AL Playoff Watch: Yankees lose series finale against Twins, White Sox crush A's

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning and starter Sonny Gray allowed 2 runs over 6 solid innings of work as the Minnesota Twins defeated the New York Yankees 4-3.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carlos Correa responded to booing Yankees fans with a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep.

Correa's two-out drive off former Fordham pitcher Greg Weissert followed an unsuccessful video review called by the Yankees after what New York thought should have been the third out. The Yankees maintained Wandy Peralta (2-4) got to first in time on the flip from first baseman Marwin Gonzalez on Jake Cave's grounder, but replays showed Peralta trapped the ball with his glove against his body.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone bounded from the dugout to argue with crew chief Larry Vanover and threw his hands up in frustration before leaving the field.

``I think he's out and we've got to live with the (call) stands, so that's just how the system goes,'' Boone said.

One out later, Correa connected on a 1-2 slider for his 18th homer, his second in two days. It gave Minnesota a 4-2 lead and he pounded his chest in the direction of his dugout while rounding third base.

``There's extra motivation when you play on such a big stage like Yankee Stadium and you're the villain,'' said Correa, a New York fan target for his role in the Houston Astros' cheating scandal. ``The fans, they're in the game every single moment and there's a little more adrenaline, a little more focus, a little more hunger to just win games.''

Since the start of 2017, the Twins are just 2-16 in regular season games at Yankee Stadium.

``It's a challenging place to play,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ``The environment is challenging, and they're a good team.''

The AL East-leading Yankees are 4.5 games ahead of Tampa Bay heading into a weekend series against the Rays. New York is six games in front of the Toronto Blue Jays.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Yoan Moncada went 5 for 6 with two home runs and five RBIs, Dylan Cease stuck out nine in six scoreless innings and Chicago hammered Oakland.

The 14 runs were a season high for Chicago, which has won seven of its last nine games. Chicago had 21 hits, including 10 extra-base hits.

Romy Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus, released by the A's in August, and Eloy Jimenez also homered.

Cease (14-6) reached 206 strikeouts for the year, becoming the seventh White Sox pitcher with multiple 200-strikeout seasons. The right-hander allowed three hits and two walks after coming within one out of a no-hitter in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.

JP Sears (5-2) took the loss.

The White Sox and Twins both are 1.5 games back of the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina homered twice on a day he paired with St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright to tie the major league record of 324 starts by a battery in the loss to Washington.

The 41-year-old Wainwright and 40-year-old Molina matched the mark set by Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan from 1963-75.

Molina hit a two-run homer into the third deck in left field in the third and a solo shot in the fourth. Wainright allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. They are on track to break the mark at home against Milwaukee on Sept. 14.

Alex Call had four hits and five RBIs for Washington, hitting a three-run homer off James Naile in the ninth. Mason Thompson (1-0) was the winner. Andre Pallante (6-5) took the loss.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First baseman Rhys Hoskins’ two-base error allowed Miami to tie it in the ninth and Brian Anderson’s followed with an RBI single that sent the Marlins past Philadelphia to a snap a nine-game losing streak.

Philadelphia led 5-4 when Garrett Cooper led off the ninth with a double off David Robertson (4-3).

Joey Wendle, who homered earlier, slapped a pitch down the line that Hoskins failed to snag, and the ball rolled into right field as pinch-runner Bryan De La Cruz scored. Avisaíl García walked, and Anderson hit a go-ahead single to right.

Dylan Floro (1-2) was the winner.



MILWAUKEE (AP) — Garrett Mitchell hit an RBI double and Milwaukee withstood Freddy Peralta’s early exit to beat San Francisco and complete a doubleheader sweep.

In the opening game, Corbin Burnes (10-6) struck out 14 and allowed three hits in eight shutout innings.

Peralta left the second game due to fatigue in his right shoulder after walking Tommy La Stella to lead off the third inning. The Brewers led 3-0 at the time.

Milwaukee’s Peter Strzelecki (2-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to get the win in the second game. Jakob Junis (4-5) dropped the opener, and Alex Young (0-1) lost the second game.

Devin Williams got his 11th save in 12 opportunities in the first game. Taylor Rogers finished the second game for his 31st save in 39 opportunities.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan India hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning to lift Cincinnati past Chicago.

Diaz (6-2) got five outs for the victory. Ian Gibaut worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save. Mark Leiter Jr. (2-7) was the loser.

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