SportsYankees Alex Rodriguez hits three homers, John Ryan Murphy adds three-run shot in 8-5 comeback win over Twins Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees watches after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of the game on July 25, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien By ERIK BOLAND email@example.com @eboland11 July 25, 2015 10:40 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email MINNEAPOLIS - Put those stories about a second-half swoon for Alex Rodriguez on hold. Rodriguez, who looked a bit worn out during the Yankees' six-game homestand to start the second half, hit three mammoth home runs Saturday night in what instantly became one of his team's most impressive victories of the season. Powered by A-Rod's tying homer in the ninth and John Ryan Murphy's three-run shot later in the inning, the Yankees rallied from an early five-run deficit to earn an 8-5 win over the Twins in front of a sellout crowd of 40,660 at Target Field. Said Joe Girardi, "It's maybe our best win of the year.'' A-Rod, who turns 40 Monday and was in a 5-for-24 skid entering the night, hit the first pitch of the ninth from Glen Perkins, who entered the game with an American League-leading 29 saves, well over the centerfield wall. The blast, which came on a 94-mph fastball, sailed an estimated 424 feet and gave Rodriguez three homers in a span of five pitches. It was his 23rd of the season. After singles by Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley, light-hitting catcher Murphy hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right-center off Perkins to make it 8-5. Andrew Miller pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save. The AL East-leading Yankees, who had only one hit entering the seventh inning, maintained their 51/2-game lead over the Blue Jays. The stunned Twins, who entered the game ranked near the bottom of the league in homers with 83, hit four in Friday night's 10-1 win and two more Saturday night. Five pitches into the bottom of the first inning, the Yankees trailed 2-0 as Aaron Hicks hit a two-run shot off CC Sabathia. Torii Hunter's three-run blast in the third made it 5-0. "Five runs isn't good enough, but the guys came through,'' Sabathia said. Sabathia allowed five runs and six hits in 52/3 innings. He turned over a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the sixth to Adam Warren, who struck out Hicks. Warren pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn the victory and unsung hero status for the night. After a walk to Chris Young in the second, Twins righthander Tommy Milone retired 16 of the next 17, with A-Rod's long home run into the third deck in the fourth -- estimated to have traveled an impressive 452 feet -- the lone interruption. It was 5-1 in the seventh when Young led off with a double and Rodriguez sent a drive into the Yankees' bullpen in left-center for his second multi-homer game of the season and a 5-3 deficit. Teixeira doubled to center and scored on Headley's sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. The Twins jumped on Sabathia quickly. Brian Dozier led off the first with a solid single to left and Sabathia got ahead of Hicks 0-and-1 before throwing a belt-high off-speed pitch that he launched into the seats in left for his fourth homer of the season. Hicks led off the third with a single and Miguel Sano reached on an infield single with one out. Hunter, who homered Friday night, then poked a 1-and-1 fastball to the opposite field for a three-run homer and a 5-0 lead. It was the 40-year-old Hunter's 16th homer of the season. By ERIK BOLAND firstname.lastname@example.org @eboland11 Erik Boland started in Newsday's sports department in 2002. He covered high school and college sports, then shifted to the Jets beat. He has covered the Yankees since 2009. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.