MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: Chris Carter #22 of the Oakland Athletics congratulates Yoenis Cespedes #52 on a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning on July 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The A's got the scoring started in the top of the first, thanks to an RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes and a bases-loaded Derek Norris walk that made it a quick 2-0 in favor of Oakland. The Twins scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the inning to cut the led in half, but Jonny Gomes, Cespedes and Chris Carter all went yard in the top of the second to make it 6-1 A's.
The Twins picked up a second run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, but the score would stay at 6-2 until the sixth inning, when Oakland was able to tack on another three runs on a Seth Smith homer, another Cespedes RBI single and a wild pitch.
The Twins picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to get any closer than 9-4.
10 months ago Update 0 comments
The Oakland Athletics hammered the Minnesota Twins Saturday afternoon, picking up the win with a final score of 9-3. The A's took the lead with four runs in the top of the first and never looked back.
All four runs in the first came with two outs. After fly outs by Jemile Weeks and Seth Smith Josh Reddick reached on a single. A double to deep right by Yoenis Cespedes scored him, and Brandon Moss was hit by a pitch. That left two on for Chris Carter, who took full advantage with a three run homer to put the A's up 4-0.
The home runs kept coming: Cespedes hit a two run shot in the third, Smith a solo shot in the fifth, and Moss had a solo shot of his own in the sixth. Smith added another RBI on a triple to deep right in the ninth.
Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham had home runs for the Twins, but Minnesota's offense couldn't keep up. Tommy Milone gave up ten hits and two runs over six innings to get the win for the A's and improve to 9-6.
The A's are now 45-43 with the win and have a chance to sweep the Twins. Game 3 of the three game series is Sunday at 11:10 a.m. PT.
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11 months ago Update 2 comments
The Oakland Athletics got off to a strong start as the second half of the season began on Friday night, defeating the Twins in Minnesota. The A's trailed early in the game, but a big fourth inning and a couple of late runs pushed the team to a 6-3 win. With the victory, Oakland is now 43-43 on the season.
A.J. Griffin made the start for the A's and worked six strong innings of three-run ball. He surrendered eight hits and just one walk, striking out five on the night.
The Twins scored a run in the second inning to go up 1-0. The Athletics rallied for four runs in the fourth, headlined by a grand slam from Jonny Gomes off Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano. The Twins then cut the deficit to 4-3 on a two-run homer from Josh Willingham in the bottom half of the frame.
Gomes provided a huge insurance run with an RBI-single in the ninth, and he was followed by a Brandon Inge single to make the score 6-3.
New closer Ryan Cook entered for the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced to secure his ninth save of the season.
The two clubs will meet again on 7:10 p.m. ET.
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