For the second straight day, the Oakland A's had their way with the Minnesota Twins, winning 8-2 on the strength of a solid start from A.J. Griffin and more offense from their lineup.
Griffin (14-9) pitched seven innings en route to his 14th win of the year the win while giving up only one run and striking out eight. After dropping the first game of the series, the A's have beaten the Twins in two consecutive games and have picked up a half game on the Rangers, who now trail the A's in the AL West by 3.5 games.
The A's have won 10 of their last 13 and picked up a half-game on idle Texas with this win. They now lead the AL West by 3 1/2 games, with a three-game series between the teams set to begin on Friday in Arlington.
At the plate, the A's erupted for four runs in the third inning. After Derek Norris doubled and Daric Barton singled, Coco Crisp grounded to the shortstop and avoided the double play by legging it out to first. Josh Donaldson then drew a walk and Jed Lowrie singled to center to bring in the two. Leading 2-0, Yoenis Cespedes drilled a triple to right-center to bring in two more runs and give the club a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth, Chris Young tripled to bring in Donaldson and then came home on a sac-fly from Reddick to give the A's a 6-0 cushion.
The Twins scored in the seventh inning on a home run from Oswaldo Arcia and then again in the eight on an RBI single from Presley. Then in the bottom of the inning, Young got things started with a double before Reddick blasted his 11th home run of the year for the team's eighth run off of relief pitcher Brian Duensing.