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Phil Hughes outpitches Michael Pineda as Yankees lose to Twins, 10-1

Michael Pineda of the Yankees reacts to giving

Michael Pineda of the Yankees reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

MINNEAPOLIS - The easy narrative from Friday night's 10-1 loss to the Twins would be the Yankees, strong at home all season, getting a degree of comeuppance on the road to start a three-city, 10-game trip.

And while it is true that they have been far better at the Stadium this season than on the road -- 30-17 compared to 23-25 -- that ignores the central truth of the loss: the way Michael Pineda pitched, home or away, the Yankees get beat.

Pineda, who entered the night 9-6 with a 3.77 ERA, turned in a second straight rough outing, allowing five runs and eight hits in 52/3 innings.

He was dramatically outpitched by Phil Hughes, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Yankees before signing a free-agent deal with the Twins before the 2014 season.

"I wish him a lot of luck," Joe Girardi said before the game, "but not tonight."

Hughes, who came in 8-6 with a 4.15 ERA but was 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA in his previous six outings, went the first seven innings.

Holding a 5-0 lead in the seventh, Hughes -- who allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out three -- fanned Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Singles by Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew loaded the bases, but Hughes got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit a soft liner to left to end the inning.

The Yankees put runners on first and second against Brian Duensing in the eighth, but Beltran grounded into a force at third to end the inning.

The Yankees had 10 hits, three by Mark Teixeira. The Twins had 14, including four home runs.

It was a disappointing start to the trip, but the Yankees entered the game a season-best 12 games over .500 and with a 51/2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yankees had scored in the first inning of three straight games and seven of 12, and they threatened in the opening frame. Alex Rodriguez, coming off a 4-for-22 homestand, singled to center and chugged around to third when Teixeira singled, but McCann grounded out.

The Twins got on the board with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Torii Hunter singled with one out and went to second on Joe Mauer's groundout. Miguel Sano, 22, signed by the Twins as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, then muscled a hanging slider over the wall in dead center for his third homer and a 2-0 lead.

The Twins added on in the second. Eddie Rosario led off with a flare that took Gregorius into short left. He made an awkward leaping attempt at the ball, which popped out of his glove for what was scored a double. One out later, Kurt Suzuki roped a single to center for a 3-0 lead.

The Twins went up 5-0 in the fourth as they continued to barrel up Pineda. Trevor Plouffe opened the inning with a hard single to right and Rosario lined a double to right. Aaron Hicks' laser of a sacrifice fly to rightfield, which Beltran was fortunate to catch, and Suzuki's line-drive single to center made it 5-0.

Hunter's solo blast off rookie righthander Branden Pinder in the seventh, his 15th homer of the season, made it 6-0. Against Chris Capuano in the eighth, Plouffe led off with a home run, Rosario hit a ground-rule double to left, Hicks singled him home and Brian Dozier added a two-run homer.


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