Athletics falter late to Twins, suffer double-header sweep

Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 AM | Updated: Jul 3, 2024, 5:29 am

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - JUNE 16: Members of the Oakland Athletics watch the game while the Minneso...

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Jose Miranda hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the host Minnesota Twins held on for an 8-7 win over the Oakland Athletics to sweep a doubleheader on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Trevor Larnach and Royce Lewis also homered for the Twins, who completed a four-game series sweep and won their fifth straight game overall. Austin Martin and Carlos Correa added one RBI apiece.

Tyler Soderstrom went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for Oakland, which lost its ninth game in a row. JJ Bleday went 4-for-5 with a solo home run.

Athletics vs. Twins Recap

Twins right-hander Josh Staumont (1-0) earned the win in relief. It marked his first victory since Aug. 10, 2022, when he was with the Kansas City Royals.

Athletics right-hander Dany Jimenez (1-2) took the loss out of the bullpen.

Twins right-hander Griffin Jax pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save.

The Twins grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first. Lewis, who also homered in the 6-2 win to open the split twin bill, smacked two-run shot in the nightcap.

The Athletics answered with three runs in the second. A fielding error by Martin in center field allowed a pair of runs to score, and Zack Gelof drove in another run with a two-out double.

Larnach put the Twins on top 5-3 with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second. The shot marked Larnach’s seventh homer and his first since June 2.

Oakland pulled even at 5-5 thanks to a pair of solo blasts in the third. Bleday led off the inning with a homer to right-center field, and Soderstrom followed two batters later with a homer to center.

Martin tried to make up for his defensive miscue with an RBI double in the bottom of the third to give the Twins a 6-5 edge.

In the sixth, Correa ripped an RBI single to increase Minnesota’s lead to 7-5.

The Athletics battled back once again. Soderstrom and Shea Langeliers hit back-to-back RBI singles to even the score at 7-7 in the seventh.

–Field Level Media

Upcoming schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Tuesday, June 18th-Thursday, June 20th – vs. Kansas City Royals
  • Friday, June 21st-Sunday, June 23rd – vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Monday, June 24th-Wednesday, June 26th – @ Los Angeles Angels
  • Friday, June 28th-Sunday, June 30th – @ Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Tuesday, July 2nd-Thursday, July 4th – vs. Los Angeles Angels

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