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Twins give up 5 runs in sixth inning, fall to Eovaldi, Yankees 7-2

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MINNEAPOLIS — A day filled with stress finally caught up with .

After five innings of pitching out of trouble, Gibson gave up five runs in the sixth as the New York Yankees topped the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Sunday.

Gibson (8-8) had held the Yankees to just one run, coming on 's solo homer leading off the fifth. But he allowed New York's leadoff man to reach four times in six innings, and it all fell apart for him in the sixth, which included three hits and two walks.

"It takes a toll on you when you're constantly battling against jams, even if they're mini-jams," Twins manager said. "The first three innings he got out, but at all times they were threats."

After 's leadoff single in the sixth, Gibson walked on four pitches. He then fell behind 3-0 before eventually walking him to set the stage for New York's big inning.

"I felt good until that sixth inning," Gibson said. "It's unfortunate that I kind of lost it there for three hitters, especially in row. It turned what I felt like was going to be a pretty decent day into a sour day."

The Twins' hitters couldn't do much with (10-2), who had only five strikeouts but looked dominant nonetheless. He easily topped 90 mph in the later innings and induced Twins batters into harmless grounders and popups in reaching double-digit wins for the first time.

hit a two-run homer off Twins reliever in the sixth.

After being outscored 15-1 in the first 12 innings of the three-game series, the Yankees returned the favor by outscoring the Twins 15-2 over the final 15. The Twins looked flat on Sunday after allowing the Yankees to come back from a 5-0 deficit to win it in the ninth the night before.

"We knew they were playing well when they came in," Molitor said. "You get the first game and you get a little greedy. We let one slip away yesterday, and sometimes those things carry over somewhat. So you take your medicine, you lose the series and you move on."

NO HALL FOR MOLITOR:

Molitor missed Sunday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown for only the second time since he was inducted in 2004. The other year he missed was 2013, when no players were inducted. Molitor said he never considered asking management to attend the ceremony, although GM Terry Ryan told reporters he would've been receptive.

"We'll survive, but you'd like to have your manager here if you can," Ryan said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: DH got a day off after hitting three homers Saturday night. Manager said he had been planning to give Rodriguez a day off either in Minnesota or Texas.

Twins: Ryan said RHP (shoulder) should be able to start throwing soon. "He's healthy now, got no pain and now he can move to the next step, which is picking up a ball. ... It'll be a while for him, but we can at least start the process now."

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP (2-3) tries for a second consecutive win after snapping a three-game skid last week against Baltimore, when New York opens a four-game set in Texas. Nova is 2-0 in two career games against the Rangers. LHP (1-1) starts for Texas.

Twins: Monday is an off day before a two-game interleague series against Pittsburgh. (5-7) makes his eighth career start against the Pirates (3-2, 4.33 ERA), who send RHP (6-4) to the mound.

PHOTO: New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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