Despite having the game delayed two hours due to sewage flooding and a downpour of rain, the Oakland Athletics dominated the Minnesota Twins 9-1 on Saturday at the O.co Coliseum, lowering their magic number to clinch the division to one.
The A’s knocked Twins’ starter Pedro Hernandez out of the game after just two innings, collecting eight hits and six runs against the southpaw. After scoring a run in the first, Oakland put up a crooked number of five runs in the second. Yoenis Cespedes scored two runs with a clutch two-out single, and Alberto Callaspo followed with a two-run homer to put the A’s up 6-0.
Meanwhile, Jarrod Parker was solid for the A’s, rebounding from a rough start against the Angels earlier this week. Parker allowed just four hits and a run in six innings, collecting his 12th win of the season.
Just for good measure, the A’s smacked around the Twins’ bullpen as well, with Kurt Suzuki and Cespedes hitting home runs in the later innings that stretched the lead even further. Oakland pounded out 16 hits against a Twins team that has now lost nine of its last 11 games.
With the Rangers winning in Kansas City, the A’s will have to wait until tomorrow to clinch the division with a win.