OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Minnesota manager
was a little anxious as Oakland piled up five runs in the ninth inning, forcing him to use closer
in what looked like a lopsided victory.
He sure enjoyed the offensive display, though, and was able to enjoy the game after all.
each hit a home run,
took a shutout in the ninth, and the Twins ended a three-game losing streak with a 10-5 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday
''A win is a win is a win,'' Gardenhire said. ''Baker threw the ball very, very well. He just kind of ran out of gas there
in the ninth. The first at-bat he had a heck of a battle then he couldn't finish it and then it got a little crazy there.''
Baker (4-6) faced one batter over the minimum through eight innings and then allowed the first three hitters of the ninth
to reach base, touching off an A's rally that featured five runs on three hits, four walks and an error.
''We walked too many people and missed at least two plays at second base,'' Gardenhire said. ''You have to get outs there.
We're trying to do a little too, and we end up with our closer in the game.''
Former first overall draft pick
drove in three runs for the Twins, who scored more runs than in their previous four games combined.
added two RBIs and
had three hits.
''A great night for our offense, beating the ball around,'' Gardenhire said. ''We scored some runs, and then made it entertaining
at the end. What more do you want? Everybody got their money's worth.''
Baker remained undefeated against the A's in four starts after allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked
one as he pitched at least seven shutout innings for the sixth time in his career. He was within three outs of his second
career shutout, but the Twins needed Nathan to strike out a pair of batters with the bases loaded to record his 12th save
in 14 chances to hang on.
''Basically what it comes down to is what I'm doing differently than in previous starts and that's pitching better out of
the stretch,'' Baker said. ''I'm keeping damage to a minimum. Everything was working really well and then I got to that ninth
inning and got a little dicey there.''
(3-6) allowed five runs on a season-high 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings as the A's had their seven-game winning streak stopped.
He walked one and struck out five.
''I was one pitch away from a good start but I couldn't get out of the sixth,'' Anderson said. ''I was up in the zone quite
a bit and it was only a matter of time before they took advantage.''
, who had two hits and drove in two runs, singled in the first and
doubled and stole third in the third for the A's. After Kennedy was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth, Baker retired the
next 14 hitters before
led off the ninth with a single.
The Twins scored eight runs combined through their first four games on the road trip. This time every Twins starter either
recorded a hit or scored a run.
Young singled home a run in the second as the Twins grabbed the early lead. Anderson retired 11 of the next 12 batters before
Morneau led off the sixth with his 16th home run. He later added an RBI single. Young and Gomez each added two-out doubles
to make it 5-0.
''The game took a severe turn when Brett got in some trouble and the bullpen couldn't hold them,'' A's manager
said. ''A loss is a loss and still hurts but making
get a save means it was a good ending to a loss.''
was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and the A's optioned IF
to Sacramento. ... Twins OF
left the game after the top of the third inning with dizziness. ... A's 3B coach
missed the game to attend his daughter's graduation. A's Director of Minor League Operations Keith Lieppeman filled in on
the baselines. ... Morneau's sixth-inning home run ended a four-game drought for the Twins. ... Crede left the game in the
eighth with a bruised left forearm.