Minnesota 4, Oakland 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, September 18, 2010 1:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 52°
Umpires - Home Plate - James Hoye, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck,
Attendance - 40847

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Oakland 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 8 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oakland 73-74 44-30 29-44 L1
Minnesota 89-59 49-24 40-35 W1

Recap

Danny Valencia's three-run homer broke a tie in the sixth inning in leading the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon.
 
The win reduced Minnesota's magic number to clinch its second straight American League Central title to six.
 
Starting pitchers Kevin Slowey and Dallas Braden were locked in a 1-1 tie when Joe Mauer led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Michael Cuddyer followed with a single. After Delmon Young flied out, Valencia homered to left on a 3-1 pitch.
 
Slowey (13-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, including Landon Powell's solo homer in the second. He struck out eight and walked one.
 
Braden (9-13) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.
 
Matt Capps pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances for the Twins and 40th overall for the season.
 
Akinori Iwamura had an RBI double in the seventh for Oakland.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Oakland   Minnesota
Dallas Braden Player Kevin Slowey
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.2
2 Strikeouts 8
8 Hits 5
6.00 ERA 2.70
Hitting
Oakland   Minnesota
Landon Powell Player Danny Valencia
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 3
1 HR 1
6 TB 5
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Oakland 5 1 10 .161 8 8 2 2 0 1
Minnesota 8 1 12 .258 22 6 4 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Oakland. The Twins have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .632 after a loss.
  • Oakland will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Athletics have a W/L % of .479 after a win and .514 after a loss.
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