Mauer's grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Though the New York Yankees remain on pace to reach the 100-win mark, the threat of being forced to take a cross-country trip for a one-and-done postseason game sure has not disappeared.

This rare lopsided loss to the Minnesota Twins sure didn't help.

Joe Mauer hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth inning, and the Twins beat the Yankees for the first time in 10 meetings, a 10-5 victory on Tuesday night after another flop by Sonny Gray as a starter.

''We've got to do better. We go out and lay an egg like that,'' manager Aaron Boone said, trailing off. ''This is the time where we've got to start playing up to our capabilities and putting our best foot forward every single day.''

Didi Gregorius answered Mauer's big bop with his own 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 Athletics won their fifth straight game.

''Can't control what's going on over there,'' Gregorius said. ''Can only control what's going over here.''

The major league leaders in home runs with 234, the Yankees fell to 80-36 in games when they go deep. They grounded into three double plays and had only five hits, none after Gregorius hit his second grand slam against the Twins this year.

''We've got to dig down right now and find it,'' Boone said, ''and try and lock in and get this thing rolling the right way.''

Gray was dropped from the rotation in early August with an 8-8 record and 5.56 ERA. He pitched more aggressively in four relief appearances, then returned to the rotation for a spot start and took a shutout into the seventh inning at Baltimore on Aug. 25. He made one more relief appearance and was given the start against the Twins to allow the rotation an extra day of rest.

Gray (10-9) lasted three innings and allowed three runs - two earned - with four hits and three walks.

''You walk guys,'' Gray said, ''and it will kill you.''

The right-hander refused to acknowledge any added frustration from stumbling in his now-rare opportunity to start. Neither did he allow for any increased pressure the team might be feeling from the A's, his former team.

''We lost one game. We're fine,'' Gray said. ''I feel like everyone's in good spirits.''

MAUER POWER

Gregorius tripled and scored on Gary Sanchez's sacrifice fly for a second-inning lead, and Gray gave it back in a three-run third fueled by a two-run single by former Yankees farmhand Jake Cave. Jonathan Loaisiga fared even worse, forcing in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Max Kepler in the fifth.

Boone appeared to argue with plate umpire James Hoye that the third ball to Kepler actually grazed his bat for a foul ball. Three batters later, Mauer crushed a full-count fastball to center field where it landed in the berm beyond the wall. He came out for a curtain call after his fifth career grand slam, tying Tony Oliva for fourth place in Twins history with 597 extra-base hits.

''He's just got that ability to not let emotion or moments overtake his ability to perform,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

The Yankees are 96-34 against the Twins, including the playoffs, and have won every season series since the start of 2002. They outscored the Twins 66-23 over the nine-game winning streak that ended.

''It's always nice to beat those guys,'' Mauer said, ''I'll tell you that.''

THE OPENER

Kohl Stewart (1-1) earned his first major league victory despite walking five batters in 3 1/3 innings. He followed reliever Tyler Duffey, who pitched two innings as a bullpen opener in the latest experiment by the Twins with a new trend that Tampa Bay started. This was their first win in three tries with the arrangement.

''I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just saying it's different,'' Duffey said. ''It worked today. If it works the next time around or doesn't, who knows?''

DON'T JUDGE

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge missed his 44th game after being hit by a pitch that broke his right wrist, but for the second straight afternoon he put on a powerful batting practice display in addition to some defensive drills. Boone declined to divulge a specific timeline for Judge's return to the lineup, but the manager is clearly eager for that to occur. More clarity will come after Judge's workouts this weekend at Yankee Stadium, Boone said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: With Boone preferring Austin Romine as the backstop for Gray, Sanchez moved from behind the plate to take a turn as the DH.

Twins: Tyler Austin was the DH for the Twins, after a four-game absence because of back tightness. Traded by the Yankees to the Twins on July 30 for right-hander Lance Lynn, Austin made his first appearance against his original team. He singled and walked in five plate appearances.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (17-7, 3.52 ERA) will pitch the last game of the series, coming off his shortest turn of the season with six hits and six runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings in a loss at Oakland last week. After an off day on Thursday, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia and Lynn will be the weekend starters against Toronto.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-10, 4.57 ERA) will take the mound on Wednesday night, reaching the 30-start mark for the third time in five years.

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NYY90-55
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MIN66-78
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  • W: K. Stewart (1-1)L: S. Gray (10-9)
  • HR: NYY - D. Gregorius (23), MIN - J. Mauer (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. McCutchen RF20100200.250.362.413.7752.0
A. Hicks CF41000002.246.366.459.8251.0
M. Andujar 3B41200001.299.333.521.8533.0
G. Stanton LF21000210.265.340.502.8412.5
D. Gregorius SS32241100.269.334.489.82314.0
G. Sanchez DH30010023.187.281.414.6940.0
L. Voit 1B30000020.295.367.580.9470.0
A. Romine C30000001.248.302.430.7320.0
G. Torres 2B30000000.277.347.499.8450.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B42241111.272.343.374.71711.5
    J. Polanco SS51310001.281.335.411.7466.0
    L. Forsythe 2B41000113.237.315.302.6171.5
    R. Grossman LF31100213.264.353.372.7263.5
    J. Cave CF51220012.260.308.470.7786.5
    T. Austin DH41100113.231.293.497.7902.5
    M. Kepler RF41210112.228.322.416.7385.5
    E. Adrianza 3B31100115.250.304.373.6772.5
    W. Astudillo C41110004.273.289.523.8123.0
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Gregorius (5)
      • HR - D. Gregorius (23)
      • SF - G. Sanchez (2)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius 4 (79), G. Sanchez (47)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (14), M. Kepler (28)
      • HR - J. Mauer (6)
      • RBI - J. Mauer 4 (43), J. Polanco (30), J. Cave 2 (33), M. Kepler (49), W. Astudillo (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe 2 (2), M. Kepler 2 (2), E. Adrianza 2 (2), W. Astudillo 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. McCutchen (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Cave (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Voit)
      • PB - A. Romine (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer; Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer; Forsythe-Polanco-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 10-9)3.04323204.991.51-4.0
      J. Loaisiga1.14663305.061.45-8.5
      T. Kahnle1.24110215.891.58-1.0
      S. Tarpley2.01001007.362.184.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 10-9)3.0
      J. Loaisiga1.1
      T. Kahnle1.2
      S. Tarpley2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Duffey2.02110108.571.293.5
      K. Stewart (W, 1-1)3.12335005.471.786.0
      T. May0.21110213.931.25-1.0
      T. Rogers2.00000002.920.996.0
      T. Hildenberger1.00000204.141.224.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Duffey2.0
      K. Stewart (W, 1-1)3.1
      T. May0.2
      T. Rogers2.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 63-36, J. Loaisiga 47-26, T. Kahnle 33-23, S. Tarpley 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-3, J. Loaisiga 1-0, T. Kahnle 1-1, S. Tarpley 3-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 16, J. Loaisiga 11, T. Kahnle 8, S. Tarpley 8
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Stewart (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Duffey 29-17, K. Stewart 63-29, T. May 11-8, T. Rogers 20-14, T. Hildenberger 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Duffey 2-2, K. Stewart 6-1, T. Rogers 2-4, T. Hildenberger 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Duffey 7, K. Stewart 15, T. May 3, T. Rogers 6, T. Hildenberger 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. McCutchen RF20100200.250.362.413.7752.0
      A. Hicks CF41000002.246.366.459.8251.0
      M. Andujar 3B41200001.299.333.521.8533.0
      G. Stanton LF21000210.265.340.502.8412.5
      D. Gregorius SS32241100.269.334.489.82314.0
      G. Sanchez DH30010023.187.281.414.6940.0
      L. Voit 1B30000020.295.367.580.9470.0
      A. Romine C30000001.248.302.430.7320.0
      G. Torres 2B30000000.277.347.499.8450.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B42241111.272.343.374.71711.5
        J. Polanco SS51310001.281.335.411.7466.0
        L. Forsythe 2B41000113.237.315.302.6171.5
        R. Grossman LF31100213.264.353.372.7263.5
        J. Cave CF51220012.260.308.470.7786.5
        T. Austin DH41100113.231.293.497.7902.5
        M. Kepler RF41210112.228.322.416.7385.5
        E. Adrianza 3B31100115.250.304.373.6772.5
        W. Astudillo C41110004.273.289.523.8123.0
        Total361013917724-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - D. Gregorius (5)
          • HR - D. Gregorius (23)
          • SF - G. Sanchez (2)
          • RBI - D. Gregorius 4 (79), G. Sanchez (47)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (14), M. Kepler (28)
          • HR - J. Mauer (6)
          • RBI - J. Mauer 4 (43), J. Polanco (30), J. Cave 2 (33), M. Kepler (49), W. Astudillo (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe 2 (2), M. Kepler 2 (2), E. Adrianza 2 (2), W. Astudillo 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. McCutchen (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Cave (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gregorius-Torres-Voit)
          • PB - A. Romine (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer; Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer; Forsythe-Polanco-Mauer)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (L, 10-9)3.04323204.991.51-4.0
          J. Loaisiga1.14663305.061.45-8.5
          T. Kahnle1.24110215.891.58-1.0
          S. Tarpley2.01001007.362.184.0
          Total8.013109771---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (L, 10-9)3.0
          J. Loaisiga1.1
          T. Kahnle1.2
          S. Tarpley2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Duffey2.02110108.571.293.5
          K. Stewart (W, 1-1)3.12335005.471.786.0
          T. May0.21110213.931.25-1.0
          T. Rogers2.00000002.920.996.0
          T. Hildenberger1.00000204.141.224.0
          Total9.0555551---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Duffey2.0
          K. Stewart (W, 1-1)3.1
          T. May0.2
          T. Rogers2.0
          T. Hildenberger1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 63-36, J. Loaisiga 47-26, T. Kahnle 33-23, S. Tarpley 28-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-3, J. Loaisiga 1-0, T. Kahnle 1-1, S. Tarpley 3-3
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 16, J. Loaisiga 11, T. Kahnle 8, S. Tarpley 8
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Stewart (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Duffey 29-17, K. Stewart 63-29, T. May 11-8, T. Rogers 20-14, T. Hildenberger 9-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Duffey 2-2, K. Stewart 6-1, T. Rogers 2-4, T. Hildenberger 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Duffey 7, K. Stewart 15, T. May 3, T. Rogers 6, T. Hildenberger 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Gregorius homered to right, Hicks, Andujar and Stanton scored510
          • 5TH INNING
            Mauer homered to center, Austin, Kepler and Astudillo scored110
            Astudillo singled to right, Cave scored, Austin to third, Kepler to second16
            Kepler walked, Grossman scored, Cave to third, Austin to second15
          • 4TH INNING
            Polanco doubled to right, Adrianza scored14
          • 3RD INNING
            Cave singled to center, Polanco and Forsythe scored13
            Mauer scored, Polanco to third, Forsythe to second on passed ball11
          • 2ND INNING
            Sanchez hit sacrifice fly to left, Gregorius scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to third
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar popped out to shortstop
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Tarpley Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave reached on fielder's choice to second, Grossman out at second
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Austin grounded out to shortstop, Cave to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor May
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Romine flied out to center
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres lined out to left
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen popped out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Stephen Tarpley relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo lined out to right
            • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco lined out to second
            • L. Forsythe: Foul, Ball, Forsythe grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Mauer out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to second, McCutchen out at second
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Andujar singled to right center, Hicks to second
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Hicks to third, Andujar to second
            • Trevor May relieved Kohl Stewart
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Gregorius homered to right, Hicks, Andujar and Stanton scored
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Kahnle Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Kepler doubled to deep right, Grossman to third
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit hit by pitch
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to shortstop, Voit out at second
            • G. Torres: Torres popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Cave singled to shallow right, Grossman to second
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin walked, Grossman to third, Cave to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Grossman scored, Cave to third, Austin to second
            • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Astudillo singled to right, Cave scored, Austin to third, Kepler to second
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Jonathan Loaisiga
            • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer homered to center, Austin, Kepler and Astudillo scored
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to shallow left
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to second, Polanco out at second
            • End of the 5th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar singled to shallow left
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Andujar to second
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked, Andujar to third, Stanton to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second, Gregorius out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jonathan Loaisiga relieved Sonny Gray
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza singled to shallow right center
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to third, Adrianza to second
            • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco doubled to right, Adrianza scored
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Kohl Stewart relieved Tyler Duffey
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Romine grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Torres: Foul, Torres grounded out to second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, McCutchen caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco singled to shallow left, Mauer to second
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked, Mauer to third, Polanco to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer scored, Polanco to third, Forsythe to second on passed ball, Ball, Cave singled to center, Polanco and Forsythe scored
            • T. Austin: Ball, Cave stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Austin flied out to center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gregorius tripled to shallow center
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez hit sacrifice fly to left, Gregorius scored
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Voit grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Grossman lined out to center
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to second
            • T. Austin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Austin singled to shallow center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler singled to shallow left, Austin to third
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked, Kepler to second
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Adrianza out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks flied out to left
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andujar grounded out to second, McCutchen out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco lined out to shortstop
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)