's career-long homer drought is finally over.
After sending a
fastball some 420 feet into the Metrodome seats on Thursday, Teixeira thinks his next long ball may not be far behind.
Teixeira ended a 23-game homerless stretch and the
New York Yankees
completed a season sweep of the
with a 6-4 victory.
''I'm a streaky home run hitter, and they come in bunches,'' Teixeira said. ''And after hitting a bunch in a row it took a
while to get another one.''
Teixeira, who managed to keep his average and on-base percentage high through his power outage, connected on the first pitch
of the fifth inning. It was his 21st homer of the season and first in 96 at-bats, dating to June 12 against the Mets.
Was it starting to wear on him?
''Not at all,'' he said. ''We're playing so much great baseball. I'm getting on base. I'm still hitting the ball; I'm just
not getting that lift.
''The last couple of weeks, that ball that I hit would've been a line drive to the left fielder or maybe a nice hard single,''
he added. ''But once you get a little bit of a lift, a little bit of backspin, that's when home runs start coming.''
picked up his 23rd save for the Yankees, who have won eight straight on the road and beat the Twins all seven times they met
The win, coupled with Boston's 8-6 loss to Kansas City, moved the Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East with the
at 51-34. The Yankees are in first place for the first time since entering the games of June 10.
(4-9) gave up six runs - three earned - on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Twins, who have lost 18 of their past 24 games
against the Yankees.
Twins All-Star first baseman
was 0 for 4 and went 0 for 10 in the series.
''They just pretty much dominated us at home,'' Twins manager
said. ''That's not supposed to happen.''
New York moved
from the bullpen for a spot start in place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Aceves gave up four runs - two charged to him when
with the bases loaded in the fourth - on four hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Robertson's walks were the only hiccups for the sterling New York bullpen. The relievers combined to allow two hits and no
runs over the final 5 2-3 innings.
(4-1) pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings for the win.
''I thought it was going to come together right out of spring training, so it's a little later than I thought actually because
we've had to shuffle some pieces with guys to fit in,'' manager
said. ''They've done everything I've asked them to do. They haven't said, 'What's my role?'''
It was another shaky outing for Liriano, who has been nowhere near the dominating performer he was before
surgery 2 1/2 years ago. Gardenhire said Liriano ''is still learning to pitch with less stuff than he had before the surgery.''
With the bases loaded and one out in the second, Liriano got ahead 0-2 on
. But Ransom worked a walk to score
for a 1-0 lead.
''It's kind of frustrating,'' Liriano said. ''I should have made some better pitches, especially the 0-2 count. Too many pitches
all over the place.''
added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 3-0, with all three runs unearned thanks to an error by second baseman
Liriano needed 55 pitches to get through the first two innings, two days after the Yankees squeezed 57 out of
in the first two frames.
The Yankees gave two runs back in the second on errant throws. Aceves threw a ball away on a pickoff attempt at first base
and Ransom had a throwing error at third base as the Twins cut the deficit to 3-2.
had RBI singles in the fourth, and Robertson steeled himself after the two run-scoring walks. He got
to ground out with the bases loaded to end the inning and keep the Yankees in the lead, 5-4.
''They just wore us down,'' Gardenhire said.
NOTES: Twins starter
, who missed his scheduled start on Wednesday because of illness, was still feeling poorly on Thursday.
will start Friday against the
and the Twins hope Perkins will be ready for Saturday. ... Girardi said A.J. Burnett will be the first starter after the break,
followed by CC Sabathia,