2) had only five strikeouts, but looked dominant nonetheless, easily topping 90 mph in the later innings and inducing Twins batters into harmless grounders and popups in reaching double-digit wins for the first time.
The right-hander hasn't lost a start since June 16 at Miami, allowed eight hits and a walk. He came out to start the ninth but was quickly pulled after giving up a leadoff double to Miguel Sano.
Headley had two big hits against Kyle Gibson (8-8) -- the first a solo homer in the fifth that made it 1-all, and then a two-run single the next inning that knocked the Twins starter out of the game.
Two batters later, Drew sent a 0-1 slider from reliever Ryan O'Rourke into the right field seats for his 13th homer to cap a six-run sixth.
Gibson allowed six runs and six hits before being pulled after 5 1/3 innings. Torii Hunter had a RBI groundout in the third that scored Aaron Hicks, and Trevor Plouffe added a run-scoring single in the ninth against reliever Justin Wilson.
After being outscored 15-1 in the first 12 innings of the three-game series, the Yankees returned the favor by outscoring the Twins 15-2 over the final 15.
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez got a day off after hitting three homers Saturday night. Manager Joe Girardi said he had been planning to give Rodriguez a day off either in Minnesota or Texas. Seeing as how his team will face at least two left-handed starters in Texas, Girardi said he decided to sit Rodriguez for the series finale against the Twins. Earlier, Rodriguez told reporters he was planning to celebrate his 40th birthday on Monday in Texas with family and friends. Asked if he viewed turning 40 years old as a traumatic event, Rodriguez said: "All of that happened for me last year."
Twins: GM Terry Ryan said RHP Ryan Pressly (shoulder) should be able to start throwing soon. "He's healthy now, got no pain and now he can move to the next step, which is picking up a ball. . . . It'll be a while for him, but we can at least start the process now."
Twins: have Monday off before a two-game interleague series against Pittsburgh. Mike Pelfrey (5-7) makes his eighth-career start against the Pirates (3-2, 4.33 ERA), who send RHP Charlie Morton (6-4) to the mound.