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Athletics vs. Twins: Oakland Takes First Game 6-3 Behind Jonny Gomes' Grand Slam

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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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