Khris Davis hit a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth, as the Oakland A’s rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night in
Oakland was down to its final out against Twins’ reliever Taylor Rogers (2-2) when Mark Canha was hit by a pitch. Ramon Laureano followed with a double down the left field line, with Canha stopping at third.
Davis then cracked a line drive off the glove of diving first baseman Ehire Adrianza to bring home the game-winning runs.
Laureano was a triple shy of the cycle, and Canha hit a two-run homer and scored twice for Oakland, which won for the eighth time in nine games. Robbie Grossman and Chris Herrmann each had two hits for the A’s.
Blake Treinen (3-3) picked up the win with an inning of scoreless relief, while Liam Hendriks picked up his eighth save, getting Mitch Garver to ground into a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Garver, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano each homered, and Max Kepler and Sano each had two hits for the Twins.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on home runs by Garver and Cruz. Garver hit Oakland starter Brett Anderson’s second pitch of the game 410 feet into the bleachers in right-centre for his 17th homer of the season. Cruz followed one out later with his 19th, a 436-foot drive to centre. Oakland came back to take a 3-2 lead in the seventh.
A two-run home run by Canha, his 16th of the season, tied it and also extended the A’s streak with at least one homer to 20 games, the second longest in Oakland A’s history. Laureano followed with his 20th homer, a 413-foot drive to right centre.
Sano tied it with his 14th homer of the year leading off the bottom of the seventh, a 443-foot drive into the third deck in
left, which also ended the night for Anderson. After a pair of singles, Jonathan Schoop’s sacrifice fly scored Adrianza - who was pinch-running for C.J. Cron - to regain the lead for the Twins.
Anderson allowed three runs on four hits in six-plus innings, striking out two and walking one. Twins starter Jose Berrios pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out four.
“The A’s always find the players to be able to compete, and this year is no exception,” Cruz said.
White Sox win in 11th as
Rays lose 5th straight
Yoan Moncada scored the go-ahead run all the way from first on a single by Jose Abreu and the visiting Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in 11 innings on Saturday, sending the Rays to their fifth straight loss.
Chicago was down to its final out when James McCann homered off Emilio Pagan to tie it 1-1 in the ninth.
Moncada led off the 11th with a walk against Adam Kolarek (3-3).
Chaz Roe came on to face Abreu and Moncada broke from first on a 2-1 pitch. Abreu sent a slow bouncer to right field and Moncada came all the way around to score. Jace Fry (2-4) pitched one inning for the win and Alex Colome earned his 21st save. Avisail Garcia homered for the Rays’ run.
Garcia’s 13th homer of the year came against White Sox starter Lucas Giolito and bounced off one of the banners hanging high on the back wall at Tropicana Field, a projected 459-foot blast, according to Statcast.
Giolito bounced back after giving up nine earned runs over 10 innings in his past two starts. He allowed one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking one.
Austin Meadows and Joey Wendle had two hits each for the Rays, who have scored just six runs over their past four games. The Rays got the leadoff runner on base in seven straight innings but scored only when Garcia homered.
After carrying a potential combined perfect game into the ninth inning before allowing a run July 14 in Baltimore, Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough retired the first 12 White Sox batters before McCann led off the fifth inning with a single.
Yarbrough allowed two hits in six innings and struck out five without a walk.
Garcia walked against Evan Marshall leading off the ninth and Wendle followed with a single, but Tampa Bay couldn’t produce a run.
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