|Oakland (64-77) «||0||2||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||4||6||0|
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the last few years, the Minnesota Twins have been known for promising young pitching and playing small ball.
On Saturday, those things did the Twins in and further dimmed their chances for catching Detroit in the AL Central.
Less than 24 hours after routing Minnesota with a season-high five home runs, the A's showed the Twins their own style of small ball by making the most of a relatively quiet day at the plate. They drew walks, stole bases, advanced runners and scored on sac-flies.
Anderson (9-10) retired 18 of 24 batters, including the final eight he faced, and didn't allow a walk for the fourth time this season to win his second-consecutive start.
"He was fantastic," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He's had a few really good outing this year. This is in the top two or three, that's for sure."
"Any time you hold those guys to one hit, it limits their offense," Anderson said. "So I feel pretty good about that."
Twins rookie Jeff Manship (0-1) lasted four innings in his third-career start, charged with four runs off three hits and three walks.
Pennington was the only one to drive in a run with a hit when his double in the second inning scored Daric Barton to give Oakland a 2-0 lead.
Despite the relatively quiet day at the plate, the A's made the most of their chances; three of their six walks eventually scored and their five stolen bases tied a season high.
"When we get on, we're going to make things happen. We're not going to stand around," Pennington said.
For the second-straight game, a young Oakland pitcher rendered Minnesota's lineup harmless.
The Twins evened the game at 2-2 with runs in the third and fourth, but Oakland regained the lead for good by scoring two runs in the fifth without a hit. Reliever Jesse Crain walked Adam Kennedy to load the bases after Manship walked Eric Patterson and Pennington. Rajai Davis and Kurt Suzuki each followed with a sacrifice fly to give the A's a two-run lead.
"After we tie the game and we walk three to load the bases, that's pretty much going to shoot you," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You can't give free passes in this league and expect to get away with it and there's the ball game."
Minnesota entered the game 5 ½ games behind the slumping Tigers in the standings after blowing several chances over the past week to make up ground.
"We're just not playing very good," Morneau said. "It's hard to describe it. We're just not scoring runs like we were. The frustrating part is that we know we have the guys to do it."
|Players of the Game|
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|Adam Kennedy, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||1||4||.283|
|Rajai Davis, CF||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.304|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.270|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.238|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.283|
|Daric Barton, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.219|
|Eric Patterson, RF||2||1||0||1||1||1||2||.204|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||1||3||1||1||0||0||.286|
|2B - Daric Barton (6, Manship), Cliff Pennington (7, Manship)|
|SF - Rajai Davis (3), Kurt Suzuki (6), Eric Patterson (2)|
|RBI - Rajai Davis (36), Kurt Suzuki (73), Eric Patterson (5), Cliff Pennington (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cliff Pennington (5)|
|SB - Adam Kennedy (19, 2nd base off Crain/Redmond), Rajai Davis (36, 2nd base off Manship/Redmond), Mark Ellis (9, 2nd base off Crain/Redmond), Eric Patterson (2, 2nd base off Manship/Redmond), Cliff Pennington (6, 2nd base off Guerrier/Morales)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Pennington-Barton, Barton-Pennington|
|Brett Anderson (W,9-10)||7||5||2||2||0||4||0||4.37|
|Michael Wuertz (H,21)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.96|
|Andrew Bailey (S,24)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.03|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 108-71, Michael Wuertz 18-12, Andrew Bailey 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 9-6, Michael Wuertz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 24, Michael Wuertz 4, Andrew Bailey 4|
|Denard Span, CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.308|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.272|
|Joe Mauer, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.363|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.274|
|Jason Kubel, LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.303|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.267|
|Brendan Harris, 3B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Mike Redmond, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.238|
|a- Jose Morales, PH-C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.350|
|Nick Punto, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|b- Brian Buscher, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.237|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.196|
|a-singled for Redmond in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Punto in the 8th|
|2B - Joe Mauer (25, Anderson), Brendan Harris (19, Anderson)|
|SF - Denard Span (5), Jason Kubel (3)|
|RBI - Denard Span (57), Jason Kubel (82)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Cabrera-Punto|
|Jeff Manship (L,0-1)||4||3||4||4||3||3||0||5.31|
|HBP - Davis (by Jeff Manship)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Manship 79-44, Jesse Crain 28-14, Jose Mijares 32-24, Jon Rauch 10-6, Matt Guerrier 23-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Manship 5-3, Jose Mijares 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-1, Matt Guerrier 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Manship 18, Jesse Crain 7, Jose Mijares 6, Jon Rauch 3, Matt Guerrier 5|
|Attendance - 24283|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson|