Twins Cap Off Successful Homestand With Win Over A’s
MINNEAPOLIS -- With a 6-5 win Thursday, the Minnesota Twins take three games in a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics to cap off an 8-3 homestand.
The Twins only managed five hits on the day, but took advantage of Oakland errors to come from behind twice en route to the one-run victory.
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, Shane Robinson hit a would-be double play ball that scored Kennys Vargas. On the relay, Oakland second baseman Brett Lawrie's errant throw allowed Eduardo Escobar to score and tie the game at 2-2.
Rookie Eddie Rosario then hit a sacrifice fly to score Robinson that gave the Twins a 3-2 lead.
Rosario came up big again in the fourth inning, tying the game on a solid single to center that scored Kurt Suzuki.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the fifth inning, Eduardo Escabar singled to right field to score Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe.
Oakland was able to bring the game to within one, but the Minnesota bullpen settled down and closer Glen Perkins recorded four outs for his 10th save of the season and the 6-5 win for the Twins.
With the win, the Twins improve to 16-13 on the season and are three games over .500 for the first time since 2010.
The Twins will be back at it tomorrow night in Cleveland as scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.63 ERA) is set to take on Indians starter Trevor Bauer (2-0, 3.38 ERA) with a 6:10 p.m. start.