Twins Rock Yankees with Mauer's 5th Career Grand Slam | KFAN 100.3 FM

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TWINS 10, YANKEES 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Mauer hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth inning, and Minnesota beat New York for the first time in 10 meetings.

Didi Gregorious answered Mauer's big bop with his own grand slam in the sixth. That was the only bright spot for the Yankees, who dropped nine games behind Boston in the AL East race and had their lead over Oakland for the first wild card spot cut to two games. The major league leaders in home runs with 234, the Yankees fell to 80-36 in games when they go deep. 

Sonny Gray (10-9) lasted three innings and allowed three runs - two earned - four hits and three walks. Gregorius tripled and scored on Gary Sanchez's sacrifice fly for a second-inning lead, but Gray gave it back in a three-run third. 

Jonathan Loaisiga fared even worse, forcing in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Max Kepler in the fifth. Three batters later, Mauer crushed a full-count fastball to center field. 

Kohl Stewart (1-1) earned his first major league victory after following reliever Tyler Duffey, who served as a bullpen opener for the third time this month. 

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