A's hold off scrappy rally from Twins


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

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 4.48.00 PM

Hennepin Co. medical examiner: Police interaction tipped Floyd 'over the edge'

Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, who performed Floyd's autopsy, testified Friday in the trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin.


Attention, CNN: There will be extra tornado sirens in Minnesota next week

The national broadcaster was caught by surprise by the test this past Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 11.41.46 AM

Minneapolis Parks and Rec buys land to create park in North Loop

The Parks and Recreation Board is paying just over $2M for the land.

traffic stop

Speed-related crashes, deaths are a mounting problem in Minnesota

Fatal speed-related crashes are ahead of last year's pace.

Parkway Minneapolis lake path

Sections of Minneapolis parkways to close to vehicles till end of May

They will be designated for pedestrian and biker use only.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, April 9

Hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past month.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's 9th community vaccine site opening in Lino Lakes

All Minnesotans age 16 and older can try to get an appointment.


Another Minnesotan arrested in connection with Capitol insurrection

The 26-year-old from Lindstrom is facing federal charges.

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 6.57.05 AM

Minneapolis woman missing from Eden Prairie is found safe

Eden Prairie PD had issued an appeal to find Suzanne Merkl.