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Twins beat A's 6-1, snap 12-game skid vs. Oakland

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
AP Sports Writer
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Leave it to a pair of former Oakland Athletics to end one of the worst skids the Minnesota Twins have ever had against another club.

Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Twins snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oakland by beating the A's 6-1 on Sunday.

''They've had their way with us,'' said Willingham, who played for the A's in 2011. ''If we would've come in here and lost today, that would've been a very big disappointment. We needed to get this win.''

Brian Dozier connected for his 20th homer in the first before Suzuki and Willingham each had a big hit against Luke Gregerson (2-2) in the eighth. Minnesota scored two more in the ninth to avoid a four-game sweep with its first win over the A's since last September.

Only 13-game losing streaks to the New York Yankees (2002-2003) and Texas Rangers (1998-1999) top the Twins' skid to Oakland.

''It's just one of those things,'' Suzuki said, struggling to find an explanation.

Phil Hughes (12-8) allowed four hits in seven innings for his second straight victory. He came out because of a cracked nail on his right index finger, which he glued back on in the clubhouse - something he said he has done throughout his career and shouldn't keep him from making his next start.

Stephen Vogt's RBI single in the first accounted for the A's only run. The poor offensive effort wasted a second straight superb start from Jason Hammel, who gave up four hits and one run in 6 1-3 innings.

Hammel, who beat Tampa Bay his last time out, had lost his first four starts with Oakland after being acquired in a July 4 trade with the Chicago Cubs that also sent Jeff Samardzija to the AL West leaders.

''This is the best he's pitched from what I've seen,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

After they each allowed a run in the first, Hammel and Hughes quickly corrected most of the mistakes they made the rest of the way. But the biggest blunder might have been a self-inflicted one by the Twins.

With two runners on in the seventh, Jordan Schafer whiffed at a bunt and Eduardo Nunez was tagged out between third and home. Fernando Abad struck out Schafer on the next pitch.

Minnesota more than made up for the mistake in the eighth and ninth innings.

LOST IN THE SUN

Suzuki, who was a catcher for the A's from 2007-12 before returning for 15 games late last season, should know more than anybody on the Twins about how difficult the sun can be in Oakland during day games.

Instead, Suzuki provided one of Sunday's best bloopers when he never turned to catch Josh Reddick's popup that bounced off the warning track behind the plate in the fourth. Reddick drew Oakland's only walk off Hughes in the at-bat.

''They said I missed it. But I didn't think I missed it because I didn't even try to go for it,'' Suzuki joked. ''It doesn't count as a miss.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: First baseman Joe Mauer, who has been out since July 1 with a strained muscle on his right side, is expected to be activated at Houston on Monday. Infielder Trevor Plouffe (sore left foot) and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (lower back pain) sat out. Both are day to day.

Athletics: Shortstop Jed Lowrie got the day off to rest his bruised right index finger, which sidelined him for three games last week. He's expected to start Monday at Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Twins: Minnesota will call up former A's lefty Tommy Milone from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday in Houston. Milone was dealt to the Twins at the July 31 trade deadline for outfielder Sam Fuld after going 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA for Oakland this season.

Athletics: Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA), the AL Pitcher of the Month for July, tries to rebound from back-to-back losses in August when he goes in the opener at Kansas City.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

K. Suzuki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Hammel
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Danny Santana, CF5230010.315.357.473
Brian Dozier, 2B4111114.240.340.426
Kurt Suzuki, C5122000.305.366.390
Kennys Vargas, 1B4001121.297.366.405
Josh Willingham, DH4112103.210.345.402
Chris Parmelee, RF4000011.253.307.392
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4010000.252.281.367
Eduardo Escobar, SS3010120.274.315.394
Jordan Schafer, LF4110012.188.271.250
Phil Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Fien, P0000000.000.000.000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37610648    
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (22, Gregerson)
HR - Brian Dozier (20, Hammel), Josh Willingham (12, Gregerson)
RBI - Brian Dozier (51), Kurt Suzuki 2 (48), Kennys Vargas (8), Josh Willingham 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki (22), Kennys Vargas (4), Josh Willingham 2 (11)
SB - Danny Santana (10, 2nd base off Gregerson/Jaso), Eduardo Nunez (7, 2nd base off Hammel/Jaso), Jordan Schafer (19, 2nd base off Hammel/Jaso)
CS - Eduardo Nunez (3, )
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes (W,12-8) 7411170 3.88
Casey Fien (H,21) 1200010 2.86
Glen Perkins 1000010 2.74
HBP - Moss (by Phil Hughes)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 94-66, Casey Fien 17-13, Glen Perkins 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-10
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 27, Casey Fien 5, Glen Perkins 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, DH4010002.266.368.405
Sam Fuld, CF4110013.258.346.349
Josh Donaldson, 3B4010023.250.337.459
Brandon Moss, LF3000022.246.332.475
Stephen Vogt, 1B4011012.319.349.500
Josh Reddick, RF2000102.256.311.427
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH1000000.236.329.350
John Jaso, C3000001.263.340.428
   b-Nate Freiman, PH1000000.216.275.405
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010020.231.302.297
Eric Sogard, SS3010010.216.305.271
Jason Hammel, P0000000.139.162.139
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jesse Chavez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3316119    
a-popped out for Reddick in the 9th
b-lined out for Jaso in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Stephen Vogt (28)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Vogt (10)
SB - Sam Fuld (17, 2nd base off Hughes/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jason Hammel (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 6.1411251 3.60
Fernando Abad 0.2000010 1.76
Luke Gregerson (L,2-2) 1333011 2.26
Jesse Chavez 1322210 3.43
WP - Jason Hammel (6), Luke Gregerson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 92-59, Fernando Abad 4-3, Luke Gregerson 25-15, Jesse Chavez 42-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 9-6
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 26, Fernando Abad 1, Luke Gregerson 6, Jesse Chavez 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25598
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Pat Hoberg