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Twins end series in Oakland on fire, winning 14-4

OAKLAND, Calif. — While defending the Twins’ demotion of Royce Lewis to the minors on Wednesday, Rocco Baldelli felt the need to issue a timely recall.

“Well, we get Carlos Correa back,” the manager pointed out.

Boy, were they ever.

Correa came off the injured list with a single, a double and a walk, scoring twice and driving in a run as the Twins beat the Athletics, 14-4. Taking two of three to open a week-long road trip, Minnesota won a three-game series at Oakland Coliseum for the first time since 2010.

It hasn’t been that long since Sonny Gray won a game at the stadium where he spent the first five seasons of his career, but four years, 10 months is that long. Gray took a few innings to get comfortable, and twice he allowed a two-out extra hit — Ramon Laureano’s first-inning double and Seth Brown’s third-inning triple — which went awry. is transformed into a race with a simple follow-up.

But Gray struck out the last seven batters he faced in his six-inning, two-run stint to earn his first win as a Twin.

He got a lot of help from the offense behind him, of course, a formation that contributed at least one hit from every starter except…well, except Byron Buxton, their most dangerous hitter. The Twins, limited to just 12 points in their first five meetings with Oakland, surpassed that total only Wednesday with a first three-pointer, another third and two fourth, and a five-point explosion in the sixth. inning that was taking so long, Gray threw half a dozen pitches into the bullpen just to stay loose.

They capped the victory with three runs in the ninth, Gilberto Celestino leading two while striking for Correa.

The Twins had 14 hits and 10 walks on the day, but oddly didn’t hit a home run for the first time in six games. In addition to Correa, the Twins were powered by Gary Sanchez, who made three runs with a double and a loaded two-base single, breaking his streak of extra hits without a single to seven in a row. Luis Arraez had three hits, including two RBI doubles.

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