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Wire sports briefs: Homers get Twins past Oakland

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From page B8 | September 11, 2013 |

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jarrod Parker’s strong outing wasn’t enough to help the Oakland Athletics extend their division lead.

Parker looked in control against Minnesota, but Josh Willingham homered twice — once off Parker early, and again off reliever Ryan Cook to put his team in front for good in the eighth — to lead the Twins over Oakland 4-3 Tuesday night.

Parker, who gave up seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings, hasn’t lost a decision since May 22, a span of 19 games. But that was of little consolation to the 24-year-old righty.

Parker also gave up a homer to Oswaldo Arcia, who helped Minnesota snap Oakland’s three-game winning streak and prevented the A’s from stretching their two-game lead over Texas in the AL West. The Rangers lost to Pittsburgh, 5-4.

Despite giving up the homers to Willingham and Arcia, Parker appeared to be on the verge of earning his 12th win. But Arcia singled off reliever Sean Doolittle to lead off the eighth. Doolittle struck out Ryan Doumit before being pulled for Ryan Cook (6-4), and Willingham followed by launching a 2-0 pitch an estimated 439 feet into the middle deck for his second multi-homer game this season.

Giants blow early lead against Colorado

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning to go with his three-run shot, and the Colorado Rockies rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 on Tuesday night.

Cuddyer sent a 3-2 pitch from Sergio Romo into the left-center seats for his 20th homer of the season, 10th career multihomer game and second this year. He also connected in Colorado’s five-run fifth to spark the comeback.

Hunter Pence produced some impressive slugging himself, hitting a three-run homer in the first, an RBI double in the fourth and a tying, two-run single in the eighth against winner Wilton Lopez (3-4).

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