After a downpour that caused the original 1:05 p.m. start time to be pushed back to 3:05, the A’s came out and battered the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-1 win, pulling themselves one game closer to a second straight American League West title.
It took Jarrod Parker 18 pitches (15 of them to the first two batters) to get through the first, stranding a one-out Brian Dozier infield single in the process.
Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson singled against Pedro Hernandez in the bottom of the inning. After Yoenis Cespedes flew out, Alberto Callaspo dropped a single into left field, scoring Lowrie and granting Oakland a quick 1-0 lead.
Oakland put up a five-spot in the second: Michael Choice reached second on an infield single and Pedro Florimon’s throwing error. Daric Barton then singled, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Chris Young brought in Choice with a sacrifice fly to right, giving the A’s a 2-0 advantage. One out later, Josh Donaldson uncorked a double off the scorebo...