MINNEAPOLIS – Matt Chapman fired twice, Jed Lowrie drove a homer and a double in three runs, and the athletics' bullpen saved Chris Bassitt an effective shot to send Oakland to 6-2 about the Minnesota twins on Sunday.
Oakland retained at least one advantage of four games for Wild Card Second Place over Seattle, later playing in Arizona. The A & # 39; s started 1½ games behind the Astros in the A.L West and opened a three-game series on Monday in Houston.
Chapman married in the first and then opened the seventh with his 20th Homer. Lowrie followed with his 21st homer to raise Oakland 6-2.
Tyler Austin, acquired by the Yankees at the close in a deal for pitcher Lance Lynn, had two solo homers, giving him six with the twins and 1
Bassitt, called on Sunday for the sixth time this season by Triple-A Nashville, allowed a run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Buchter (3-0) scored a goalless seventh place for the win.
The A & # 39; s improved to 56-0 when after seven innings they led the only team in the majors that did not lose when they headed for seven.
Jose Berrios (19659003) 11-9) allowed three runs on eight strokes in five innings.
Stephen Piscotty's 18th Homer brought the A & # 39; s in the sixth position to 4-1. Austin responded in the lower half of Yusmerio Petit.
Lowrie put the A ahead 3-1 with a double victory in the fifth. Nick Martini and Chapman opened with consecutive singles. Lowrie followed with a drive high from the right field wall, but was thrown out on a triple attempt on a triple.
The Twins threatened in the lower half when Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch with two outs and Jorge Polanco. but Miguel Sano was withdrawn on hard hit intermediate to left.
Chapman, who has been in the majors since the All-Star break for the most extra-base hits (25), put Oakland 1-0 in the lead with his 19th homer, a solo solo scoring the left Down field line.
Austin even brought the twins in fourth with his 13th homer, a 451-foot gust to center straight ahead.
ON FURTHER INSPECTION
Joe Mauer has managed to open the bottom of the first on a long throw from the deep hole of shortstop Marcus Semien. The twins were challenged and the call was overturned after a 58-second review, giving Mauer a single.
Jed Lowrie was thrown into third place in the fifth inning as he tried to pull a double pass from the right outer wall into the middle of a triple. The A was challenged, but the call was confirmed after a review estimated at 1 minute, 24 seconds.
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea was placed on the 10-day DL (left shoulder impingement) on Sunday. Manaea is 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts this season. RHP Emilio Pagan Retrieved by Triple-A The Nashville Pagan was earlier revealed when RHP's Chris Bassitt was recalled to compete against the Twins on Sunday
Twins: SS Jorge Polanco went after five innings with leg cramps and tightness. , Byron Buxton (left wrist) continues with a Triple A Rochester operation. Buxton had a strike in three clubs on Saturday, after he was 0 for 4 on Friday and was supposed to play on Sunday. "Last night he got a punch, got a double, chased a few off-speed pitches, was hit by a pitch and threw a guy on the plate," said manager Paul Molitor. "He plays and I think we're looking for it. Today will be his third consecutive game down there."
Athletics: Left-hand Brett Anderson (3-3 , 3.47) opens on Monday the three-game series Houston with an additional rest day. Anderson is 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in eight starts since leaving the DL. The opponents beat only .218 since his return.
Gemini: After a day off on Monday, right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-10, 3.63) opened the three-game series in Cleveland. After two consecutive wins, each time making seven innings, Gibson allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, but only four of the runs were earned. He is 3-8 with a 5.28 in his career against the Indians.