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Gonsalves improves but Oakland wins Saturday night

August 26, 2018 - 7:23 am

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves was better in his second career outing for the Twins, but the righthander also gave up four runs in Oakland's 6-2 win Saturday night at Target Field.

   Jose Berrios is on the mound in Sunday's series finale, with the A's starting Chris Bassitt. 

   Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in four runs, Mike Fiers pitched effectively into the sixth inning to help the Athletics in their second straight victory after dropping Thursday's sereis opener.

   Lucroy had an RBI single in the first and a three-run homer in the fourth as the Athletics kept a four-game lead over Seattle in the wild-card chase.

   Fiers (10-6) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two to improve to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from Detroit on Aug. 6.

   Gonsalves (0-2) walked four and struck out two in his second career start.

   Lucroy put Oakland up 4-0 with his third homer. With one out, Chad Pinder and Mark Canha singled, but Pinder was thrown out at third on a perfect strike from right-fielder Jake Cave. Ramon Laureano walked and Lucroy sent the first pitch over the wall in left-center.

   Miguel Sano countered in the bottom half with his 12th homer, a 460-foot solo shot into the upper deck in left.

   Tyler Austin's 12th home run off Lou Trivino with one out in the seventh pulled the Twins to 4-2.

   "We kept fighting, we couldn't figure out Fiers particularly well except for Miggy getting ahold of one, which was good to see," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It's just one of those teams right now the way they're playing, the way they're pitching, it's a tough team to come back against."

   Oakland pushed the lead to 6-2 in the eighth on consecutive two-out RBI doubles by Matt Olson and Laureano.

   The Athletics took a 1-0 lead in the second when Pinder singled, Laureano walked and Lucroy lined a two-out single to left.

   Jim Thome, inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, was recognized at a pregame ceremony. Thome played almost two full seasons with the Twins in 2010 and 2011, hitting his 600th home run with Minnesota. 

   He hit 25 home runs in 2010 to help the Twins to the Central Division title.

   Twins righthander Michael Pineda (recovering Tommy John surgery) had his Monday rehab start with Triple-A Rochester canceled due to irritation in his right knee.

   Pineda is scheduled to return to Minnesota for an MRI.