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A's pound Twins 18-3

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Neshek throws against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in Minneapolis. The Athletics won 18-3. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — There will be plenty of drama for the Oakland Athletics as they head down the home stretch in the pennant race. Probably not the kind of drama that unfolded Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins, though.

Jed Lowrie's foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as Oakland pounded Minnesota 18-3.

Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI as the A's recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games.

Lowrie, Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt also homered. Yoenis Cespedes had three RBIs to help the A's score their most runs in a game since beating Boston 20-2 on Aug. 31, 2012.

"Once we got rolling there, we never stopped," Josh Donaldson said.


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