American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Oakland|
(Saturday, August 9)
Final Score: Oakland 9, Minnesota 4
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Norris hit a three-run homer, Stephen
Vogt added a two-run blast and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins
9-4 on Saturday night.
The MLB-leading A's have won the first three games of the four-game series and
five of their last six overall.
Jeff Samardzija (3-1) gave up seven hits and two walks in six innings but
allowed just two runs and struck out five to earn the win. The A's are 6-1 in
the right-hander's starts since acquiring him from the Cubs last month.
"The homers help," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We've been shy with those
recently. That cures a lot of ills."
Trevor May (0-1) pitched just two innings in his major-league debut, giving up
seven walks, three hits and four runs. The 24-year-old right-handed prospect
threw 63 pitches, including just 28 strikes, and the Twins dropped their
"Unfortunately for us we got behind," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "We
made a good run there at the end but came up short."
Brian Dozier hit a one-out double off Samardzija in the first and scored on
Trevor Plouffe's single to give Minnesota its only lead.
The A's also scored in the first after four straight batters reached base
against May, the last two on walks. They tacked on three runs in the second
after May walked three straight batters with two outs and Josh Donaldson
delivered a two-run single. Two more walks forced in another run.
Danny Santana doubled and scored for Oakland in the top of the fifth, but the
A's blew the game open with five runs in two innings.
Vogt hit his seventh homer of the season off Samuel Deduno in the fifth and
Norris belted his 10th, also off Deduno, with no outs in the sixth for a 9-2
In the eighth, Jordan Schafer hit an RBI double and Dozier added a sacrifice
fly for Minnesota's last two runs.
The Twins were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on
base ... Minnesota actually out-hit Oakland 12-10.
08/10 02:17:55 ET