Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon turned in six shutout innings and
the Oakland Athletics moved their magic number down to two by taking advantage
of a sloppy Minnesota Twins team in an 11-0 triumph on Friday.
Colon (17-6) scattered just five hits and a walk while striking out eight over
another stellar outing. He was backed by plenty of offensive support, some of
which the Twins provided on their own.
Minnesota committed four errors on the evening, with its third of the night
contributing to a five-run inning for Oakland.
Derek Norris had two hits and three runs scored, while Josh Donaldson and
Yoenis Cespedes each contributed home runs to help Oakland to its 11th win in
14 games and move the team one step closer to the AL West division title.
Andrew Albers (2-4) ended on the hook for eight runs -- although only three
were earned. He allowed eight hits over 4 2/3 frames in the Twins' eighth
setback in 10 games.
The game completely unraveled in the fifth for Minnesota. Eduardo Escobar made
a diving stop on Chris Young's hard hit grounder with the bases loaded, but
the inning continued after the third baseman's throw sailed wide of first
base. Two runs came in on the two-out error, ending Albers' outing. Ryan
Presley took over and allowed an RBI single to Alberto Callaspo, who later
came in to score on a wild pitch to make it 9-0 Oakland.
Donaldson added a two-run shot in the sixth to account for the final margin.
Cespedes began a three-run second inning with a solo blast to begin the frame.
Norris followed with a double and later scored on a base hit from Reddick, who
was then able to come around and make it 3-0 when Twins right fielder Oswaldo
Garcia botched Daric Barton's ensuing base hit.
Callaspo knocked in a run in the fourth, with Norris coming home after
singling to start the frame and then swiping second base.
The A's have won nine of their last 11 meetings with the Twins ... Minnesota
had six hits to Oakland's 11 ... The Twins were 0-for-8 with runners in
scoring position ... Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire remains three wins shy
of 1,000 for his career.
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