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Doumit & Deduno Pair Up in Twins Win Over Yanks


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The Minnesota Twins scoured for a rare road victory, and found success in the unlikely duo of catcher Ryan Doumit and starting pitcher Samuel Deduno for a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees in a Saturday matinee.

Doumit swung at what would become the game-winning hit, a solo-shot home run [HR 9] into right-field off Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead for just their second win in the month of July.

“It’s a big sigh of relief,” Doumit said. “This has been a tough road trip, no doubt.”

With Deduno on the mound, the Yankees’ bats fell impotent, as the Twins’ left-hander snapped a two-game losing streak to pick up his fifth win on the season [5-4], holding the Pinstripes to one earned run off six hits in a season-tying seven innings pitched.

“Everything was around the plate and everything was working today,” Deduno said.

More offense arrived via the long-ball for the Twins in the bottom of the eighth when shortstop Pedro Florimon bashed his fifth homer of the year off Hughes into the right-field stands for a 4-1 Minnesota advantage.

All five of Florimon’s home runs this year have come against lefties.

Despite matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts, Hughes [4-9], a fly-ball pitcher, did not fare well. Having only allowed three home runs in his past six starts combined, Hughes tied his season-high with three home runs surrendered in a single outing, including one by Trevor Plouffe [10th on the year] back in the top of the second inning that tied the game at 1-1.

“I thought it was some of the better stuff he’s had all year,” Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi said. “I think he [Hughes] threw the ball exceptionally well except for a few mistakes.”

“It’s frustrating,” Hughes said. “I’ve felt good with my stuff over the last three or four starts. There’s just one or two mistakes that I have to stay away from. I have a straight fastball, a four-seamer, that when I miss over the plate with it, it leads to fly balls. I just have to concentrate on location, and it comes down to execution.”

The Yankees scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning after a double by Ichiro Suzuki was met by an RBI-single up the middle by second baseman Robinson Cano scoring Suzuki from second base for a 1-0 Bombers lead.

Twins’ closer Glen Perkins picked up his 21st save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning to successfully convert on 33 of his last 36 save opportunities.

Suzuki, the only Yankees’ batter with a multi-hit game [2-for-4] played in his 1,999th Major League Baseball game.

“That’s a single at Target Field. It might be an L-9,” Doumit said, referring to Plouffe’s home run at short porch in right-field at Yankee Stadium “This is a great place to hit.”

Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer finished with two hits in the win, including his 29th double of the season in the fourth inning, helping him surpass the quartet of Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, Kirby Puckett and Matt Lawton for second place in Senators/Twins history for doubles prior to the All-Star break behind Chuck Knoblauch’s 37 back in 1994.

Mauer now has 112 total hits in 2013, a career-best before All-Star weekend.

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