MINNEAPOLIS — A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, on Thursday to increase their division lead heading into a crucial weekend series.
Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3½-game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland’s largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.
Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota, which has lost six of eight.
In winning his fourth straight start, Griffin (14-9) struck out eight and walked just one batter.
Other than allowing Arcia’s homerun in the seventh, Griffin, who has served up a major league leading 34 homeruns, didn’t have many problems the rest of the way.
Dodgers beat Giants in 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
The Dodgers reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009. They won for the seventh time in eight games against the rival Giants, a stretch that began with a three-game home sweep June 24-26.
The loss ended last-place San Francisco’s streak of four consecutive winning seasons.
Carl Crawford opened the 10th with a single off Jeremy Affeldt (1-5). Pinch-hitter Nick Punto sacrificed Crawford to second before Gonzalez stroked a single into center field for the Dodgers’ eighth walk-off win of the season.