MLB: The Athletics get eleven straight wins after battling the Twins in a dramatic finish!
Oakland, California - The Oakland A's extend their winning streak to 11 games in a high-scoring battle against the Twins on Wednesday.
In Oakland, a bombardment of runs by both the A's and Twins resulted in one of the best games of the year, as Oakland got away with an extra-innings win over Minnesota 13-12.
Ramón Laureano (26) was the hero for Oakland as his grounder in the tenth inning was misplayed, resulting in the two runs needed to win the game for the A's.
This game was definitely no pitcher's duel, since both teams' offenses were scoring almost at will. By the game's end, each side had used at least six pitchers to get through all ten innings played.
The Twins had been shut out in the previous two games in this series against the Athletics. They definitely turned things around, but it wasn't enough to prevent the series sweep for the A's.
First baseman Matt Olson hit two home runs early in the game for the A's, batting in three runs with those hits. Seth Brown went 3 for 4, hitting a homer of his own and batting in two runs.
For the Twins, Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and had four RBIs, to lead his team in the loss. Byron Buxton hit a two-run home run in the tenth inning, which threatened the A's before they mounted their comeback to take the victory.
On Friday, the A's go east to Baltimore to take on the Orioles, and the Twins head for home to welcome the Pirates.
Around the league
Wintry conditions on Tuesday suspended the end of the game between the Diamondbacks and the Reds, but after it resumed on Wednesday, Arizona held on to win 5-4. Both teams still played a full game after that with the Diamondbacks coming on top in that one too, 8-5. Andrew Knapp hit a game-winning single for the Phillies in the ninth, as they beat the Giants 6-5.
The Marlins shut out the Orioles at home 3-0. And the Pirates and Tigers split a doubleheader with Pittsburgh taking the first game 3-2, with Detroit returning the favor 5-2 in Game 2.
The Rockies got their second-straight win against the Astros 6-3, while the Nationals needed only four hits and one run to beat the Cardinals 1-0. The Rangers got two out of three from the Angels, winning 7-4.
Atlanta got one back from New York, as the Braves beat the Yankees 4-1. And the Padres got swept by the Brewers in their three-game series, losing on Wednesday by a score of 4-2. The Cubs absolutely had their way in New York, destroying the Mets 16-4.
Boston couldn't get their second-straight win, as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 6-3. And the Royals walk-off, thanks to Salvador Perez's single in the ninth to win over the Rays 9-8.
Snow spoiled the fun again, this time in Cleveland, where the White Sox –Indians game was postponed for a May doubleheader.
Barring any more snow on Thursday, the Indians will host the Yankees, and the Dodgers are back at home against their division rivals, the Padres.
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