Nearing top of the AL ranks, home run-happy A’s slug their way to win over Twins

The home run ball fueled the A’s 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in Minneapolis.

The A’s hit four total in the win. Ramón Laureano’s eighth home run of the year hit the second deck at Target Field and gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the third. Sean Murphy hit the second deck, too with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, scoring Seth Brown, who had walked.

Stephen Piscotty success against Minnesota starter Matt Shoemaker heading into Friday’s game. He hit a home run off him in the sixth, a two-run shot to extend the A’s lead to 5-0. Mark Canha, out of the lineup for a day off, hit a pinch hit home run off Twins reliever Derek Law in the eighth. The A’s 51 home runs ties them for second in the American League with the New York Yankees, one home run behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

Frankie allowed just a Josh Donaldson home run in his third straight win. He cruised through six innings and surrendered four hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

Burch Smith allowed a pair of hits in his inning of relief, but escaped the jam in a clean inning and a strikeout.

Yusmeiro Petit made his 20th appearance of the season, leading all A’s relievers.

Chad Pinder drew a walk in his first at-bat since the first week of the season, a pinch hit at-bat in the ninth inning.

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Author: Shayna Rubin