Twins 4, Athletics 3(10)
Trevor Plouffe was able to make amends for his mistake. Daric
Barton did not.
Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning for his
season-high third RBI, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland
Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Pinch-hitter Delmon Young singled to open the inning and
advanced to third when Barton tried for the force at second base on
Alexi Casilla’s bunt but threw the ball into the outfield. After
Denard Span grounded out, Plouffe hit a flyball to right field off
Brian Fuentes (1-4).
”That’s baseball,” Plouffe said. ”Most teams will capitalize
on other people’s mistakes. They did when I made the error and we
did when they made the error.”
Barton came within 10 feet of tying the game in the 10th but
Michael Cuddyer made the catch on the warning track, ending the
”I was just trying to figure out if I was going to catch it in
the air or let it drop,” Barton said of his error. ”I had him at
second and just threw it away. Bad throw.”
Joe Nathan (1-1) got two outs for the win, pitching out of
trouble in the ninth. Matt Capps got three outs for his seventh
”Nathan made some great pitches and that’s what we’re looking
for him to do,” Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”We have been
keeping him away from situations to let him get his feet wet but
it’s time to push the envelope. We need him to make big pitches in
the seventh and eighth innings.”
Justin Morneau also drove in a run for the Twins, who have won
two straight following a nine-game losing streak.
”As easy as you lose games you can win games,” Plouffe
Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in two runs and Hideki Matsui added an
RBI single for the A’s, who fell a game behind Texas at the top of
the AL West.
”When you play that close, that late, you have to do everything
right to win,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. ”I never believe one
play here or there necessarily wins a game when you play 27 or even
Twins starter Carl Pavano, who was looking for his 100th career
win, allowed three runs – one earned – on six hits. He struck out
two and did not walk a batter. He made his first career start in
Oakland and has now started in every AL stadium.
A’s starter Brandon McCarthy also lasted seven innings, giving
up three runs on nine hits. He struck out one and did not walk a
McCarthy is winless in his last seven starts.
Morneau singled home a run in the first to give the Twins the
early edge. Morneau, who has been struggling all season, went 2 for
4 and is hitting .485 (16 for 33) with 13 RBIs over his last 10
games against the A’s.
Kouzmanoff singled home two runs in the second to put the A’s on
Plouffe, whose throwing error led to the A’s first two runs,
came back to drive in two runs in the third for a 3-2 Twins
”That’s what you want to do,” Plouffe said. ”I was fortunate
enough to come up with runners on second and third and less than
two outs twice.”
Matsui’s RBI single in the sixth tied it.
NOTES: The Twins hung a No. 3 jersey in their dugout to honor
the memory of slugger Harmon Killebrew. The team will continue the
practice the rest of the season. Players are also wearing patches
in his honor on their uniform sleeves. … Morneau is a career .313
hitter, with 43 RBIs, against the A’s. … A’s RHP Michael Wuertz
has not allowed a run in 10 of his 11 appearances this year. …
Twins’ LHP Glen Perkins has not allowed an earned run in 18 of his
21 appearances. … Barton had gone 24 consecutive games without
committing an error. He still leads the majors with six errors by a
first baseman. … A’s OF Coco Crisp was not with the team because
of a family issue.