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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, July 19, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 31,082

Odorizzi, Twins go for two in a row over A's

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins

  1. Oakland hit six home runs yesterday, becoming the third team in MLB to homer at least six times in multiple games this season (Twins, Dodgers). Today's opponent, the Twins, have hit at least six homers four times this season, the most such games by any team since the 2003 Red Sox (also four games).
  2. The A's have the longest active winning streak in MLB (six games) and since the midpoint in June (at which point the A's were 35-35), Oakland has gone 20-6, best in MLB. Over that span, Oakland's 163 runs are tied for second in MLB (Giants, 176) while also leading MLB in runs allowed (83).
  3. The Twins have lost three straight for the first time in 2019. They allowed 14 runs on Wednesday, tied for their most allowed in a game this season. Prior to that game, the Twins had held opponents to a single-digit run total in 38 straight games, tied for the longest such streak by any AL team in 2019 (Red Sox).
  4. In his last seven games, Ramon Laureano has 12 hits, five home runs, and 11 runs. The only other American Leaguer to reach those marks over a seven-game span in 2019 is George Springer. Laureano is the first A's player to meet these marks over seven games since Miguel Tejada in 2003.
  5. Mitch Garver's home run yesterday was his 15th of the season, to go along with his 37 runs scored in 48 games this season. The last catchers with 15+ home runs and 37+ runs scored in fewer games in a season were Ivan Rodriguez in 2000 (39) and Roy Campanella in 1953 (40 games).
  6. Luis Arraez reached base for the 50th time of his career yesterday, his 31st career game. The last Twins player to reach base 50 times in fewer career games was Chuck Knoblauch in 1991 (30 games), and the last player in MLB to do so in fewer games was Rhys Hoskins in 2017 (29 games).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

The Minnesota Twins snapped their longest losing streak of the season in dramatic fashion in Thursday night's series opener with the Oakland A's in Minneapolis.

Eddie Rosario hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning to put Minnesota in front 4-3 and Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron added solo home runs an inning later in a 6-3 victory that ended a modest three-game losing stretch by the American League Central leaders.

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (11-4, 3.06 ERA) will try to make it two in a row for the Twins on Friday night against Oakland, which will counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt (6-4, 3.98).

Odorizzi, who missed the All-Star Game because of a blister on his throwing hand, won his first start after the break, 6-2 at Cleveland on Saturday. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings and left after throwing 89 pitches.

Odorizzi is just 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in seven career starts against the A's including an 8-6 loss on July 2 at Oakland. He allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks in just three-plus innings before departing with the blister problem.

Bassitt is 0-0 with a 1.54 ERA in four games (one start) against Minnesota in his career. He has won two of his last three starts and comes in off a 13-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday during which he tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Oakland, which had a six-game winning streak snapped with the Thursday night loss, is 36-17 since May 16 and 12-3 over its last 15 games. Second baseman Jurickson Profar hit a two-run homer in the series opener, his third in two games. That extended Oakland's streak with a home run to 18 games.

"He's been hitting some homers, period, but it seems like he's getting better at-bats right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Profar. "I think he's more comfortable at second base. He's making some good plays and turning some double plays. ... He's playing well right now."

Profar looked as if he was going to be the hero on Thursday night when his long blast into the second deck in the sixth inning off Kyle Gibson gave Oakland a 3-1 lead. But Rosario put the Twins ahead to stay in the seventh with his three-run shot off the facing of the second deck in right on the first pitch by reliever Yusmeiro Petit.

Rosario's 21st home run of the season was the first pinch-hit homer of the season for Minnesota, which leads the majors with 177 home runs.

"It was an awesome feeling," said Rosario, who was serenaded with chants of "Eddie! Eddie!"

"He loves being in those situations," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "I think he fully expected to hit a home run because that's what he does. He's come through in so many situations, big spots. His confidence is not lacking, and that's a huge asset for him. That's a trait that's going to carry him a long way. He's just a really talented guy that can do some really interesting things out there."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 19, 2019

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