Offensive outburst powers A's past Twins

BY foxsports • July 23, 2009

When Oakland pitching coach Curt Young ran to the mound after five pitches to tinker with Trevor Cahill's mechanics, it looked as if it could be a rough day for the Athletics.

When Cahill had to go down to the bullpen just one inning later to stay loose during a seven-run inning for Oakland's offense, the game had already been decided.

Rajai Davis drove in four runs, Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer and the A's jumped all over Minnesota starter Glen Perkins to beat the Twins 16-1 Wednesday in their highest scoring game in nearly two years.

The A's scored five runs in the first and seven in the second - just the second time in Oakland history they opened a game with back-to-back innings of five runs or more. With all of that hitting, Cahill needed to head to the bullpen in the bottom of the second just to stay loose.

"That's a good sign for the offense," Davis said. "We were able to get out there and score some runs which we have been able to do lately."

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