After blowing three leads in two games, the Oakland Athletics opted to not score any runs at all on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. With a 4-0 loss on Wednesday, the A's were swept by the Twins and have now lost six straight games.
The Twins put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles by Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier. Another pair of runs came in the bottom of the fifth, on another home run by Willingham, who had given the Twins the walk-off shot on Tuesday night.
The closest the A's got to scoring a run was a one-out double by Collin Cowgill in the top of the first inning. Singles in the second and third innings represented the other two hits Oakland was able to get in the game. Francisco Liriano picked up his very first win of the year by allowing just those three hits and two walks in six innings of work. The A's only managed one more walk off of three innings of Minnesota bullpen pitching.
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