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Oakland0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 5110
Minnesota2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 491
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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 20, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 32,270

Berrios, Twins look to beat A's

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins

  1. Oakland hit six home runs yesterday, becoming the third team in MLB to homer at least six times in multiple games this season (Twins, Dodgers). Today's opponent, the Twins, have hit at least six homers four times this season, the most such games by any team since the 2003 Red Sox (also four games).
  2. The A's have the longest active winning streak in MLB (six games) and since the midpoint in June (at which point the A's were 35-35), Oakland has gone 20-6, best in MLB. Over that span, Oakland's 163 runs are tied for second in MLB (Giants, 176) while also leading MLB in runs allowed (83).
  3. The Twins have lost three straight for the first time in 2019. They allowed 14 runs on Wednesday, tied for their most allowed in a game this season. Prior to that game, the Twins had held opponents to a single-digit run total in 38 straight games, tied for the longest such streak by any AL team in 2019 (Red Sox).
  4. In his last seven games, Ramon Laureano has 12 hits, five home runs, and 11 runs. The only other American Leaguer to reach those marks over a seven-game span in 2019 is George Springer. Laureano is the first A's player to meet these marks over seven games since Miguel Tejada in 2003.
  5. Mitch Garver's home run yesterday was his 15th of the season, to go along with his 37 runs scored in 48 games this season. The last catchers with 15+ home runs and 37+ runs scored in fewer games in a season were Ivan Rodriguez in 2000 (39) and Roy Campanella in 1953 (40 games).
  6. Luis Arraez reached base for the 50th time of his career yesterday, his 31st career game. The last Twins player to reach base 50 times in fewer career games was Chuck Knoblauch in 1991 (30 games), and the last player in MLB to do so in fewer games was Rhys Hoskins in 2017 (29 games).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019

All-Star Jose Berrios will try to snap a streak of six consecutive starts without a victory when he takes the mound Saturday night for the Minnesota Twins against the Oakland A's in Minneapolis.

The right-handed Berrios (8-5, 3.10 ERA) last won a decision on June 6 at Cleveland, 5-4. Since then he has gone 0-3 in six starts, including a 7-2 loss at Oakland on July 4, when he gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out just two batters.

Berrios has struggled against Oakland in his career, compiling an 0-2 record and 6.32 ERA in three starts.

Left-hander Brett Anderson (9-5, 3.79) will start for the A's. Anderson is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against Minnesota and is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three career starts at Target Field.

The teams have split the first two games of the four-game series, with Minnesota rallying to take the opener, 6-3, on Thursday night behind a three-run pinch-hit home run by Eddie Rosario while Oakland, with shortstop Marcus Semien leading the game off with a homer and finishing just a single short of the cycle, rebounding to win on Friday night, 5-3.

That victory moved Oakland into sole possession of the second wild-card spot, one game behind the Cleveland Indians for the first wild card. The A's haven't lost back-to-back games since dropping a doubleheader at Texas on June 8 and are 37-17 since May 16. That ties them with the New York Yankees for the best mark in baseball during that span.

"It seems like almost every time we come back and play a good game," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think that's one of the things we've been able to do is put a tough one away. ...

"(Yesterday) was pretty rough, and the guys come back in the first inning (to take a 2-0 lead on Friday night). It's a tough group."

Oakland, which has closed to within 5 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West, has won seven of its last eight games and is 20-6 in its last 26 games.

"It just shows the resiliency in our team," said infielder Chad Pinder, who drove in the final run with a sixth-inning single on Friday night.

Pinder said the series with the Twins, who saw their AL Central lead slip to three games, has a playoff feel to it.

"I got that vibe when they were at our place (in early July)," he said. "As you've seen the last two nights, this is a great ball club. These are the series where you have to really bear down and every single pitch counts."

Friday night's loss was the fourth in five games for Minnesota.

"Ultimately, it was one of those games where we just got beat, and that's going to happen," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "You can't really point to one thing or even two things (for the loss). I think overall it was just a game where we didn't do enough to win, and that's going to happen."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 20, 2019

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