Rosario's pinch-hit 3-run HR lifts Twins in 6-3 win vs. A's

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After their dominant start to the season, the Minnesota Twins were starting to sag a bit.

With one powerful swing Thursday through that thick midsummer night air, Eddie Rosario provided quite the jolt.

The pinch-hitting Rosario produced a go-ahead, three-run homer on the first pitch from reliever Yusmeiro Petit in the seventh inning, and the Twins beat Oakland 6-3 to stop a five-game winning streak by the Athletics.

''He does love being in these situations,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''I think he fully expected to hit a home run.''

Rosario gave the Twins their first pinch-hit homer of the year and the third of his career. Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron each went deep in the eighth to pad the lead, and Taylor Rogers pitched two scoreless innings for his 14th save in 17 tries to ensure the end of a season-high three-game losing streak by the Twins.

''I saw everybody kind of put their heads down in the dugout. That moment lifted everybody up, and that's what I was trying to do,'' said Rosario, who screamed at his exuberant teammates as he ran along the first base line. ''Keep everybody together and pump everyone up.''

The A's, who have surged into the wild card race with 12 wins in their last 15 games, used an RBI double by Khris Davis in the fourth inning and Jurickson Profar's two-run home run in sixth off Kyle Gibson to take a 3-1 lead.

The Twins trailed entering the seventh against A's starter Mike Fiers, who was 7-0 with a 2.09 ERA over his previous 12 turns starting with his no-hitter on May 7. Luis Arraez, the rookie second baseman who has provided an unexpected midseason spark, doubled with one out before Miguel Sano drew a walk.

Fiers was pulled for Petit (2-2), the most-used pitcher in the major leagues with 49 appearances, and Rosario crushed the right-hander's 90 mph fastball off the videoboard facade beneath the second deck in right-center while admiring the trajectory before his trot around the bases. Petit said he tried to aim down and away, but the ball caught a little too much of the middle of the plate.

''Pretty good pitch,'' he said.

That was Rosario's 21st home run, his first since June 23 due to a stint on the injured list for a sprained left ankle, and he obliged the Target Field crowd of 28,432 with a curtain call.

''Just about everybody was on the top step,'' said Gibson (9-4), who finished seven innings for the victory. ''You can feel those moments, and that was going to be the inning we were going to do it. It was pretty exciting to see it off the bat.''

With Cleveland on a five-game winning streak to whittle the AL Central lead to four games, the smallest since May 19, the Twins badly needed this jolt from Rosario, who was held out of the original lineup along with All-Star shortstop Jorge Polanco for pre-planned rest. Center fielder Byron Buxton has also been notably absent this week because of concussion-like symptoms, and the atmosphere around the ballpark felt a little off until Rosario's big swing.

''The energy everywhere in the building changed after that,'' Baldelli said.

FIERS FADES

Fiers threw only 89 pitches, but the heat factored into manager Bob Melvin's decision to remove him. Fiers also had the misfortune of glancing at the scoreboard and seeing Gibson's pitch count of 106, mistakenly believing it was his.

''Mentally, it crushed me,'' Fiers said.

LOOK OUT!

With the first-pitch temperature at 87 degrees on an extra-muggy night, home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott was hit with a double whammy when Cron's foul ball banged off his mask. He was removed from the game, with Bruce Dreckman moving from second base to fill in after a delay of about 10 minutes. After the unexpected break, Fiers finished the inning with one pitch by completing his strikeout of Cron.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

For the second time this week, the Twins dropped a reliever from the roster, this time designating right-hander for assignment Matt Magill, who gave up six unearned runs in one inning Wednesday. Right-hander Kohl Stewart was recalled from Triple-A to take his place, creating a fourth opening on the 40-man roster for potential trades in the next two weeks before the deadline.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: All-Star 3B Matt Chapman was on the bench with a sore left ankle, after being removed from the previous game after two innings.

Twins: Buxton participated in pregame baseball activities on the field and, according to Baldelli, was ''energy-wise doing very well.'' He's eligible to return on Monday, but Baldelli declined to speculate about whether he would be immediately reinstated.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (6-4, 3.98 ERA), who threw six shutout innings last week in a win against Chicago, takes the mound on Friday night.

Twins: All-Star RHP Jake Odorizzi (11-4, 3.06 ERA), who is 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA in six starts at home this season, pitches the second game of the series.

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  • W: K. Gibson (9-4)L: Y. Petit (2-2)S: T. Rogers (14)
  • HR: OAK - J. Profar (14), MIN - C. Cron (18), E. Rosario (21), M. Garver (16)
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M. Olson 1B40100021.256.337.559.8960.0
M. Canha RF40100002.254.383.551.9351.0
R. Laureano CF42300010.280.328.504.8324.5
K. Davis DH40110013.232.301.418.7182.5
J. Profar 2B41121004.217.280.408.6887.0
C. Pinder 3B40100021.245.287.418.7050.0
J. Phegley C40000003.244.285.427.7120.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF30100111.261.332.523.8551.5
    M. Garver C41111012.297.376.6341.0105.5
    N. Cruz DH40100001.270.361.543.9041.0
    M. Gonzalez LF-RF40100011.263.325.417.7420.5
    C. Cron 1B41111011.265.324.502.8255.5
    L. Arraez 2B21100200.382.453.510.9635.0
    M. Sano 3B22100201.236.324.545.8705.0
    J. Cave RF20100011.198.330.309.6390.5
    a- E. Rosario PH-LF11131000.284.312.533.8458.0
    E. Adrianza SS20000001.278.372.405.7760.0
    K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-homered for Cave in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Davis (7)
    • HR - J. Profar (14)
    • RBI - K. Davis (46), J. Profar 2 (47)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar 2 (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Canha 2 (2), J. Profar 2 (2), J. Phegley 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Arraez (7)
    • HR - M. Garver (16), C. Cron (18), E. Rosario (21)
    • SH - E. Adrianza
    • RBI - M. Garver (38), C. Cron (55), E. Rosario 3 (64)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Gonzalez, C. Cron, M. Sano, E. Adrianza
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Pinder-Profar-Olson; Olson-Pinder; Pinder-Profar-Olson)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Arraez (2), M. Sano (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers6.16334403.641.1310.0
    Y. Petit (L, 2-2) (BS, 1)0.21110112.530.84-6.5
    L. Trivino0.22220024.641.52-4.0
    W. Wang0.10001001.470.82-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers6.1
    Y. Petit (L, 2-2) (BS, 1)0.2
    L. Trivino0.2
    W. Wang0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 9-4)7.06330714.021.2325.5
    T. Rogers (S, 14)2.02000101.610.9411.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 9-4)7.0
    T. Rogers (S, 14)2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Fiers (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 89-55, Y. Petit 8-5, L. Trivino 17-10, W. Wang 14-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-3, L. Trivino 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, Y. Petit 3, L. Trivino 4, W. Wang 2
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Gibson (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 106-73, T. Rogers 26-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 11-5, T. Rogers 3-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 29, T. Rogers 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Semien SS50000010.268.345.447.792-0.5
    R. Grossman LF40000011.256.353.388.741-0.5
    M. Olson 1B40100021.256.337.559.8960.0
    M. Canha RF40100002.254.383.551.9351.0
    R. Laureano CF42300010.280.328.504.8324.5
    K. Davis DH40110013.232.301.418.7182.5
    J. Profar 2B41121004.217.280.408.6887.0
    C. Pinder 3B40100021.245.287.418.7050.0
    J. Phegley C40000003.244.285.427.7120.0
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    Y. Petit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Kepler CF30100111.261.332.523.8551.5
      M. Garver C41111012.297.376.6341.0105.5
      N. Cruz DH40100001.270.361.543.9041.0
      M. Gonzalez LF-RF40100011.263.325.417.7420.5
      C. Cron 1B41111011.265.324.502.8255.5
      L. Arraez 2B21100200.382.453.510.9635.0
      M. Sano 3B22100201.236.324.545.8705.0
      J. Cave RF20100011.198.330.309.6390.5
      a- E. Rosario PH-LF11131000.284.312.533.8458.0
      E. Adrianza SS20000001.278.372.405.7760.0
      K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSAB
      M. Kepler CF3
      M. Garver C4
      N. Cruz DH4
      M. Gonzalez LF-RF4
      C. Cron 1B4
      L. Arraez 2B2
      M. Sano 3B2
      J. Cave RF2
      a- E. Rosario PH-LF1
      E. Adrianza SS2
      K. Gibson P0
      T. Rogers P0
      Total28
      • a-homered for Cave in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Davis (7)
      • HR - J. Profar (14)
      • RBI - K. Davis (46), J. Profar 2 (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar 2 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Canha 2 (2), J. Profar 2 (2), J. Phegley 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Arraez (7)
      • HR - M. Garver (16), C. Cron (18), E. Rosario (21)
      • SH - E. Adrianza
      • RBI - M. Garver (38), C. Cron (55), E. Rosario 3 (64)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Gonzalez, C. Cron, M. Sano, E. Adrianza
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Pinder-Profar-Olson; Olson-Pinder; Pinder-Profar-Olson)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Arraez (2), M. Sano (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers6.16334403.641.1310.0
      Y. Petit (L, 2-2) (BS, 1)0.21110112.530.84-6.5
      L. Trivino0.22220024.641.52-4.0
      W. Wang0.10001001.470.82-1.0
      Total8.0966553---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers6.1
      Y. Petit (L, 2-2) (BS, 1)0.2
      L. Trivino0.2
      W. Wang0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 9-4)7.06330714.021.2325.5
      T. Rogers (S, 14)2.02000101.610.9411.5
      Total9.0833081---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 9-4)7.0
      T. Rogers (S, 14)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fiers (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 89-55, Y. Petit 8-5, L. Trivino 17-10, W. Wang 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-3, L. Trivino 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, Y. Petit 3, L. Trivino 4, W. Wang 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 106-73, T. Rogers 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 11-5, T. Rogers 3-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 29, T. Rogers 8
      • 8TH INNING
        Cron homered to left36
        Garver homered to center35
      • 7TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right center, Arraez and Sano scored34
      • 6TH INNING
        Profar homered to right, Laureano scored31
      • 4TH INNING
        Davis doubled to left, Laureano scored11
      • 3RD INNING
        Sano scored, Cave to third on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Ball, Phegley popped out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Kyle Gibson
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Olson grounded out to second
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha singled to left
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Laureano singled to left, Canha to second
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Ball, Profar flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lou Trivino relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garver homered to center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to right
        • C. Cron: Cron homered to left
        • Wei-Chung Wang relieved Lou Trivino
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arraez walked
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sano lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Phegley grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Cron grounded out to second
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez doubled to deep right center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Mike Fiers
        • Eddie Rosario hit for Jake Cave
        • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right center, Arraez and Sano scored
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza lined out to right
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Foul, Foul, Canha grounded out to third
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Laureano singled to shallow left center
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Davis lined out to left
        • J. Profar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Profar homered to right, Laureano scored
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Kepler singled to right
        • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Garver grounded into double play third to second to first, Kepler out at second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Cruz singled to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Gonzalez popped out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Semien grounded bunt out to catcher
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arraez walked
        • M. Sano: Sano singled to left, Arraez to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Arraez out at third, Arraez out at second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Cave struck out on foul tip
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza reached on fielder's choice to second, Sano out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Laureano singled to right
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Laureano to second on wild pitch, Foul, Davis doubled to left, Laureano scored
        • J. Profar: Profar grounded out to first, Davis to third
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Foul, Phegley flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike swinging, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz fouled out to first
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • C. Cron: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Grossman lined out to center
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Olson singled to right center
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cave singled to right, Sano to second
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza hit sacrifice bunt to third, Sano to third, Cave to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Sano scored, Cave to third on wild pitch, Kepler lined into double play first to third, Cave out at third
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Davis safe at first on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error
        • J. Profar: Ball, Profar flied out to left
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder singled to right center, Davis to third
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien safe at first on 2nd baseman Arraez throwing error, Semien to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to third
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Canha popped out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cruz grounded into double play third to second to first, Kepler out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)