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A’s/Giants roundup: Crisp’s blast helps Oakland top Minnesota

Josh Reddick

Oakland's Josh Reddick slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Vogt during the fourth inning as the A's defeated the Twins, 8-6 on Thursday. AP photo

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From page B8 | September 21, 2013 |

OAKLAND — Coco Crisp will never call himself a home run hitter. He is just a versatile leadoff man who happens to have 21 home runs for the Oakland Athletics.

Plenty of important ones at that. His latest moved the A’s one step closer to another AL West title.

Crisp connected for a go-ahead two-run drive in the eighth inning, and the Athletics lowered their magic number to clinch the division to four with a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

“You can’t focus on one guy because everybody has that potential,” Crisp said. “We definitely have a lot of threats in our lineup and it takes a lot of pressure off one guy to be a run producer.”

Brian Dozier hit a tying RBI single in the top half of the eighth, then Oakland rallied once more just as this club has done so many times the past two seasons. Crisp connected for his 21st home run on a 2-1 pitch from Shairon Martis (0-1).

Jed Lowrie’s three-run homer put the A’s ahead 6-3 in the sixth after pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo tied it with a solo shot, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Sean Doolittle (5-5) recorded the final four outs for the victory to end the 3-hour, 41-minute game in front of just 11,461 fans.

Crisp’s 21 leadoff homers are tied for most in the majors.

“That was awesome,” pitcher Dan Straily said. “It was clutch. He’s been doing that for us all season.”

Callaspo’s two-out drive was his second career pinch-hit homer, his eighth clout this season and third since joining Oakland before the trade deadline. Crisp then came through with a single to chase Brian Duensing (6-3), then Lowrie followed Josh Donaldson’s single with his 13th home run.

Stephen Vogt hit a sacrifice fly and Josh Reddick had an RBI double for the A’s, who remained 6 1-2 games ahead of Texas in the division race after the Rangers won 8-2 at Tampa Bay.

“I know we’re close,” Crisp said. “We’ve got to keep the same philosophy. Hopefully we can get there and win this division.”

Oswaldo Arcia homered in the seventh for the Twins, who lost for the seventh time in nine games that included dropping two of three to the A’s at home last week. But Minnesota is holding out hope catcher Joe Mauer will recover from his concussion in time to play again before the season ends.

“They kept coming up with the big hits and getting the lead,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We kept coming back and finally we got lead, and they jumped us again. Not only did they jump us, they hit them in the seats. If we could have kept them in the ballpark we might have had a better opportunity to win it. It seemed like everyone we brought gave up home runs tonight, and that hasn’t been the norm.”

Straily had his four-start winning streak snapped but remains unbeaten in six starts since dropping a 7-1 decision to Cleveland on Aug. 17. Straily still received a warm ovation when he exited in the sixth.

Minnesota loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but Straily worked out of it.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the third. Chris Parmelee beat out an infield single leading off the inning but shortstop Lowrie’s wild throw trying to make the play sailed into the dugout as Parmelee advanced. He then beat a throw home on Alex Presley’s RBI groundout.

In the sixth, Straily threw two wild pitches that allowed Arcia to go from first to second and then to third. Josh Willingham drew a two-out walk and A’s manager Bob Melvin went to the bullpen. Dan Otero relieved and gave up Yosmil Pinto’s tying single and walked Parmelee to load the bases.

Pedro Floriman followed with a go-ahead single against Brett Anderson.

After Wednesday game, A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes received a cortisone injection to help alleviate the pain from tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was out of the lineup Thursday but doing well and Melvin hoped he would play Friday night.

Giants 2, Mets 1: At New York, Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven innings of four-hit ball, outpitching Jonathon Niese to lead San Francisco over the New York Mets.

Juan Perez went 3 for 3 with an RBI single in his hometown, and the World Series champions won for the eighth time in 11 games. After taking two of three from the Mets, the Giants don’t even have to change hotels — they stay in New York this weekend to play three interleague games at Yankee Stadium.

Scores of San Francisco fans filled an otherwise empty Citi Field all series, and the Giants received a loud ovation as they walked off the field following the final out.

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