Nolasco records first win in six starts as Twins beat Yankees

NEW YORK – The Minnesota Twins are waiting for Oswaldo Arcia to consistently have games like the one he delivered Friday.

Arcia homered and threw out a runner at home plate, Ricky Nolasco pitched six solid innings for his first win in more than a month and the Twins beat the New York Yankees 6-1.

“We really have hopes for this guy. We like him an awful lot,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said of Arcia. “You saw that tonight, what he can do.”

Kurt Suzuki singled twice and drove in a run for the Twins, raising the Baldwin High School graduate’s batting average this season to .297.

Nolasco (3-5) gave up one run despite throwing just 59 of 107 pitches for strikes, and earned his first win since April 24, a span of six starts.

“A hard six innings,” Gardenhire said. “It’s never easy against these guys.”

Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe also hit home runs for Minnesota, giving the club 42 this season, more than just three other American League teams.

“That’s a big difference for us, two guys in the middle of our order,” Plouffe said of Willingham and Arcia, who both rejoined the Twins on Monday.

Willingham had been sidelined after breaking his left wrist on April 6. Arcia strained his right wrist two days earlier, then spent time in the minor leagues.

Arcia has at least one hit in all five games since his return.

Vidal Nuno (1-2) permitted four runs in 6 2/3 innings, ending a streak of 14 consecutive games in which Yankees starters allowed three earned runs or fewer. Nuno retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced and struck out seven.

“His stuff was pretty decent,” said New York manager Joe Girardi. “But when he made a mistake, they hit it out of the park.”

Twins center fielder Danny Santana left in the third inning when he was cut on the left eyelid by his own bouncing batting helmet on a stolen base. Santana’s helmet flew off as he was sliding headfirst into third, and it hit the dirt and caromed up. He got seven stitches and said he probably won’t be able to play until the swelling around his eye goes down.