Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Josh Willingham's upper-deck two-run blast
in the eighth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 win over the Oakland
Athletics in the opener of a three-game set.
Willingham also hit a solo home run as did Oswaldo Arcia for the Twins, who
have won their past two.
Liam Hendriks pitched 5 1/3 innings in the start as he gave up three runs on
seven hits with six strikeouts. Anthony Swarzak (2-2) pitched a scoreless
eighth for the win.
Alberto Callaspo smacked a two-run home run while Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI
and a run scored for the Athletics, who are two games up on the Rangers in
the AL West.
Jarrod Parker was in line for the win as he gave up just two runs on seven
hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings. He hasn't lost a
game since May 22 and is 9-0 over his last 19 starts.
In the eighth with Sean Doolittle on the mound, Arcia singled to start and
Ryan Doumit struck out. Ryan Cook (6-4) then took the mound and Willingham
blasted a shot into the upper-deck seats in left for his 14th home run of the
Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 34th save of the year.
Willingham homered with one out in the second to get the scoring started,
while Callaspo went deep with Cespedes on board in the fifth for a 2-1 lead.
Cespedes gave the A's a 3-1 advantage in the sixths with an RBI single, but
Arcia made it a one-run game once again with his leadoff homer in the sixth.
Oakland had a three-game winning streak snapped ... Each team has won five
times in the season series ... Minnesota was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring
position and stranded eight.
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