A's lower magic number to 4 for AL West title

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 20, 2013 at 1:32 am •  Published: September 20, 2013
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Straily had his four-start winning streak snapped but remains unbeaten in six starts since dropping a 7-1 decision to Cleveland on Aug. 17. Straily still received a warm ovation when he exited in the sixth.

Minnesota loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but Straily worked out of it.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the third. Chris Parmelee beat out an infield single leading off the inning but shortstop Lowrie's wild throw trying to make the play sailed into the dugout as Parmelee advanced. He then beat a throw home on Alex Presley's RBI groundout.

In the sixth, Straily threw two wild pitches that allowed Arcia to go from first to second and then to third. Josh Willingham drew a two-out walk and A's manager Bob Melvin went to the bullpen. Dan Otero relieved and gave up Yosmil Pinto's tying single and walked Parmelee to load the bases.

Pedro Floriman followed with a go-ahead single against Brett Anderson.

After Wednesday game, A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes received a cortisone injection to help alleviate the pain from tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was out of the lineup Thursday but doing well and Melvin hoped he would play Friday night.

Gardenhire remains at 997 wins as he tries to become the eighth active manager with 1,000 victories

NOTES: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe left the game with left wrist soreness. ... Crisp received the 2013 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award honoring the courageous nature and spirit of the late Hall of Famer. "That caught me by surprise, but I am grateful for the award," Crisp said. ... Oakland C John Jaso, sidelined from a concussion since July 25, is still hitting on the field for a couple of days and will be re-evaluated this weekend. Then, the tentative plan is to send him to Arizona for some at-bats in instructional league to see if he might be able to return to the A's before the season ends. "It'll be cool to be back out on the field and have cleats on again," he said.

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