The Yanks had 14 hits turn into nine runs in a 9-7 victory, claiming three wins in this four-game series.
New York’s 14 hits were their most since a May 21 win against the Chicago Cubs.
Hot start: In his first game back from a sore left foot, Brian McCann drilled Nolasco's first pitch in his first-inning at-bat deep into center field over Sam Fuld for an RBI double, scoring Derek Jeter and putting the Yankees up 2-0. Mark Teixeira was thrown out at home on the play.
With just three hits in his 17 July at-bats entering Sunday, Jacoby Ellsbury blasted a 406-foot home run off Nolasco into the right-field stands at Target Field to score Ichiro Suzuki and Kelly Johnson and give New York a 6-0 lead in the second inning.
The Yankees jumped out to a 9-0 lead before letting the Twins crawl back into the game with seven consecutive runs across the final six innings.
No, Nolasco: The Twins gave Nolasco a four-year, $49 million deal this offseason to bring some ammunition to their starting rotation. On Sunday, he allowed first-inning runs for the fifth time in his past six starts, starting when Mark Teixeira singled to center and scored Brett Gardner. Nolasco lasted just two innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and one walk. It was the second short start for a Twin against the Yankees in three games -- Kyle Gibson pitched just two innings in New York’s 6-5 win on Friday.
Nolasco (5-7) is earning $12 million this year and has a 5.90 ERA, the worst mark in Minnesota's current starting rotation.
Rough fourth: After David Phelps gave up just one earned run in seven innings in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Twins, Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda didn’t allow a hit until Chris Colabello's double in the third inning on Sunday. Things came undone for Kuroda in the fourth inning, as he allowed four earned runs on five hits, including a home run, and a walk. He also committed an error on a throw to first base, which allowed Oswaldo Arcia to get a hit before he was thrown out at second base.
Kuroda (6-6) got back on track by retiring three straight batters in the fifth inning. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out three.
Balked up: The Twins’ pitching struggles continued even after Nolasco left the mound, as Anthony Swarzak was called for a balk with runners at the corners. Ellsbury scored and Teixeira advanced to second on the play, giving the Yankees a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Kell-E: Johnson got the start at third base for the Yankees on Sunday, and he allowed Josh Willingham to reach first base in the second inning after he muffed a ground ball. It was Johnson’s ninth error on the season, and his fifth at third base.
New York recently demoted third baseman Yangervis Solarte, who had eight errors on the season.
Captain’s finale in Minnesota: In his final career game in Minnesota (besides a probable appearance in the All-Star Game), Jeter went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. The crowd gave him a standing ovation in his last at-bat in the ninth inning, in which he notched career hit No. 3,400. The Twins store at Target Field also sold Jeter T-shirts, with his number inscribed over a baseball with the moniker "Captain" at the bottom.
Up next: The Yankees recalled right-hander Shane Greene, who will start on Monday in Cleveland in place of Vidal Nuno -- Nuno was traded to the Diamondbacks on Sunday for Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy told reporters in Atlanta that he’ll start Wednesday for the Yankees.
Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.16 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians.