Sanchez takes Gibson way deep, sparks Yanks' win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Gary Sanchez was struggling since coming off the disabled list, and the New York Yankees were off to a so-so September start.

Facing the Minnesota Twins seems to be a cure-all.

Sanchez had three hits, including a mammoth home run, J.A. Happ tossed six shutout innings and the Yankees continued their mastery of the Twins with a 7-2 win on Monday night.

Could his first three-hit game since April 16 be a turning point for the catcher hitting .189?

''I've hit the ball very hard all season and I haven't got the results I wanted. If this is what it takes for me to find a good streak here or a good positive streak, yeah, why not,'' Sanchez said through an interpreter.

New York has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, including last year's wild card game, outscoring the Twins 66-23. The Yankees are 20-4 in the teams' meetings since July 25, 2015.

The Yankees, 5-4 in the season's final month, increased their lead over idle Oakland to three games for the first AL wild-card spot.

Happ (16-6) allowed six hits and struck out three. Acquired from Toronto on July 26, the left-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in six of eight starts for New York, going 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

''I ran into a couple outings before I came over where I really wasn't getting strike one as much as I needed to,'' he said. ''Tonight, I felt like I was ahead in the count a lot and kind of forced them to be aggressive and swing.''

Kyle Gibson (7-13) allowed four hits and one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. He was one batter away from tossing six shutout innings before Sanchez crushed low 2-2 fastball 460 feet into the third deck in left field.

''We've talked before about a guy's sweet spot, and some guys like the ball down and that's probably on the fringe of where he likes the ball the most,'' Gibson said.

Before the bomb, Sanchez was 3 for 29 since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 1.

''You always feel like he's a guy that can get it rolling, and when he does, he's, from a talent standpoint, one of those guys that can carry a club offensively,'' manager Aaron Boone said.

New York's first eight batters reached base in a six-run seventh. Miguel Andujar had a two-run double and later scored on a double by Giancarlo Stanton, who had been in a 3-for-35 slump. Didi Gregorius doubled home Stanton.

New York was 5 for 17 with runners in scoring position after going 4 for 35 in its previous six games.

''Finally, a lot of really good at-bats to kind of break that game open. It was something I feel like we needed and glad that a lot of guys had a hand in it,'' Boone said.

JUDGE GETS HIS CUTS

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took on-field batting practice for the first time since fracturing his right wrist on July 26.

The session included home runs to multiple fields by the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year.

''It went really well; another big step for him to get out on the field,'' Boone said.

After the game, Judge refused to put a timeline on his return.

''I really don't want to put myself in a box by setting a date and then not making it. . I just need to keep moving forward until the day I get out there.''

TRADING GEMS

Twins left fielder Johnny Field made a sliding grab in the fifth to rob Andujar of a hit and save two runs. Third baseman Andujar returned the favor in the bottom of the inning, snaring a sharp liner by Field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Luke Voit has been dealing with back stiffness for a couple of days and wants to play through it, but Greg Bird got the start.

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano missed his fifth straight game with lower left leg issues - including a sore knee that he sustained sliding into second base last Tuesday. ... 1B Tyler Austin went through hitting drills and took batting practice but missed his fourth straight game with a stiff back.

UP NEXT

To provide extra rest for Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, New York's Sonny Gray (10-8, 4.96) is scheduled for a spot start on Tuesday. Removed from the rotation in early August, Gray tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last spot start, on Aug. 25 in Baltimore. Minnesota will send RHP Tyler Duffey (1-2, 9.00) to the mound for his first start of the season.

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  • W: J. Happ (16-6)L: K. Gibson (7-13)
  • HR: NYY - G. Sanchez (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF21110301.250.359.413.7726.0
A. Hicks CF41100204.248.369.464.8324.0
M. Andujar 3B61120009.298.331.521.8525.0
G. Stanton DH41110121.266.339.504.8424.0
D. Gregorius SS41110111.267.331.477.8084.5
A. Hechavarria SS00000000.254.285.348.6330.0
G. Sanchez C52311012.189.284.418.7039.5
G. Bird 1B30000214.195.286.382.6671.5
G. Torres 2B40110103.280.349.503.8523.0
B. Gardner LF50200025.239.327.370.6981.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B40000011.270.340.365.706-0.5
    J. Polanco SS41200000.274.329.403.7323.0
    L. Forsythe 2B41200001.240.316.306.6223.0
    R. Grossman RF40210012.264.350.373.7233.5
    M. Garver C40110013.260.330.404.7341.5
    W. Astudillo DH30000002.275.293.550.8430.0
    a- M. Kepler PH-DH10000011.226.319.414.733-0.5
    J. Cave CF40100010.257.306.472.7780.5
    J. Field LF40100012.193.231.330.5610.5
    G. Petit 3B40100003.290.371.323.6942.0
    • a-struck out for Astudillo in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Andujar (40), G. Stanton (31), D. Gregorius (23), G. Sanchez (15)
    • HR - G. Sanchez (16)
    • SF - A. McCutchen (7)
    • RBI - A. McCutchen (60), M. Andujar 2 (79), G. Stanton (86), D. Gregorius (75), G. Sanchez (46), G. Torres (70)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Andujar 7 (7), G. Stanton, G. Bird, G. Torres 3 (3), B. Gardner 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman (22), G. Petit
    • RBI - R. Grossman (39), M. Garver (39)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer, R. Grossman, M. Garver, M. Kepler, G. Petit 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Bird)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Petit-Forsythe-Mauer)
    • E - J. Polanco (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (W, 16-6)6.06000303.751.1323.5
    L. Cessa2.04220205.351.441.0
    J. Holder1.00000103.151.023.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (W, 16-6)6.0
    L. Cessa2.0
    J. Holder1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 7-13)5.24114513.671.303.5
    T. May0.10001003.571.25-1.0
    A. Busenitz0.02442006.561.93-8.0
    A. Vasquez0.01110005.402.40-2.0
    M. Magill1.02112103.881.41-1.5
    J. Curtiss1.010011010.802.401.5
    O. Drake1.01000005.861.512.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Happ (4), L. Cessa (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 91-61, L. Cessa 45-28, J. Holder 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-10, L. Cessa 4-0, J. Holder 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 23, L. Cessa 10, J. Holder 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 118-63, T. May 11-5, A. Busenitz 18-7, A. Vasquez 2-2, M. Magill 27-13, J. Curtiss 18-12, O. Drake 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 8-4, O. Drake 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, T. May 2, A. Busenitz 4, A. Vasquez, M. Magill 7, J. Curtiss 5, O. Drake 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. McCutchen RF21110301.250.359.413.7726.0
    A. Hicks CF41100204.248.369.464.8324.0
    M. Andujar 3B61120009.298.331.521.8525.0
    G. Stanton DH41110121.266.339.504.8424.0
    D. Gregorius SS41110111.267.331.477.8084.5
    A. Hechavarria SS00000000.254.285.348.6330.0
    G. Sanchez C52311012.189.284.418.7039.5
    G. Bird 1B30000214.195.286.382.6671.5
    G. Torres 2B40110103.280.349.503.8523.0
    B. Gardner LF50200025.239.327.370.6981.0
    Total377117110730-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B40000011.270.340.365.706-0.5
      J. Polanco SS41200000.274.329.403.7323.0
      L. Forsythe 2B41200001.240.316.306.6223.0
      R. Grossman RF40210012.264.350.373.7233.5
      M. Garver C40110013.260.330.404.7341.5
      W. Astudillo DH30000002.275.293.550.8430.0
      a- M. Kepler PH-DH10000011.226.319.414.733-0.5
      J. Cave CF40100010.257.306.472.7780.5
      J. Field LF40100012.193.231.330.5610.5
      G. Petit 3B40100003.290.371.323.6942.0
      Total36210200615-----
      • a-struck out for Astudillo in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Andujar (40), G. Stanton (31), D. Gregorius (23), G. Sanchez (15)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (16)
      • SF - A. McCutchen (7)
      • RBI - A. McCutchen (60), M. Andujar 2 (79), G. Stanton (86), D. Gregorius (75), G. Sanchez (46), G. Torres (70)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Andujar 7 (7), G. Stanton, G. Bird, G. Torres 3 (3), B. Gardner 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (22), G. Petit
      • RBI - R. Grossman (39), M. Garver (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer, R. Grossman, M. Garver, M. Kepler, G. Petit 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Bird)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Petit-Forsythe-Mauer)
      • E - J. Polanco (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 16-6)6.06000303.751.1323.5
      L. Cessa2.04220205.351.441.0
      J. Holder1.00000103.151.023.5
      Total9.01022060---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 16-6)6.0
      L. Cessa2.0
      J. Holder1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 7-13)5.24114513.671.303.5
      T. May0.10001003.571.25-1.0
      A. Busenitz0.02442006.561.93-8.0
      A. Vasquez0.01110005.402.40-2.0
      M. Magill1.02112103.881.41-1.5
      J. Curtiss1.010011010.802.401.5
      O. Drake1.01000005.861.512.0
      Total9.011771071---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 7-13)5.2
      T. May0.1
      A. Busenitz0.0
      A. Vasquez0.0
      M. Magill1.0
      J. Curtiss1.0
      O. Drake1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Happ (4), L. Cessa (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 91-61, L. Cessa 45-28, J. Holder 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-10, L. Cessa 4-0, J. Holder 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 23, L. Cessa 10, J. Holder 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 118-63, T. May 11-5, A. Busenitz 18-7, A. Vasquez 2-2, M. Magill 27-13, J. Curtiss 18-12, O. Drake 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 8-4, O. Drake 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, T. May 2, A. Busenitz 4, A. Vasquez, M. Magill 7, J. Curtiss 5, O. Drake 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Garver grounded out to shortstop, Forsythe scored72
        Grossman doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Forsythe to third71
      • 7TH INNING
        McCutchen hit sacrifice fly to center, Sanchez scored, Bird to third70
        Torres singled to right, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third, Bird to second60
        Gregorius doubled to right, Stanton scored50
        Stanton doubled to deep center, Andujar scored40
        Andujar doubled to deep center, McCutchen and Hicks scored30
      • 6TH INNING
        Sanchez homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Oliver Drake relieved John Curtiss
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to right center
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gardner out at second
        • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to left
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andujar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Luis Cessa
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Field struck out looking
        • G. Petit: Foul, Petit popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • John Curtiss relieved Matt Magill
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez doubled to deep right, Stanton to third
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Torres flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer grounded out to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to left
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Forsythe singled to right center, Polanco to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Forsythe to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garver grounded out to shortstop, Forsythe scored
        • Max Kepler hit for Willians Astudillo
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Grossman to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Trevor May
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, McCutchen to second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar doubled to deep center, McCutchen and Hicks scored
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton doubled to deep center, Andujar scored
        • Andrew Vasquez relieved Alan Busenitz
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius doubled to right, Stanton scored
        • Matt Magill relieved Andrew Vasquez
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to right, Gregorius to third
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bird walked, Sanchez to second
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Foul, Torres singled to right, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third, Bird to second
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gardner struck out on foul tip
        • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCutchen hit sacrifice fly to center, Sanchez scored, Bird to third
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Torres to second
        • M. Andujar: Andujar lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luis Cessa relieved J.A. Happ
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Cave: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • J. Field: Field singled to right
        • G. Petit: Strike looking, Petit grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Stanton lined out to third
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius struck out looking
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez homered to left center
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked
        • Trevor May relieved Kyle Gibson
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres walked, Bird to second
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to third
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe singled to left
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • M. Garver: Garver lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Torres lined out to center
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner singled to right
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked, Gardner to second
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to first, Gardner to third, McCutchen to second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Andujar lined out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to first
        • J. Field: Field lined out to third
        • G. Petit: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Petit doubled to left center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gregorius walked
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to third, Gregorius to second
        • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Bird grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman singled to center
        • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to second, Grossman out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, McCutchen singled to left center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hicks grounded out to first, McCutchen to second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco lined out to right
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gregorius safe at first on shortstop Polanco fielding error
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bird grounded out to pitcher, Gregorius to second
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Torres grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garver singled to left
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Astudillo flied out to right
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave reached on an infield single to pitcher, Garver to second
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Field flied out to right
        • G. Petit: Petit lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hicks singled to left, McCutchen to second
        • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to second, McCutchen to third, Hicks out at second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer flied out to deep center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to left center
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Forsythe fouled out to first
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco to second on wild pitch, Grossman flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)