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NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 3
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, June 24, 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Temperature: 77°
Umpires: Home - Chris Guccione, 1B - Alfonso Marquez, 2B - Larry Vanover, 3B - David Rackley
Attendance: 44808

NEW YORK -- Rob Refsnyder had the tiebreaking single, Masahiro Tanaka struck out seven in six innings and the New York Yankees reached the .500 mark again with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Refsnyder, who has been playing first base for the first time because of Mark Teixeira's knee injury, gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with two outs in the fourth inning against Tommy Milone (0-2).

Before Refsnyder's eighth RBI in 21 games, the Yankees also scored on an RBI double by Carlos Beltran, a run-scoring single by Alex Rodriguez and a sacrifice fly by Austin Romine.

Tanaka (5-2) made those runs stand by allowing three runs and seven hits. He pitched with men on base in each of his last five innings but wiggled out of each situation, getting two strikeouts to end the third, a groundout in the fourth and a double play to end the sixth.

Those hits and Tanaka's ability to escape trouble put the Yankees (36-36) at .500 for the fifth time since May 24. It also enabled to Yankees to get their hard-throwing trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman into the same game for the 11th time this season.

Betances and Miller did not allow a ball out of the infield while throwing a combined 24 pitches in the seventh and eighth in a one-run game.

After Aaron Hicks hit a one-out home run in the eighth, Chapman threw his first 10 pitches more than 100 mph in a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 chance.

Eduardo Nunez had a two-run single and Byron Buxton had a run-scoring groundout for the Twins (23-50), who became the first team in the majors to reach 50 losses after committing three errors.

The Twins tied a season high for errors as shortstop Eduardo Escobar, first baseman Joe Mauer made fielding miscues while left fielder Robbie Grossman was charged with a throwing error.

Milone allowed four runs (one earned) and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first major league start since May 3.

With nobody out in the third, the Twins had runners at second and third after Buxton doubled off the right-field wall. Nunez cleared the bases by lining a single up the middle for a 2-0 lead but the Twins stranded runners at first and second when Tanaka struck out Brian Dozier and Max Kepler.

Two Minnesota errors helped the Yankees tie it in the third.

After Romine reached on Escobar's error and was later forced at second, Brett Gardner scored from first standing up on Beltran's double to left field. Beltran scored on Rodriguez's single to the left and the designated hitter took second on an error by Grossman.

Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on Buxton's RBI groundout in the fourth.

The Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth on a walk, a bunt infield single and fielding error by first baseman Joe Mauer. New York tied it on a sacrifice fly by Romine, went ahead on a bloop single by Refsnyder and chased Milone when Beltran walked to load the bases again.

The inning ended when Rodriguez struck out swinging against Neil Ramirez.

NOTES: 1B Mark Teixeira is expected to be activated by the Yankees Saturday after missing three weeks with a right knee injury. Teixeira appeared in three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre before having Friday off. ... Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe (mild right groin strain) missed the game but thinks he will avoid the disabled list. He said after his groin felt really tight after leaving Thursday's game, it began loosening up when he walked back to the clubhouse. ... New York LHP CC Sabathia (ankle) remains on track to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Texas. Sabathia injured his ankle Wednesday but had it wrapped and it has not experienced swelling. ... Minnesota OF Miguel Sano (strained left hamstring) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Friday. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sano's rehab could be brief.
Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   NY Yankees
Tommy Milone Player Masahiro Tanaka
Loss W/L Win
3.2 IP 6.0
1 Strikeouts 7
6 Hits 7
2.45 ERA 4.50
Minnesota   NY Yankees
Brian Dozier Player Alex Rodriguez
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
.500 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 7 0 10 .212 13 12 3 2 0 3
NY Yankees 8 1 12 .242 19 6 5 3 0 0