Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics added to their AL
West lead with another lopsided win over the Minnesota Twins in advance of a
critical set against the Texas Rangers.
A.J. Griffin was stellar over seven innings and the Oakland bats cooled off,
only slightly, in Thursday's series-clinching 8-2 triumph at Target Field.
Griffin (14-9) won his fourth straight start after holding the Twins to two
hits, one a solo homer by Oswaldo Arcia that put Minnesota on the board in the
seventh. The Oakland right-hander struck out six of the first nine batters he
faced and finished with eight punchouts to only one walk.
Coming off an 18-3 rout on Wednesday, Oakland got a two-run homer from Josh
Reddick. Reddick added a sacrifice fly, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run
triple to highlight a four-run third inning for the Athletics, who will carry
a 3 1/2 game lead in the division standings over the Rangers into this
weekend's showdown at Arlington.
Scott Diamond's return to the majors got off to a promising start, as the
Minnesota starting pitcher retired seven in a row to begin his outing.
However, Diamond (5-11), making his first start for the Twins since Aug. 1,
ran into trouble in the third and failed to complete five frames.
The left-hander allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and two walks
in 4 2/3 innings.
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