Carlos Correa slugs go-ahead homer in Twins win over Yankees – The Denver Post


Carlos Correa still gets booed at the Bronx, the aftershocks of beating up on the Yankees with the sign-stealing Astros.

Correa also didn’t bow down to Derek Jeter, remarking once that the shortstop legend was undeserving of his five Gold Gloves. Correa may have been partially correct in his assessment, but Jeter remains untouchable in Yankee Stadium.

So Correa is the villain but wasn’t fazed Thursday, getting the last laugh the night before Jeter’s Hall of Fame Tribute game.

Correa’s go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Twins to a 4-3 victory, as Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres failed in big spots at the plate.

Correa’s two-out shot off Yankees reliever Greg Weissert broke a 2-2 tie. Then in the bottom of the inning with a one-run deficit and runners at the corners, Aaron Boone tabbed Stanton as the pinch hitter. The slumping slugger was late on the fastball of Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar and whiffed badly on a third-strike curveball.

Stanton, who has been dealing with a sore foot, has managed just four hits in his last 38 at bats.

The ninth inning was more frustrating for the Yankees, who loaded the bases with one out. Torres then struck out and Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s produced a weak grounder in the final at bat against Michael Fulmer.

The Twins, as a result, avoided the four-game series sweep at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a double but didn’t add to his homerun total, which sits at a league-leading 55. He was intentionally walked in the ninth inning to load the bases. It was the fourth time Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli gave Judge a free first base in the last two days.

The Yanks got an unexpected offensive boost from Miguel Andujar, whose second-inning two-run blast was his first homer of the season and something of a redeeming moment. The 27-year-old requested a trade this season after being demoted to Triple-A.

A day earlier, Andujar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the first game of the doubleheader. His opportunity Thursday was solidified because DJ LeMahieu was sent to the 10-day injured list, opening up a roster spot.

Nestor Cortes Jr. returned for his first start since Aug. 12 and retired the first 12 batters. But the All-Star lost his groove in the fifth inning, when Cortes Jr. was pulled after allowing an RBI double to Gary Sanchez.

He totaled 58 pitches while allowing two hits and two runs in four innings.

Minnesota starter Sonny Gray, the former Yankee pitcher, allowed two runs in six innings with seven hits and seven strikeouts.



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