Apr 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily (67) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Finish Off Sweep In Minnesota Behind Dan Straily, Strong Bats


Dan Straily allowed three hits over seven innings and Josh Donaldson and Sam Fuld homered Thursday as the Oakland Athletics finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 6-1 victory at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Target Field has a reputation for being pitcher-friendly, but the A’s (6-3) piled up 21 runs in the three-game sweep.

Straily (1-1) allowed only a first inning homer to Brian Dozier before settling in. He allowed just the one run on three hits with two walks in seven innings, striking out five.

Oakland got the run back in the second against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (0-2), Yoenis Cespedes and Alberto Callaspo hit consecutive one-out singles and after a forceout, Daric Barton drove in Callaspo with a single to left.

Donaldson hit his first homer of the season after Jed Lowrie walked in the third to put the A’s up 3-1, driving a shot to the opposite field.

After Nick Punto drew a one-out walk in the fourth, Sam Fuld connected for his first homer of the season—and just the sixth of his career in 837 plate appearances—when he lined a shot to right field.

The A’s chased Pelfrey before he could record an out in the sixth. Punto and Fuld led off with back-to-back singles. Samuel Duduno came on in relief and Lowrie rifled a single to right.

Punto was out at the plate trying to score from second, with runners moving up a base on the throw.

Donaldson lined a single to center that scored Fuld, but Lowrie was thrown out by center fielder Aaron Hicks—the second runner thrown out at the plate in the inning.

Ryan Cook walked one in a scoreless eighth and Fernando Abad struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Pelfrey was roughed up for six runs in five innings as the Twins (3-6) lost their third straight.

Fuld, Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Cespedes and Callaspo each had two hits as Oakland banged out 13 hits on the day.

The A’s visit Seattle on Friday, with Tommy Milone scheduled to make his season debut for Oakland. Felix Hernandez (2-0, 1.88 ERA) is slated to start for the Mariners, with game time set for 7:10 p.m.

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