Phil Hughes turned in a second straight strong outing and received some much-needed offensive support in the New York Yankees' 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Hughes (4-7) stopped a three-start losing skid, during which the Yankees totaled a combined two runs, by yielding just one run on six hits over seven sharp innings. The effort came five days after the right-hander tossed eight frames of two-run ball in a hard-luck 2-0 defeat to Texas.
He got plenty of help in this one, with Robinson Cano homering for a third consecutive game as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI night and Alberto Gonzalez also collecting two hits and driving in three runs.
David Adams added a pair of hits and two runs scored and Ichiro Suzuki went 2- for-4 with an RBI single to contribute to New York's second straight victory after entering this four-game series having lost five in a row.
Brian Dozier had a two-run double in the ninth inning for Minnesota and Joe Mauer delivered an RBI single in the loss, the Twins' sixth in eight tilts.
Samuel Deduno (4-3) worked six innings for Minnesota and was reached for three runs on five hits.