Athletics Vs. Twins Final Score: Oakland Takes Rough 7-2 Loss

The Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at the O.co Coliseum on Monday night. Unfortunately, the A's were unable to stretch their win streak to five in a row. Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was knocked around early in the 7-2 loss.

The Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to a Josh Willingham double and a bases-loaded walk to Trevor Plouffe. The Twinkies added another pair of runs in the second with an RBI single from Darin Mastroianni and another RBI hit from Willingham. Before the A's had time to blink, they were in a 4-0 hole.

Oakland finally got on the board in the bottom of the second with an RBI double from Josh Donaldson. Josh Reddick added an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Twins had another two-run inning in them. Joe Mauer hit a two-run single in the fourth to regain a four-run lead. Mastroianni tacked on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to put the game firmly out of reach.

The A's will try to regroup and even the series on Tuesday.

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