NEW YORK – Curtis Granderson hit three home runs in the first four innings and matched a career high with five hits, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Granderson homered in each of his first three at-bats, driving in four runs, and helped Phil Hughes overcome a four-run first to secure his first victory of the season.

Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the year and the Yankees earned a split of the four-game series. The Twins have not won a series in New York since 2001, a year before Ron Gardenhire took over as their manager.

Granderson got two chances to tie the major league record of four homers in a game. In the sixth, he lined a single to right field.

In the eighth, with much of the remaining crowd standing, he beat out a dribbler down the first-base line. He was then caught stealing.

Granderson homered to right-center in the first inning and hit a soaring, two-run shot into the second deck in right field in the second, both off Anthony Swarzak (0-3).

In the fourth, Granderson hit a line drive to the short right-field porch against Jeff Gray and came out of the dugout for a curtain call. Granderson is the first player to hit three homers in a game this year.

He became the 12th major leaguer to hit three home runs in the first four innings of a game, according to STATS LLC and the SABR Home Run Log. Alfonso Soriano was the last to do it for the Chicago Cubs on June 8, 2007, against Atlanta.

RAYS 9, BLUE JAYS 4: Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer, Desmond Jennings added a solo shot and Tampa Bay ended a 10-game trip with a win. Longoria went 3 for 4 with a season-high four RBI and reached four times as the Rays tagged Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez for a career-high six earned runs.

RANGERS 10, TIGERS 3: Yu Darvish pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Mike Napoli homered for the fourth straight game for the visiting Rangers.

ORIOLES 5, WHITE SOX 3: Jason Hammel struck out 10 and closer Jim Johnson fanned Alex Rios with the bases loaded to preserve the Orioles’ road win.


REDS 6, CARDINALS 3: Bronson Arroyo worked eight strong innings and the Reds broke loose with three home runs to avert a three-game sweep in St. Louis. Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Drew Stubbs homered. The Reds had connected just once in their previous nine games and began the day with a .211 batting average.

DODGERS 4, BREWERS 3: Matt Kemp hit his seventh home run of the season, and the visiting Dodgers got key RBI singles from Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera while third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. made two big late-inning defensive plays.

MARLINS 5, CUBS 3: In Miami, Greg Dobbs slugged a two-run double and the Marlins’ strong bullpen finished off a three-game sweep that sent Chicago to its fifth consecutive setback.

ASTROS 11, NATIONALS 4: The visiting Astros set a franchise record by hitting three triples in a five-run first inning, backing starter Bud Norris with a season-high 17 hits. Norris pitched six innings for the win and helped himself with a two-run single.