The Oakland A’s picked up a half-game on the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West with an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon.
A.J. Griffin tossed one of his strongest outings of the season, allowing just two hits and one run in seven innings. Offensively, the A’s picked up where last night’s 18-3 drubbing left off, scoring early and often against Twins starter Scott Diamond and a handful of relievers.
Things got going for Oakland in the third, when Derek Norris doubled and Daric Barton singled, bringing up Coco Crisp. Crisp hit into a fielder’s choice, reaching first on the play and scoring Norris for the A’s first run. After Josh Donaldson walked, Jed Lowrie brought in Crisp with an RBI single to center before Yoenis Cespedes cleared the bases with a two-run triple to deep center. That quickly, the A’s had a 4-0 lead over the Twins.
The A’s added a fifth run in the fifth inning: Crisp reached on an error and stole second, scoring on Donaldson’s single to left fiel...