MINNEAPOLIS – Gerrit Cole put his familiar spin on a tenacious win. The New York Yankees usually find their groove in Minnesota, after all.
Cole got back on track with six sharp innings amid the hubbub around grip aids for pitchers, and Giancarlo Stanton hit two of New York's four home runs to fuel a 9-6 victory Wednesday night over the Twins.
“The outside chatter is the outside chatter, and as players we’ve just got to do our best and stay focused on our job,” said Cole, who won for the first time in three starts. He allowed solo homers to Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sanó among five hits without a walk.
Polanco hit a two-run shot in a four-run ninth for the Twins, but Cole and the Yankees were in control from the start.
“That’s what an ace does,” teammate Aaron Judge said. “Nothing really can faze that guy.”
Judge and Miguel Andújar also took Twins starter Randy Dobnak (1-6) deep on a hot and humid night that had the ball jumping off the bat.
Cole (7-3) reserved two of his nine strikeouts for Josh Donaldson, who recently questioned whether the three-time All-Star right-hander and others have unfairly helped their cause with sticky substances on their fingers that cross the lines of even competition.
“He’s a tough customer. I’m not worried about his spin rate. I’m just watching him pitch. He’s a good pitcher,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.