Skip to main content

A's hold off scrappy rally from Twins

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Oakland A's have captured the first two games of their four-game series with the Twins. Friday night, the A's held on to beat the Twins 6-5.

It was the 11th straight time the A's have beaten the Twins.

After cruising through four innings Kyle Gibson (10-9) ran into trouble in the fifth, as the A's put up four against Gibson in the fifth and added two more against him in the sixth. In all, Gibson ended up giving up all six runs on five hits, while walking five. Three of those five walks came during the four-run fifth.

Coco Crisp only had one hit on the night, but it was a damaging bases clearing double in the fifth inning.

The same thing happened to A's starter Scott Kazmir (13-4). He was cruising through the first six innings, but in the seventh things fell apart.

Trailing 6-0, the Twins finally broke through on the A's in the seventh.

Chris Parmelee highlighted the five-run Twins seventh with a two run double. Eduardo Nunez also doubled, to cut the A's lead down to one.

However, Oakland escaped the rally with the lead in tact, and then there bullpen did the job in the late innings. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Oakland closer Sean Doolittle pitched around a leadoff single to pick up his 18th save.

With two outs and Eduardo Escobar running at first for Kennys Vargas who led off the ninth with a single, Josh Willingham came on to pinch hit, and blasted a pitch down the left field line, that hooked foul. Two pitches later Willingham looked at strike three and the game ended.

Trevor May is on the mound for the Twins tomorrow, in his Major League debut. Jeff Samardzja starts for Oakland.

Next Up

Chapel of Love at Mall of America

Chapel of Love set to close at Mall of America after nearly 30 years

The owner cited retirement as the reason for the closure.

Minneapolis police

Man stabbed to death in his Minneapolis home identified

The victim's wife had an order of protection out against the suspect.

FLickr - AL Franken 2016 - Lorie Shaull

Al Franken filling in as guest host of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Franken, a comedian and former Minnesota senator, will perform comedy four nights in a row in Minneapolis following the appearance on the show.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

1 dead, 1 critical after shooting at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis

It's the second killing in a week at the intersection in south Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.24.22 AM

Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies

The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.10.50 AM

Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged

Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 9.15.07 AM

Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway

The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.

Related