A’s come back to beat Twins
Davis’ 2-out, 2-run single in 9th lifts A’s over Twins 5-4
By Brian Hall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Khris Davis lined a two-out, two-run single off the glove of diving first baseman Ehire Adrianza in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics won again, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Saturday night.
The A’s won for the 21st time in 27 games. Miguel Sanó, Mitch Garver and Nelson Cruz all homered for the AL Central-leading Twins, who have lost five of six.
Minnesota reliever Taylor Rogers (2-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth. But he then hit Mark Canha with a pitch and gave up a double to Ramón Laureano. Davis followed by going the other way, and Adrianza made a dive into the hole and tried to backhand the ball, but it deflected off his mitt and rolled into shallow right field.
The Twins loaded the bases against All-Star closer Liam Hendriks with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Hendriks got Garver to ground into a double play to end the game. Hendriks recorded his eighth save.
Blake Treinen (3-3) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Marwin Gonzalez to ground out.
Laureano had three hits for the A’s, who had taken a 3-2 lead in the seventh before the Twins rallied. Canha had a two-run homer and Laureano added a solo homer in the inning.
The Twins parted ways with a pair of relievers they recently designated for assignment. Right-hander Mike Morin was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations and left-hander Adalberto Mejia was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.
Minnesota’s 40-man roster stands at 36 players with the team expected to be active before the trade deadline on July 31.
Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson left the game after giving up Sanó’s homer in the seventh. The team said he was lifted with a blister on his left middle finger. . 3B Matt Chapman was back in the lineup after not starting the past two games with left ankle soreness. Chapman fouled a ball off his left shin in the third inning but stayed in the game.
Twins: OF Eddie Rosario was out of the lineup as he works his way back from missing time with an ankle sprain. Manager Rocco Baldelli also said Rosario was dealing with a stomach illness the night before. . 2B Jonathan Schoop returned after missing three games with an abdominal strain.
The finale of the four-game series has Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda (6-5, 4.38 ERA) starting against Oakland RHP Daniel Mengden (5-1, 4.21). Pineda has allowed one run in five of his past six starts. Mengden allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a win against the Twins on July 2.