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American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Oakland

2:08 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Coco Crisp clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a four-game set at O.co Coliseum.

Jed Lowrie laced a tiebreaking three-run homer to cap Oakland's four-run sixth and give the A's a 6-3 cushion, but the Twins tagged Oakland's bullpen for three runs over the next two frames to even the score.

Shairon Martis (0-1) issued a leadoff walk to Daric Barton to start the home half of the eighth and after Alberto Callaspo fanned, Crisp stroked a 2-1 fastball into the seats in right-center field to put the A's in front.

Sean Doolittle (5-5) recorded the final out of the eighth before retiring the Twins in order in the ninth to pick up the win.

Callaspo added a solo shot in the sixth, while Josh Reddick registered an RBI and a run scored for the A's, who won for the seventh time in their last nine games to trim their magic number to four games to clinch their second straight AL West crown.

Oswaldo Arcia smacked a solo homer and scored twice for the Twins, who have dropped seven of their last nine games.

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