Deduno throws 7 sharp innings, slumping Twins hit 3 homers off Hughes in 4-1 win over Yankees

  • Article by: MIKE FITZPATRICK , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 13, 2013 - 4:45 PM

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.

"I thought it was some of the better stuff he's had all year," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think he threw the ball exceptionally well except for a few mistakes."

About 13 hours after the Yankees finished a rain-delayed shutout Friday night, the teams were back on the field.

New York jumped on top in the first inning when Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored on Robinson Cano's single. Deduno got Vernon Wells to ground into an inning-ending double play and settled in from there.

The right-hander, who pitched the Dominican Republic to the World Baseball Classic championship in March, received some help when Doumit caught Zoilo Almonte stealing second with a runner on third to end the fourth. Deduno struck out Suzuki with two on to finish the fifth and worked around a one-out double in the seventh.

"Everything was around the plate and everything was working today," Deduno said.

Plouffe tied it in the second on a long drive to left-center and Doumit put the Twins ahead in the seventh with a line drive to right.

"That's a single at Target Field. It might be an L-9," Doumit said, referring to Minnesota's pitcher-friendly home. "This is a great place to hit."

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