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Miranda hits home run in 8th as Twins win 8-7 to take doubleheader from A's for four-game sweep

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Miranda hits home run in 8th as Twins win 8-7 to take doubleheader from A's for four-game sweep
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Miranda hits home run in 8th as Twins win 8-7 to take doubleheader from A's for four-game sweep

2024-06-17 11:38 Last Updated At:11:40

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Miranda hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 Sunday night to take both games of a split doubleheader and finish a sweep of the four-game series.

Willi Castro had three hits, and Carlos Correa and Austin Martin each had two for the Twins. Minnesota has won five straight and seven of eight.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Miranda hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 Sunday night to take both games of a split doubleheader and finish a sweep of the four-game series.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Joey Estes delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Joey Estes delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday, right, celebrates after his solo home run with third base coach Eric Martins during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday, right, celebrates after his solo home run with third base coach Eric Martins during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Trevor Larnach hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Trevor Larnach hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis celebrates his two-run home run as he advances toward home plate during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis celebrates his two-run home run as he advances toward home plate during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Santana is congratulated after scoring on an RBI double hit by Austin Martin during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Santana is congratulated after scoring on an RBI double hit by Austin Martin during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis catches a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis catches a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis, left, advances toward home on a single hit by Carlos Correa during the sixth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. Lewis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis, left, advances toward home on a single hit by Carlos Correa during the sixth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. Lewis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom is tagged out by Minnesota Twins second baseman Kyle Farmer after hitting a line drive to left fielder Willi Castro, not pictured, during the fourth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom is tagged out by Minnesota Twins second baseman Kyle Farmer after hitting a line drive to left fielder Willi Castro, not pictured, during the fourth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis advances toward third base in celebration after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis advances toward third base in celebration after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Max Schuemann reacts after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Max Schuemann reacts after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa hits a homer during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa hits a homer during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis shouts a Father's Day message after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis shouts a Father's Day message after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

“It was a great day,” said Royce Lewis, who homered in both games.

With one out in the eighth, Miranda crushed a first-pitch slider from Dany Jiménez (1-2) 427 feet to the second deck in left field, Minnesota’s third home run of the night. Lewis and Trevor Larnach also went deep.

Miranda replaced Larnach as the designated hitter in the sixth.

“Any time I’m not in the game I’m always getting prepared in the cage. I know the pitchers that can come in and I’ve got to be ready,” he said.

JJ Bleday had a career-high four hits and Tyler Soderstrom had three hits including a home run, but Oakland lost for the ninth straight time, including all seven games of a road trip that began in San Diego. Pitching coach Scott Emerson was ejected in the sixth inning.

“This offense, when we hit homers, we usually win. We just didn’t have the pitching to get it done,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “We swung the bats better on the road than we did the last homestand, but we didn’t come away with any wins.”

Lewis has seven home runs in his first 12 games of the season, something never done in Twins history.

“It’s more than I’ve ever seen,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It’s not fluky, he’s really very talented, he’s got a very good swing that stays on plane. He can hit fastballs, he can hit breaking balls, he always has a chance to do something. There’s a dangerous nature about him at the plate. When he’s on your side, you can’t help but smile when he’s doing it.”

After recording the final out of the seventh inning, Josh Staumont (1-0) struck out the side in the eighth. Griffin Jax pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Correa has had multiple hits in eight of his last 11 games, including two home runs as part of a three-hit game when Minnesota won the opener 6-2. Lewis and Carlos Santana also homered.

Called up to be Minnesota’s 27th player for the doubleheader, Louie Varland threw 4 1/3 mostly solid innings, but gave up four straight singles in the seventh, the last two RBIs by Soderstrom and Shea Langeliers to tie the score at 7-all.

Oakland starter Joey Estes allowed eight hits and six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Minnesota starter Chris Paddack lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and five hits. Each gave up two home runs.

NICE GRAB

Martin reached over the wall to rob Langeliers of a home run in the second.

“Hell yeah, I was surprised!” he said. “I felt it go in my glove, but my whole arm kind of went over, so I didn’t know what I would be bringing back. I didn’t expect to bring back a baseball, so when I looked and I had it, I was like, ‘Dang, that’s not bad.’”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Starting RHP Ross Stripling, out since May 25 with a strained right elbow, has begun to throw from 105 feet. Kotsay has no timetable for him throwing a bullpen session or off a mound.

Twins: RF Max Kepler returned to the lineup in the night game. He sat out the first game after being hit above the elbow by a 99-mph pitch Friday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Hogan Harris (0-0, 2.49) is scheduled to start on Tuesday at home against Kansas City. The Royals plan to start RHP Alec Marsh (5-3, 3.63).

Twins: RHP Pablo López (6-6, 5.33) will start at home on Tuesday against Rays’ RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.20) to open a three-game series.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Joey Estes delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Joey Estes delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday, right, celebrates after his solo home run with third base coach Eric Martins during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday, right, celebrates after his solo home run with third base coach Eric Martins during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Trevor Larnach hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Trevor Larnach hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis celebrates his two-run home run as he advances toward home plate during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis celebrates his two-run home run as he advances toward home plate during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Santana is congratulated after scoring on an RBI double hit by Austin Martin during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Santana is congratulated after scoring on an RBI double hit by Austin Martin during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis catches a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis catches a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis, left, advances toward home on a single hit by Carlos Correa during the sixth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. Lewis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis, left, advances toward home on a single hit by Carlos Correa during the sixth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. Lewis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom is tagged out by Minnesota Twins second baseman Kyle Farmer after hitting a line drive to left fielder Willi Castro, not pictured, during the fourth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom is tagged out by Minnesota Twins second baseman Kyle Farmer after hitting a line drive to left fielder Willi Castro, not pictured, during the fourth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober throws during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis advances toward third base in celebration after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis advances toward third base in celebration after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Max Schuemann reacts after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Oakland Athletics' Max Schuemann reacts after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of game one of a double header baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa hits a homer during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa hits a homer during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins Carlos Correa high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis shouts a Father's Day message after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Royce Lewis shouts a Father's Day message after hitting a home run during the first inning of game one of a double header baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Court officials said closing arguments began Friday in the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who faces charges of spying that he, the Journal and the U.S. government have vehemently denied.

U.S. officials and The Wall Street Journal have denounced the trial that began last month as a sham and illegitimate.

Gershkovich, 32, has remained in custody since his arrest in March 2023 while on a reporting trip to the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg. He is the first Western journalist arrested on espionage charges in post-Soviet Russia.

Gershkovich’s arrest shocked foreign journalists in Russia, even though the country has enacted increasingly repressive laws on freedom of speech after sending troops into Ukraine.

FILE - Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Court officials say closing arguments in the espionage trial of U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich will be held Friday, July 19, 2024, as the proceedings picked up speed in a case that has seen the reporter held in pre-trial custody for over a year. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Court officials say closing arguments in the espionage trial of U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich will be held Friday, July 19, 2024, as the proceedings picked up speed in a case that has seen the reporter held in pre-trial custody for over a year. (AP Photo, File)

The Lady Justice statue is seen through a traffic light atop of the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia Friday, July 19, 2024, ahead of the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Lady Justice statue is seen through a traffic light atop of the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia Friday, July 19, 2024, ahead of the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

People walk past the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, July 19, 2024, prior to the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

People walk past the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, July 19, 2024, prior to the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

A Russian Federal Bailiffs Service employee patrols around the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Friday, July 19, 2024, ahead of the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

A Russian Federal Bailiffs Service employee patrols around the court building with the words reading, "Palace of justice," on the front in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Friday, July 19, 2024, ahead of the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich's suspected spying activities. Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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