The keen observer will observe that that's a lot of runs on the part of Oakland. In fact, that's the most runs the A's have scored since they plated 20 against the Red Sox on Aug. 31 of last year. Prior to that, though, you must go back to the 2000 season to find a game in which the A's scored at least 18.
As for the impressive particulars, every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Speaking of those Oakland starters, they went a cumulative 20-for-38 at the dish, and eight of those hits went for extra bases.
A's hitters worked Minnesota hurlers for a total of 212 pitches, 22 hits (as you see above) and four walks. Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt combined to go 6-for-11 with two doubles and a homer, and they still teamed up to leave seven runners on base.
You'll also note that 10-run fourth inning. Here's what that looked like ...
It goes without saying that A's starter Sonny Gray picked up the win after a rather leisurely five innings of work. On that point ...
Hey @SonnyGray2 remember when you pitched yesterday and we scored 18 runs...that was cool.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) September 12, 2013
Of course, the real upside for the A's is that all this plate-touching unfolded while, down in Arlington, the Pirates were completing a sweep of the Rangers. As a result Oakland now has a three-game lead in the AL West, which --
Oh, look, they just scored again.