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Minnesota1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7130
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  W: K. Stewart (2-1)   L: L. Hendriks (4-1)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, July 21, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 34,070

Hard-charging A's target Twins again

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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

The Minnesota Twins didn't have a three-game losing streak all season heading into the All-Star break, but the AL Central leaders will try to avoid their second three-game losing since then when they conclude their four-game series with the streaking Oakland A's on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Oakland, which has won eight of its last nine and is 21-6 over its last 27 games, bounced back from a tough 6-3 loss in Thursday night's series opener, which featured a game-winning pinch-hit three-run home run by Eddie Rosario.

The A's won the next two games, including a dramatic 5-4 victory on Saturday night highlighted by a two-out, two-run, go-ahead single by Khris Davis in the ninth inning.

The Twins had a chance to pull it out in the bottom of the ninth when they loaded the bases with one out. But All-Star reliever and former Twin Liam Hendriks got Mitch Garver to ground into a double play to end the game.

"When you do battle back, and end up losing a game, yeah, sure, it's definitely disappointing," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "To stand up here and say it's not would be lying."

"Nothing comes easy," third baseman said Miguel Sano, who hit his 14th home run of the season in the loss, a 443-foot drive into the third deck in left field. "We fight every day, and we play and compete."

Despite the loss, the Twins remained three games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

Minnesota will turn to right-hander Michael Pineda (6-5, 4.38 ERA) to pitch Sunday afternoon's finale. Oakland, which has a key three-game series at AL West-leading Houston starting Monday night, will counter with right-hander Daniel Mengden (5-1, 4.21).

Pineda has been steady for Minnesota in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, allowing more than three runs in a game just once in his last 12 starts. He is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in six career starts against Oakland.

Mengden will be making his first career start at Target Field and is 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in one start against the Twins. He has won his last four starts.

Saturday night's comeback win increased Oakland's lead for the second wild card spot to two games over Tampa Bay. The A's are just one percentage point out of the first wild card spot behind the Indians and 5 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL West.

"To come back, especially in the ninth against this team, overall it was probably the best win of the year," pitcher Brett Anderson said.

"It's certainly a game that felt most like a playoff atmosphere," added Mark Canha, who hit a two-run homer and also started Oakland's ninth-inning rally when he was hit by a pitch. "That's a great team over there. You can see why their record is so good. It was a crazy game. Yeah, that's a big one just to know that we can win a game like that."

"It was a pretty spirited game overall," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. "Both sides back and forth. About as close a game as you can get."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 21, 2019

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