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Walk-off again; Davis crushes Twins comeback in 7-6 Oakland win

Twins 6-run sixth inning is wasted

September 22, 2018 - 7:18 am

   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Khris Davis hit his second homer of the night leading off the bottom of the 10th inning for career-high No. 45, sending the Oakland Athletics past the Twins 7-6 on Friday night.

   Davis hit a 1-1 pitch from Matt Magill (3-3) over the fence in right-center for his fourth career walkoff homer. It marked the slugger's 22nd multihomer game and seventh this season.

   It was the 14th time this season that the Twins have lost in walk-off fashion, more than any other team in 2018. Ten of those losses have been by a home run, another major-league high.

   He hit a two-run homer in the first, then connected again to end it, lowering the A's magic number of three to clinch a wild card.

    "Davis, a guy you kind of want to avoid beating you, hits a couple of homers," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. 

   Pinch-hitter Mark Canha hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth after Minnesota went ahead in the top of the inning.

   The Twins lost in walkoff fashion for the 14th time in 2018, 10th via the home run. Minnesota had its four-game winning streak snapped.

   Oakland remained 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Astros in the AL West, 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the top wild card and 6 1/2 ahead of the Rays for the second wild card.

   Blake Treinen (8-3) pitched the ninth for the A's, coming off a 21-3 win against the Angels and 31 runs the past two games as they rebounded from a rare three-game losing streak.

   Canha connected for his second career pinch homer, also done July 14 at San Francisco, and that chased Gabriel Moya.

   Jorge Polanco hit a go-ahead, three-run double in Minnesota's six-run sixth and Robbie Grossman had a two-run homer in the inning.

   Jonathan Lucroy added a sacrifice fly as the A's won a third straight game following a rare three-game skid.

   Minnesota starter Jose Berrios struck out eight with three walks over 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits.

   Right-hander Liam Hendriks began as the A's "opener" to throw an inning before Chris Bassitt followed with four innings.

   The Twins are 4-17 in Oakland since the start of the 2012 season - Minnesota's most in a city outside the AL Central stops and topping 16 defeats at Yankee Stadium during that stretch.

   The Twins haven't won a series at the Coliseum since May 18-19, 2011, and have two more games to go in Oakland this weekend.

   There's been another setback for hird baseman Miguel Sano, who went from Detroit back to Minneapolis for further tests as he continues to deal with discomfort behind his left knee from a hard slide Sept. 4.

   Infielder Logan Forsythe woke up with inflammation in his left knee and it's "not functioning," according to manager Paul Molitor. "The hills of San Francisco is our best guess," Molitor said.

   An MRI on LF Eddie Rosario's right quadriceps muscle showed inflammation. He might return this season, though the Twins will see him Tuesday to determine if there has been progress.

   Pitcher Addison Reed is away from the team as he and his wife prepare to welcome a baby.

    Chase De Jong (0-1, 3.68 ERA) makes his third start of the season for the Twins. Mike Fiers starts for the Athletics.