Minnesota Twins left-hander Andrew Albers left too many critical pitches over the plate on a night when his fastball was only marginally effective.
Two costly errors behind him didn't help, either.
Albers was hit hard for the third time in his last four starts but was hurt more by the Twins' defense in an 11-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
''Really an ugly night there,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said after his team committed a season-high four errors. ''We threw the ball around, missed the ball and had some trouble in the outfield early. Every time we missed a play they took full advantage of it. (Albers) didn't get much help at all.''
Albers (2-4) lost his fourth straight decision after giving up eight runs, only three of which were earned. He allowed eight hits over 4 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out two.
It was just the latest bump in the road for Albers, who has struggled since opening the year with ...