Josh Willingham hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth that put the Twins in front for good, to lead Minnesota past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Tuesday night.
Josh Donaldson and Nate Freiman both homered for the A’s, who dropped 1 ½ games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Derek Norris also drove in a run for the A’s.
The A’s gained ground on first-place Texas in the AL West race for the second straight day, pulling within a half-game after the Rangers lost at home to Seattle.
Yoenis Cespedes singled and scored Oakland’s run. The A’s have dropped nine of 13 and fell two games behind first-place Texas in the West.
Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Friday night in a matchup between the AL’s top teams.
The reason you won’t see any more 300-game winners is because of the set-up man and the closer. And when you have Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour, who could blame Bob Melvin for pulling A.J. Griffin after seven shutout innings of four-hit baseball?
Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.
Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning, Mitch Moreland followed with his second of the game and the Texas Rangers held off the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night.
Josh Donaldson’s eighth-inning triple drove in Josh Reddick for the winning run and Oakland Athletics overcame starter A.J. Griffin’s early struggles for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings in a strong bounce-back performance that helped the Oakland Athletics move into a first-place tie in the AL West with Texas and set up a one-game showdown for the division title.