Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Dan Straily pitched seven innings of one-run ball while Josh Donaldson hit his first long ball of the season as the Oakland A’s completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins via a 6-1 win Thursday at Target Field.
Straily (1-1) gave up three hits with two walks and five strikeouts while Donaldson finished with three RBIs to help the A’s (6-3) notch a fourth straight victory.
Relievers Ryan Cook and Fernando Abad combined for two scoreless frames while Sam Fuld knocked in two runs for the A’s, who now have won nine straight games against Minnesota, outscoring the Twins, 86-27, during that time.
The A’s plated 21 runs in the three-game set and homered four times, including twice in the matinee finale. Sixteen of those runs came against Twins starters.
Mike Pelfrey (0-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts as the Twins dropped to 3-6 after suffering a third straight loss.
Straily’s only mistake came on his sixth pitch of the day, a first-pitch fastball to Brian Dozier that landed in the left-field stands for a 1-0 Twins lead.
Daric Barton drove in the A’s first run of the game in the second, following hits from Yoenis Cespedes and Alberto Callaspo, who finished with two hits.
Donaldson broke a 1-1 tie in the third with a two-run shot while Fuld added a two-run homer of his own in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Donaldson added an RBI single to his day in the sixth to give Oakland a 6-1 lead.
Meanwhile, despite’s Fuld performance, he could be taken off the A’s roster with the return of outfielder Craig Gentry.
If the A’s don’t want to lose the versatile Fuld, they could opt to either designate Barton for assignment or option struggling Josh Reddick to Triple-A.