MINNEAPOLIS The New York Yankees won for the 13th time in their last 15 games by defeating the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Thursday to sweep the season series.
New York (51-34) moved within a half-game of front-running Boston in the American League East. The Red Sox (51-33) were hosting the Kansas City Royals later on Thursday.
The Yankees scored three runs on just one hit in the second, before adding two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Cody Ransom and Brett Gardner.
New York first baseman Mark Teixeira went deep in the fifth, his 21st homer of the season but his first in 23 games.
Right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo (4-1) got the win in relief for the Yankees while Twins starter, southpaw Francisco Liriano (4-9) took the loss.
Jason Kubel belted his 14th homer for the Twins, who had only six hits off six New York pitchers. Minnesota managed only two hits and no runs over the final 5/2-3 innings.
New York won all seven games against the Twins (43-43), the first time since 2003 they had swept the season series.
(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Ken Ferris)