Oakland, Calif. ( Associated Press) – Carlos Correa scored 2 for 4 with an RBI double on his return from a stint on the injured list with a middle finger injury on his right hand, and the Minnesota Twins set a season high for runs on Wednesday . In the 14-4 round of the Oakland Athletics.
Korea was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after missing 11 games after the two-time All-Star suffered an injury when he hit the pitch while catching the bat during a swing.
Gary Sanchez scored 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Luis Arrez, Ryan Jeffers and Gilberto Celestino scored two runs each.
Gio Ursella, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler and Nick Gordon also had RBIs for the Twins, who won their first series since 2011 at Oakland, ending a nine-series losing streak. Minnesota took two out of three A’s in a series that drew just 13,884, including 7,106 for the afternoon finale.
Seth Brown and Christian Bethancourt had RBI singles for A, having lost 15 of their 21 total in 11 of their last 13 home games. Tony Kemp and Luis Barrera also scored a run.
Sonny Gray (1-1) limited Oakland to two runs in six innings, securing their first career win against their former team. Gray was drafted by the Athletics and spent his first five seasons at Oakland from 2013–17.
AK starter Dalton Jefferies (1–7) allowed six earned runs in four innings for his seventh consecutive loss, the first Oakland pitcher to lose seven in a row since Bringing Kingman in 1980.
Every Twins starter scored at least one run except Byron Buxton. Minnesota scored 10 for 17, with the runners in the scoring position, recording nine two-out RBIs.
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Oakland outfielder Chad Pinder made his first career pitching performance in the ninth inning, allowing three runs, two hits and two walks.
A failed to homer in a defeat, marking his 26th straight game with a home run or less, the fourth-longest streak in Oakland history. It is the longest multi-homer drought since a record 32 games in 2011.
The Twins: RHP Bailey Ober, with a right groin strain on 10-day IL starting April 29, is expected to start a game in Kansas City this weekend.
Athletics: LHP Cole Irwin (pain in left shoulder) will make his next debut for the A, although a date has not been set. Irvine began rehab for Class-A Stockton on Tuesday, scoring one run in five innings. … INF Sheldon Neuz returned to the lineup after missing three games with a groin tightness. He served as the designated hitter and went 0 for 4.
Twins: Royce Lewis, top prospect for Triple-A St. Paul was selected to make room for Korea on the active roster. Lewis scored .308 runs in 11 games with two home runs, four doubles and five RBIs.
Athletics: Selected LHP Zach Log for Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled SS Nick Allen.
The Twins: LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will make his second start of the season on Friday as Minnesota opens the three-game series in Kansas City. LHP Daniel Lynch (2-2, 3.30) started for the Royals.
Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.67) opened the three-match road series against the Angels on Friday. Los Angeles face RHP Chase Silseth (1-0, 0.00), who blanked the A for six innings in his major league debut last Friday.
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