NEW YORK -- Rookie Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the third and the Minnesota Twins capitalized on shoddy defense by the New York Yankees in a 10-4 Twins victory Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Justin Morneau, Jamey Carroll and Pedro Florimon added RBI singles for the Twins, who won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox June 18-20. Brian Dozier contributed an RBI double for Minnesota, which won in New York for the ninth time in 40 games since 2002.
The Twins scored double-digit runs for the third time this season and scored two runs when Dozier and Joe Mauer scored on a fielding error by New York first baseman Lyle Overbay in the fourth. Minnesota scored its final run on a passed ball in the ninth.
Twins rookie Kyle Gibson (2-2) performed decently in his fourth career start, allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits in five-plus innings. He worked around four walks, struck out one and let his defense impact the game.
In the first inning, Gibson retired Robinson Cano on a fly ball to medium range right field. Ryan Doumit easily completed the double play as New York rookie Zoilo Almonte was past second when the ball was caught.
Two innings later, Vernon Wells lifted a fly ball a little further out in left field. Almonte tagged up at third and Clete Thomas made a strong throw to Mauer, who easily applied the tag to get Almonte.
By then Minnesota had a 5-0 edge, aided by getting extra outs on one play that was a hit and another that was an error.
With one out in the third, Morneau hit a pop up that Cano had to go a long way to catch. As he tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch, the ball popped out of his glove and Morneau had a double.
Two batters later, Trevor Plouffe hit a ground ball to shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Nunez fielded the ball but made a high throw, and the inning continued. On the next pitch, Hicks drove a changeup from New York starter CC Sabathia (9-8) into the left field seats for his eighth home run.
That gave the Twins a five-run lead after Florimon had hit a two-run single in the second inning.
Sabathia had his second-shortest start not impacted by a rain delay as a Yankee, allowing eight runs (three earned) and eight hits in four innings. He threw 93 pitches to 23 batters and was handed his first loss to Minnesota in nearly six years.
Ichiro Suzuki homered and Robinson Cano had an RBI single for the Yankee, who lost for the fifth time in 14 games. New York's other runs came on RBI groundouts in the fourth. .
NOTES: 3B Alex Rodriguez started at DH in his final rehab game for Class A Tampa and went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Rodriguez is 3-for-21 in his rehab, and the Yankees said that he will continue his rehab with Class AA Trenton on Monday. "The reports have been OK," manager Joe Girardi said. "Physically, he's doing OK. You just keep rehabbing and trying to lengthen him out, play him a couple of days in a row and see what we have after the 20 days. ... Both teams announced their rotations for the first series after the All-Star break. Minnesota will begin the second half against Cleveland with RHPs Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia and LHP Scott Diamond. New York will start the second half in Boston with LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Hiroki Kuroda and LHP CC Sabathia. .... Minnesota rookie OF Oswaldo Arcia had a second straight day off despite a .269 average against left-handed pitching. Arcia had four strikeouts Friday, has 15 strikeouts in his last 17 at-bats and three hits in his last 32 at-bats.