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Twins, Gibson win 5-1 to delay A's postseason clinching

Twins begin final homestand of 2018 on Tuesday against Tigers

September 24, 2018 - 5:06 am

   OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) - Kyle Gibson allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings, Jake Cave hit a two-run homer and the Twins beat the Athletics 5-1 Sunday, preventing Oakland from clinching an AL wild-card berth in its last regular-season home game.

   Gibson (9-13) gave up seven hits and three walks. Trevor May, pitching on his 29th birthday, struck out Ramon Laureano with two on in the eighth and pitched around a one-out walk in the ninth for his first big league save.

   "For the last couple of years we've seen people celebrate when we're in town," Gibson said. "To be able to finish off the season and not have to watch anybody celebrate, kind of nice."

   Oakland won two of three over the weekend despite going 0 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the series, including seven at-bats Sunday.

   Trevor Cahill (6-4) allowed five runs - three earned - and five hits in 3 1/3 innings and was tagged with the loss.

   Cave hit a two-run homer in the first, but Matt Olson cut the lead in half in the second with his 28th homer.

   Minnesota added three runs in the fourth after Robbie Grossman singled with one out and Tyler Austin hit a potential double-play grounder to third baseman Matt Chapman, who threw the ball to the left of second baseman Chad Pinder and into right field for his 19th error.

   Max Kepler hit an RBI single, Ehire Adrianza chased Cahill with a run-scoring double and Chris Gimenez greeted Shawn Kelley with a sacrifice fly.

   Oakland leads Tampa Bay by 7 1/2 games and needs one win or a Rays loss to clinch its first playoff berth in four years. The A's remained 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, who have clinched a wild-card berth, and fell 4 1/2 games back of AL West-leading Houston.

   Minnesota went 29-52 on the road in 2018, and open their final home stand of the season Tuesday against the Tigers.

   The Twins play three against Detroit, then the White Sox come to town for four games, including a make-up doubleheader on Friday.

   The regular season finale is Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

   Gibson (9-13) gave up seven hits and three walks. Trevor May struck out Ramon Laureano with two on in the eighth and pitched around a one-out walk in the ninth for his first big league save.

   Oakland won two of three despite going 0 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the series, including seven at-bats Sunday.

   Trevor Cahill (6-4) allowed five runs - three earned - and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

   Cave hit a two-run homer in the first, but Matt Olson cut the lead in half in the second with his 28th homer.

   Minnesota added three runs in the fourth after Robbie Grossman singled with one out and Tyler Austin hit a potential double-play grounder to third baseman Matt Chapman, who threw the ball to the left of second baseman Chad Pinder and into right field for his 19th error.

   Max Kepler hit an RBI single, Ehire Adrianza chased Cahill with a run-scoring double and Chris Gimenez greeted Shawn Kelley with a sacrifice fly.

   Joe Mauer was 2 for 4. His fifth-inning single was his 3,072nd time reaching base, tying Harmon Killebrew's franchise record. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he's been communicating regularly with Mauer about his role in this week's six-game homestand. Mauer is contemplating retirement.

   "We haven't finalized how many games he will play throughout the course of the week, and which game of this particular campaign will be his last one," Molitor said.

   Twins catcher Mitch Garver (concussion) played catch on the field, but Molitor said it has not been determined whether he will play again this year. Garver has been out since he took a foul tip to his mask on Sept. 12.

    Molitor expects to make decisions on the playing status of infielders Miguel Sano (lower left leg bruise) and Logan Forsythe (left knee inflammation) on Tuesday.
 

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