Rajai Davis' 2-run HR in 9th lifts A's past Twins, 5-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Just to be clear, it wasn't shaving cream that was on Rajai Davis' face.

''It was actually whipped cream and it tastes good,'' Davis said.

Everything was sweet for Davis and an Oakland Athletics team with a propensity for big hits even in a rebuilding year.

Davis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Davis' fourth homer of the year capped a night in which he had four hits to break out of an 0-for-13 slump and helped give Oakland manager Bob Melvin his 1,000th career victory.

The A's were tied for the American League lead with seven walk-off wins going into Saturday.

Davis game-ending RBI was the ninth of his career. His only other game-ending home run was on June 30, 2014, against the A's when he was with the Blue Jays.

''I think this team is a resilient team that never quits, fighting to the last out, especially when we're at home,'' Davis said. ''That's what we did tonight.''

Davis' home run off Taylor Rogers (5-3) came after Rogers walked pinch-hitter Adam Rosales leading off the inning.

Twins closer Brandon Kintzler was not available because he needed a rest day, manager Paul Molitor said.

''Those are tough,'' Molitor said. ''That's three games this trip we haven't been able to close out. It just goes to show you you can't ever take for granted the value of outs late in games and people that can handle that.''

A's reliever Daniel Coulombe (2-1) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning in the top of the ninth as Oakland snapped a six-game skid.

Ryon Healy was 2 for 4 with doubles and Matt Chapman homered for the A's.

The victory came on a day legendary former A's broadcaster Bill King was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

''(King ) was such a big part of my youth and him going in to the Hall of Fame today,'' Melvin said. ''Unfortunately, he was not here to enjoy it and see it. It ended up being a nice day, and to get a win out of it that gets you a round number, it makes it a little better.''

Matt Chapman hit a long two-out solo home run to left (431 feet according to Statcast) in the bottom of the eighth that made it 4-3. Chapman's sixth home run came on an 89 mph changeup Buddy Boshers left over the heart of the plate

Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer (his 24th) as the Twins lost for the fifth time in six games and fell to 1-4 on their West Coast road trip.

ROCK SOLID

Rookie Zack Granite was 2 for 4 with a two-run single, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

''I struggled coming up,'' Granite said. ''I'm feeling good at the plate. I'm getting good pitches to hit and I'm just keeping it simple and making good contact.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: CF Byron Buxton is expected to join the team in San Diego and will be in the starting lineup on Tuesday for the team's series opener against the Padres after completing a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, manager Paul Molitor said. Buxton went on the DL July 15 with a left groin strain.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray's Sunday start was pushed back a day and RHP Jharel Cotton will come of the DL to start in Gray's place, manager Bob Melvin said. Cotton has been out since July 4 with a right thumb blister. . RHP Kendall Graveman (right shoulder strain) threw 81 pitches on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. He struck out five and gave up one run on four hits and two walks. . Utilityman Chad Pinder (left hamstring strain) is expected to join the team on Sunday and be activated by Monday.

UP NEXT

Cotton will go against Twins RHP Bartolo Colon, who is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two starts since joining the Twins earlier this month. The 44-year-old pitched for the A's in 2012-13. He's 9-6 with a 3.37 ERA in 19 career starts against his former team.

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MIN50-52
0200200004100
OAK45-59
1000100125110
  • W: D. Coulombe (2-1)L: T. Rogers (5-3)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (24), OAK - R. Davis (4), M. Chapman (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50100014.248.331.435.7660.5
M. Kepler RF51100044.254.324.418.7420.0
M. Sano 3B51121034.269.361.523.8845.5
J. Mauer 1B20000301.280.371.386.7573.0
E. Escobar SS51200002.272.326.428.7543.0
E. Rosario LF31100103.292.329.473.8034.0
R. Grossman DH40100012.252.377.374.7510.5
Z. Granite CF40220000.286.344.321.6663.0
J. Castro C30100110.230.319.381.7002.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis RF52421000.232.293.347.64112.0
    M. Semien SS40100006.241.357.370.7271.0
    R. Healy DH41210001.257.289.466.7556.0
    K. Davis LF40000012.243.333.516.849-0.5
    J. Lowrie 2B30100102.264.342.433.7752.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30110112.263.362.523.8852.5
    M. Chapman 3B41111012.191.255.472.7275.5
    R. Lavarnway C10000101.167.286.333.6191.0
    a- B. Maxwell PH-C20000010.242.357.326.683-0.5
    J. Brugman CF30100001.261.341.319.6601.0
    b- A. Rosales PH01000100.234.273.346.6192.0
    • a-struck out for Lavarnway in the 6th
    • b-walked for Brugman in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (21), J. Castro (20)
    • HR - M. Sano (24)
    • RBI - M. Sano 2 (70), Z. Granite 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Davis (14), R. Healy 2 (21)
    • HR - R. Davis (4), M. Chapman (6)
    • RBI - R. Davis 2 (17), R. Healy (58), Y. Alonso (46), M. Chapman (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (23), M. Chapman (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - Z. Granite (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Mejia5.08222204.071.484.0
    T. Duffey (H, 9)2.01000204.441.326.0
    B. Boshers (H, 2)0.21111014.101.29-3.0
    T. Rogers (L, 5-3) (BS, 3)0.11221013.401.26-9.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Mejia5.0
    T. Duffey (H, 9)2.0
    B. Boshers (H, 2)0.2
    T. Rogers (L, 5-3) (BS, 3)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Smith5.07443414.131.293.0
    R. Dull1.01000105.711.442.5
    S. Casilla1.01001204.541.462.0
    J. Smith1.01000106.001.592.5
    D. Coulombe (W, 2-1)1.00001202.501.1110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Smith5.0
    R. Dull1.0
    S. Casilla1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    D. Coulombe (W, 2-1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 97-65, T. Duffey 23-16, B. Boshers 16-8, T. Rogers 12-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 4-9, T. Duffey 3-0, B. Boshers 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 25, T. Duffey 6, B. Boshers 3, T. Rogers 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Coulombe (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 97-56, R. Dull 15-8, S. Casilla 19-13, J. Smith 20-12, D. Coulombe 23-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-8, R. Dull 1-0, S. Casilla 1-0, J. Smith 2-0, D. Coulombe 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Smith 25, R. Dull 3, S. Casilla 5, J. Smith 4, D. Coulombe 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN50-52
    0200200004100
    OAK45-59
    1000100125110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B50100014.248.331.435.7660.5
    M. Kepler RF51100044.254.324.418.7420.0
    M. Sano 3B51121034.269.361.523.8845.5
    J. Mauer 1B20000301.280.371.386.7573.0
    E. Escobar SS51200002.272.326.428.7543.0
    E. Rosario LF31100103.292.329.473.8034.0
    R. Grossman DH40100012.252.377.374.7510.5
    Z. Granite CF40220000.286.344.321.6663.0
    J. Castro C30100110.230.319.381.7002.5
    Total364104151020-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Davis RF52421000.232.293.347.64112.0
      M. Semien SS40100006.241.357.370.7271.0
      R. Healy DH41210001.257.289.466.7556.0
      K. Davis LF40000012.243.333.516.849-0.5
      J. Lowrie 2B30100102.264.342.433.7752.0
      Y. Alonso 1B30110112.263.362.523.8852.5
      M. Chapman 3B41111012.191.255.472.7275.5
      R. Lavarnway C10000101.167.286.333.6191.0
      a- B. Maxwell PH-C20000010.242.357.326.683-0.5
      J. Brugman CF30100001.261.341.319.6601.0
      b- A. Rosales PH01000100.234.273.346.6192.0
      Total33511524417-----
      • a-struck out for Lavarnway in the 6th
      • b-walked for Brugman in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (21), J. Castro (20)
      • HR - M. Sano (24)
      • RBI - M. Sano 2 (70), Z. Granite 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Davis (14), R. Healy 2 (21)
      • HR - R. Davis (4), M. Chapman (6)
      • RBI - R. Davis 2 (17), R. Healy (58), Y. Alonso (46), M. Chapman (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (23), M. Chapman (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Z. Granite (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Mejia5.08222204.071.484.0
      T. Duffey (H, 9)2.01000204.441.326.0
      B. Boshers (H, 2)0.21111014.101.29-3.0
      T. Rogers (L, 5-3) (BS, 3)0.11221013.401.26-9.0
      Total8.01155442---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Mejia5.0
      T. Duffey (H, 9)2.0
      B. Boshers (H, 2)0.2
      T. Rogers (L, 5-3) (BS, 3)0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Smith5.07443414.131.293.0
      R. Dull1.01000105.711.442.5
      S. Casilla1.01001204.541.462.0
      J. Smith1.01000106.001.592.5
      D. Coulombe (W, 2-1)1.00001202.501.1110.0
      Total9.010445101---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Smith5.0
      R. Dull1.0
      S. Casilla1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      D. Coulombe (W, 2-1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 97-65, T. Duffey 23-16, B. Boshers 16-8, T. Rogers 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 4-9, T. Duffey 3-0, B. Boshers 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 25, T. Duffey 6, B. Boshers 3, T. Rogers 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Coulombe (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 97-56, R. Dull 15-8, S. Casilla 19-13, J. Smith 20-12, D. Coulombe 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-8, R. Dull 1-0, S. Casilla 1-0, J. Smith 2-0, D. Coulombe 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Smith 25, R. Dull 3, S. Casilla 5, J. Smith 4, D. Coulombe 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Davis homered to center, Rosales scored45
      • 8TH INNING
        Maxwell homered to left center43
      • 5TH INNING
        Alonso singled to center, Healy scored42
        Sano homered to right, Kepler scored41
      • 2ND INNING
        Granite singled to center, Escobar and Rosario scored, Grossman to second21
      • 1ST INNING
        Healy doubled to left, Davis scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Daniel Coulombe relieved Josh Smith
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Rosales hit for Jaycob Brugman
        • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosales walked
        • R. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Davis homered to center, Rosales scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Josh Smith relieved Santiago Casilla
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to first
        • Z. Granite: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granite grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro doubled to deep right
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Buddy Boshers relieved Tyler Duffey
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, walked
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, In play
        • M. Chapman: Alonso grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowrie out at second
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Maxwell homered to left center
        • Maxwell fouled out to third
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Ryan Dull
        • Bruce Maxwell catching
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar singled to right center, Mauer to third
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien singled to shallow center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Semien out at second
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Ryan Dull relieved Chris Smith
        • Z. Granite: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Granite singled to shallow right
        • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Granite caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Adalberto Mejia
        • Bruce Maxwell hit for Ryan Lavarnway
        • B. Maxwell: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell struck out looking
        • J. Brugman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brugman grounded out to first
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler singled to shallow center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano homered to right, Kepler scored
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to left
        • E. Rosario: Rosario doubled to deep center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Healy doubled to shallow right
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to center, Healy scored
        • M. Chapman: Chapman lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • Z. Granite: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Granite lined out to center
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • R. Lavarnway: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lavarnway walked
        • J. Brugman: Brugman lined out to second
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis singled to shallow left, Lavarnway to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to right
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to shallow left
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Healy grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Lowrie singled to shallow center
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to shallow right
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rosario walked, Escobar to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman reached on bunt single to pitcher, Escobar to third, Rosario to second
        • Z. Granite: Granite singled to center, Escobar and Rosario scored, Grossman to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Grossman to third, Granite to second
        • B. Dozier: Dozier reached on fielder's choice to third, Grossman out at home, Granite to third, Castro to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Chapman fouled out to third
        • R. Lavarnway: Ball, Lavarnway flied out to center
        • J. Brugman: Foul, Strike looking, Brugman singled to shallow right, Alonso to second
        • R. Davis: Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to first, Alonso to third, Brugman to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Semien fouled out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier singled to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to third, Dozier to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer popped out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Mejia Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis doubled to deep left
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien lined out to center
        • R. Healy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Healy doubled to left, Davis scored
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis popped out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)