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Joe Ryan fans 5 in 7 strong innings, Carlos Correa slugs 2-run HR as Twins beat Athletics 6-2

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Joe Ryan fans 5 in 7 strong innings, Carlos Correa slugs 2-run HR as Twins beat Athletics 6-2
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Joe Ryan fans 5 in 7 strong innings, Carlos Correa slugs 2-run HR as Twins beat Athletics 6-2

2024-06-14 11:19 Last Updated At:11:21

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Ryan struck out five in seven strong innings and Carlos Correa had a two-run homer among his three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday night.

One day after the Twins had a season-high 24 hits against the Rockies, Minnesota banged out 13 hits — 12 singles and Correa's homer in the seventh inning.

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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina stands on the mound during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Ryan struck out five in seven strong innings and Carlos Correa had a two-run homer among his three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday night.

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates with Shea Langeliers (23) after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates with Shea Langeliers (23) after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Willi Castro reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Willi Castro reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa gestures while crossing home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa gestures while crossing home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Byron Buxton had three hits and drove in two runs, and Royce Lewis and Austin Martin had two hits apiece as the Twins won for the fourth time in five games.

Ryan (5-5) worked seven innings for the fourth time in five starts and lowered his ERA to 3.24. The 28-year-old right-hander gave up three hits and one walk.

“That’s the focus,” Ryan said about working deeper into games. “I just go into each game looking for a quality start whatever that means, whatever that looks like, I guess.”

Tyler Soderstrom homered for the third time in four games for the A’s, who lost their sixth straight. Luis Medina (0-2) gave up four runs in five innings in his third start of the season for Oakland.

Correa, who went 5 for 6 on Wednesday, singled in his first two at-bats. Then, with Lewis on base and two out in the seventh, he launched a hanging breaking ball from reliever Sean Newcomb 394 feet, into the second deck in left field.

When Correa returned to the dugout he donned a purple vest and grabbed an inflatable purple guitar in honor of Minneapolis music icon Prince, whose legacy was being celebrated at Prince Day at the ballpark

“I’m like, ‘This is creative. I love this,'” Correa said of his reaction to seeing the vest before the game. “I was like, ‘I want to hit a home run so bad!’ It happened in the last at-bat, but it happened. It’s a great idea. I loved it.”

Correa has 14 hits in his last five games, raising his batting average from .255 to .299.

“He’s putting on a show right now. It’s impressive,” said Lewis, who is 11 for 32 with four home runs since he returned June 3 after missing two months with a strained quad.

Injuries have prevented Buxton, Correa and Lewis from playing together. But, with the trio now healthy, manager Rocco Baldelli hopes the recent offensive surge is a sign of things to come.

“It’s a very dynamic trio of guys,” Baldelli said. “Having them all feeling great, playing great at the same time – this is what happens. They play like this and all of a sudden we’re putting runs on the board, we’re making a lot of different things happen.”

Soderstrom opened the scoring with a two-run, 431-foot homer to center field in the second inning.

Buxton’s two-run single in the bottom of the inning tied it for the Twins.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Soderstrom and second baseman Zack Gelof collided while chasing a foul popup by Ryan Jeffers in the second inning. Gelof made the catch as his forearm crashed into Soderstrom’s jaw and neck. Soderstrom remained on the ground for a few minutes but stayed in the game after being checked by team trainers.

UP NEXT

The A’s will send RHP Mitch Spence (4-3, 3.68) to the mound for the second game of the series on Friday. Spence has made five starts since joining the rotation in mid-May. He’s coming off his best outing of the season in which he allowed two runs in seven innings against the Blue Jays on June 9. He’ll face Twins RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (2-1, 2.84), who allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina stands on the mound during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina stands on the mound during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates with Shea Langeliers (23) after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates with Shea Langeliers (23) after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Willi Castro reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Willi Castro reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Luis Medina winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa gestures while crossing home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa gestures while crossing home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Argentina won its second straight Copa America championship, overcoming Lionel Messi’s second-half leg injury to beat Colombia 1-0 Sunday night on Lautaro Martínez’s 112th-minute goal.

Messi appeared to sustain a non-contact injury while running and falling in the 64th minute and covered his face with his hands when he sat on the bench. Martínez later ran to that bench to hug his captain after the goal that propelled Argentina to its record 16th Copa title.

In a match that started 1 hour, 20 minutes late because of crowd trouble at Hard Rock Stadium, Argentina won its third straight major title following the 2021 Copa America and 2022 World Cup and matched Spain, which won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships around the 2010 World Cup.

Argentina also stopped Colombia’s 28-game unbeaten streak dating to a February 2022 loss to the Albiceleste.

Martínez entered in the 97th minute and scored from Giovani Lo Celso’s perfect through pass. Just inside the penalty area, to Martínez sent a right-foot shot through the upraised arms of sliding goalkeeper Camilo Vargas for his 29th international goal, his tournament-high fifth.

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Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez embraces Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez embraces Lionel Messi after scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria, left, greets teammate Nicolás Gonzalez as he leaves the field during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Angel Di Maria, left, greets teammate Nicolás Gonzalez as he leaves the field during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia with teammates during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia with teammates during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks off injured during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks off injured during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi touches his ankle sitting at the bench during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi touches his ankle sitting at the bench during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, sits on the bench after being substituted due to an injury during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, sits on the bench after being substituted due to an injury during the Copa America final soccer match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the bench with an ice pack on his ankle during a Copa America soccer final match against Colombia in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez scores his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Argentina's Lautaro Martínez scores his side's first goal against Colombia during the Copa America final soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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