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Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Ramon Ortiz dominated for eight innings, and his Minnesota Twins teammates revived their bats against Kyle Farnsworth in a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

Alex Rodriguez’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly was the only damage against Ortiz (2-0), who allowed three hits and one walk before yielding to Joe Nathan for the ninth. New York starter Mike Mussina strained his left hamstring and departed in the third inning.

After watching Sidney Ponson, Boof Bonser and various relievers get roughed up in consecutive defeats to the Yankees, Ortiz retired his first nine batters.

A late free-agent addition who commanded a mere $3.1 million for one season, Ortiz has allowed three runs and eight hits in 15 innings.

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His performance was more than welcomed, as Minnesota was without relievers Jesse Crain (sore shoulder) and Juan Rincon (family death).

Reliever Sean Henn pitched well for 31⁄3 innings until Michael Cuddyer tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single.

Farnsworth (0-1) got only one out in the eighth inning, which began with a walk to Luis Castillo. Singles by Joe Mauer and Cuddyer and doubles by Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter drove in runs to break open the game.

After singles by Luis Rodriguez and Alexi Casilla to begin the third, Mussina went to a 2-1 count on Castillo then had to exit.

The Twins, who scored only six times in their previous four games, got so desperate for a run after Punto led off the sixth with a double against Henn that Mauer, the reigning AL batting champion, dropped down the first sacrifice bunt of his professional career. Cuddyer tied the game with a single that scored Punto.

• The Twins recalled left-hander Glen Perkins Wednesday from Triple-A Rochester and optioned catcher Chris Heintz to Rochester.

TWINS 5, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK MINNESOTA

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Damon cf 4 1 2 0 LCstillo 2b 3 1 0 0

Jeter ss 3 0 1 0 Punto 3b 3 1 1 0

BAbreu rf 4 0 0 0 Mauer c 3 1 1 1

ARod 3b 3 0 1 1 Cddyer rf 4 1 2 2

Giambi dh 4 0 0 0 Mrneau 1b 4 1 1 1

Posada c 4 0 1 0 THnter cf 4 0 2 1

Cano 2b 3 0 0 0 Kubel lf 4 0 1 0

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Mntkw 1b 3 0 0 0 LRdrgz dh 4 0 2 0

MeCbr lf 3 0 0 0 Casilla ss 3 0 1 0

Totals 31 1 5 1 Totals 32 5 11 5

New York 000 100 000 — 1

Minnesota 000 001 04x — 5

DP — New York 2. LOB — New York 5, Minnesota 6. 2B — ARodriguez (4), Punto (3), Morneau (1), THunter 2 (5). SB — Damon (2), LCastillo (2). S — Mauer. SF — ARodriguez.

IP H R ER BB SO

New York

Mussina 2 3 0 0 1 0

Henn 31⁄3 3 1 1 0 1

Proctor 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0

LVizcaino 1 0 0 0 0 0

Frnswr L,0-1 1⁄3 4 4 4 1 1

MMyers 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

ROrtiz W,2-0 8 3 1 1 1 4

Nathan 1 2 0 0 0 0

Mussina pitched to 2 batters in the 3rd.

Umpires — Home, Charlie Reliford; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Tony Randazzo.

T — 2:36. A — 30,131 (46,564).

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