Home runs lead to Oakland rout of Minnesota
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson homered, Alberto Callaspo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Bartolo Colon pitched six shutout innings as the Oakland Athletics trimmed their magic number to two, with an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Josh Reddick had two hits and also drove in a run for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. The A's can clinch their second consecutive AL West title with a win Saturday combined with a Texas Rangers loss.
Colon (17-6) won his third straight start, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out eight, one off his season high.
Andrew Albers (2-4) lost his fourth straight decision after giving up eight runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over 4 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar each had two hits for the Twins, who have lost four of five.
Colon extended his scoreless streak to 19 innings, dating to the first inning of the A's 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sept. 8.
Tommy Milone threw two scoreless innings and Evan Scribner finished the game.
The Twins made a season-high four errors and the A's took full advantage with five unearned runs in the fifth inning. Escobar was charged with two errors.
The A's loaded the bases with two outs against Albers. Escobar dove to nab Chris Young's sharp grounder down the third base line and then rushed his throw, which skipped past Chris Parmelee and into the Twins bullpen, allowing all three runners to score.
Ryan Pressly took over for Albers and gave up an RBI single to Callaspo, who later scored on a wild pitch.
Cespedes homered leading off the second and Donaldson hit his home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth.
The A's manual scoreboard operator waited for a break in the action to post on a final on the Royals' 2-1 win over the Rangers, drawing a thunderous applause from the sellout crowd of 36,067, many of whom were in attendance for the Star Wars themed fireworks show afterward.
NOTES: Twins IF Trevor Plouffe was not in the starting lineup because of a left wrist problem. ... The Twins have winning records against every team in the AL West except the A's. ... Willingham is hitting .396 (19 for 48) against his former team since 2012. ... LHP Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.26) is slated to make the start for the Twins on Saturday. He has three successive no decisions, though the Twins won all three games. ... RHP Jarrod Parker (11-7, 3.81) gets the start for the A's. Parker had his 19-game unbeaten streak end in his last start. ... Cespedes (shoulder) was in the lineup as the DH and will not play in the OF for a while. ... A's C John Jaso, who turned 30 on Thursday and has not played since July 24 due to concussions, will increase his baseball activities. ... A's IF Nate Freiman was not available because of an abdominal strain.