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July 13, 2013

Twins finally beat the Yankees

NEW YORK — The slumping Twins caught a couple of breaks and took advantage of that short porch in right field. Not at all what they're accustomed to when visiting Yankee Stadium.

Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and Minnesota finally figured out a way to beat the New York Yankees, hitting three home runs off Phil Hughes in a 4-1 win Saturday.

Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes — all on 2-2 pitches with one out. Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with its second victory in 14 games, winning for the first time in six meetings with the Yankees this year.

New York won 32 of the previous 39 matchups, including a pair of playoff sweeps.

"It's a big sigh of relief," Doumit said. "This has been a tough road trip, no doubt."

Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium. He struck out three, walked three and matched the longest outing of his career.

Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth — with help from his shortstop. Florimon saved the reliever from a throwing error on a comebacker with nobody out.

All-Star closer Glen Perkins, making his first appearance in a week, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 chances.

"Exciting baseball game," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, ejected in the eighth for arguing a call at first base. "That was needed. It's been a tough go here to get a win, so to see the guys smile again is very exciting."

The Yankees, who swept four games in Minnesota from July 1-4, had won three straight and nine of 12.

Hughes (4-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings but gave up three homers in a game for the second time this season. He has allowed 18 long balls in as many starts.

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