Twins tee off on Cortes, top Yanks to end NY streak at 7


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins cruised to an 8-1 victory that stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.

Byron Buxton and Ryan Jeffers each hit home runs in the fifth inning off Nestor Cortes to send the New York left-hander to an early exit. Cortes allowed season highs in hits with seven and runs with four. He went 4 2/3 innings in his shortest appearance of the year that also knocked him out of the major league ERA lead.

The Twins scored one more run than the Yankees allowed combined over their streak.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on the game:

Minnesota starting pitcher Chris Archer on his performance:

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton on how big the win last night was for Minnesota:

Series wraps at 6:40 p.m. tonight on 950 KWAT.

Before the game, Minnesota reinstated shortstop Carlos Correa from the COVID-19 injured list.  It was a small but significant step toward restoring their depleted roster to full strength. Correa missed eight games. He tested positive while the team was in Detroit.

The AL Central-leading Twins still have 13 players on the injured list. Right-hander Joe Ryan remains on the COVID-19 injured list. He’s one of seven starting pitchers currently sidelined. Ryan will make a rehab start in Triple-A on Thursday.