First three-game win streak for Twins this seasonMinnesota Sports
-- Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer during a six-run eighth inning, as the Minnesota Twins dominated the Oakland Athletics, 11-1, to sweep a two-game series.
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer during a six-run eighth inning, as the Minnesota Twins dominated the Oakland Athletics, 11-1, to sweep a two-game series.
Justin Morneau went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and scored twice for the Twins, who have won three in a row since a nine-game skid. Rene Rivera hit a solo homer.
Nick Blackburn (3-4) pitched seven solid innings, allowing one run on five hits to improve to 1-5 in nine career starts against Oakland.
Mark Ellis drove in the lone run for the A's, who went 3-4 on a seven-game homestand.
Oakland starter Tyson Ross (3-3) threw just seven pitches before leaving the game with a left oblique strain. David Purcey gave up one run on four hits over 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Ross gave up a leadoff single to Denard Span and threw three pitches to Plouffe before calling for the team trainer. Span moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Jason Kubel hit a single off Purcey.
Rivera's solo shot to left in the second made it a 2-0 game.
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the fifth to create some distance. Kubel hit a one-out single and crossed the plate on Morneau's blast over the wall in right-center field.
The A's finally got on the board in the seventh. Hideki Matsui walked and moved to third on David DeJesus' one-out base hit. Ellis then grounded into a fielder's choice to plate a run.
But the Twins used a six-run eighth to break the game open. Morneau led off with a double, advanced to third on a Trystan Magnuson wild pitch and crossed the plate on Michael Cuddyer's base hit. Danny Valencia followed with an RBI double. Rivera's one-out single put men on the corners. Alexi Casilla then grounded into a fielder's choice to score Valencia. After Span walked, Plouffe hit a three-run homer to left to make it a 10-1 contest.
Delmon Young's RBI single in the ninth accounted for the final margin.