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A's feast on Twins bullpen to pull away for 6-2 win

Twins off on Monday before starting 3-game series at Cleveland

August 27, 2018 - 4:57 am

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Twins' bullpen was shredded again by the Oakland Athletics, who put up three runs on five hits in less than three innings against relievers Matt Magill and Taylor Rogers in their 6-2 win Sunday at Target Field.

   Starter Jose Berrios took the loss, and the relievers weren't able to keep the game close enough for the Twins' offense to catch up in the back half of the game.

   Tyler Austin, acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline in a deal for pitcher Lance Lynn, had two solo homers, giving him six with the Twins and 14 on the season. Austin had a pair of two-homer games this season with New York.

    "I'm just looking to compete and have good at-bats every single day, and hopefully good things will happen," said Austin, hitting .333 with five multi-hit games since joining the Twins.

   Berrios (11-9) allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings whle battling a stomach illness.

   "You can't do anything about it. That's the unfortunate part. His day comes up, and that's the one day where he's not feeling his normal self," Molitor said. "It happened to be a day game too, which has been a little bit of a stickler for him. We're not sure what the solution there is, if there's really something there to address."

   Matt Chapman homered twice, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs with a homer and double, and the Athletics' bullpen preserved an effective outing by call-up Chris Bassitt.

   Oakland won three of four over the weekend at Target Field to boost their lead over Seattle to five games for the AL's second wild card spot. The Mariners fell to Arizona 5-2 on Sunday.

   The A's are 1 1/2 games behind the Astros in the A.L West, and open a three-game series Monday in Houston.

   Chapman homered in the first and then opened the seventh with his 20th homer. Lowrie followed with his 21st homer to put Oakland up 6-2.

   Bassitt, called up Sunday from Triple-A Nashville for the sixth time this season, allowed one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings .Ryan Buchter (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.

   The A's improved to 56-0 when leading after seven innings, the only team in the majors that has not lost when leading after seven.

   Stephen Piscotty's 18th homer put the A's up 4-1 in the sixth. Austin answered in the bottom half off Yusmerio Petit.

   Lowrie put the A's in front 3-1 with a two-run double in the fifth. Nick Martini and Chapman opened with consecutive singles. Lowrie followed with a drive high off the right-field wall, but was thrown out at third trying for a triple.

   The Twins threatened in the bottom half when Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch with two outs and Jorge Polanco singled, but Miguel Sano was retired on a hard-hit liner to left.

   Chapman, who entered tied for most extra-base hits (25) in the majors since the All-Star break, staked Oakland to a 1-0 lead in the first with his 19th homer, a one-out solo shot down the left-field line.

   Austin brought the Twins even in the fourth with his 13th homer, a 451-foot blast to straightaway center.

   Joe Mauer grounded out to open the bottom of the first on a long throw from deep in the hole by shortstop Marcus Semien. The Twins challenged and the call was overturned after a review of 58 seconds, giving Mauer a single.

   Jed Lowrie was thrown out at third in the fifth-inning trying to stretch a two-run double off the right-field wall into a triple. The A's challenged, but the call was upheld after a review estimated at 1 minute, 24 seconds.

   Twins shortstp Jorge Polanco left after five innings with leg cramps and tightness.

   In the minor leagues, outfielder Byron Buxton (left wrist strain) continues to progress on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.

   Buxton had one hit in three at-bats Saturday, after going 0-for-4 on Friday, and was expected to play Sunday.

   "Last night, he got a hit, got a double, chased some off-speed pitches, got hit by a pitch and threw a guy out at the plate," Molitor said. "He's playing and I think that's what we're looking for. Today will be his third consecutive game down there."

    Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-10, 3.63) is on the mound on Tuesday to open a three-game series at Cleveland.

    After two consecutive victories in which he pitched seven innings each time, Gibson allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, but only four of the runs were earned. He is 3-8 with a 5.28 in his career against the Indians.