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Associated Press, Published August 22 2012

Crisp helps Athletics take series from Twins

OAKLAND, Calif. – Liam Hendriks was left to wait for his first major victory yet again.

He had had 13 tries spanning two seasons as a starter.

A day after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, for his third big league stint of the year with Minnesota, the 23-year-old Aussie struggled along with the Twins offense in a 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

It was another stumble on this tough road trip.

“It was just a bad day for us,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s too bad we lost the series.”

Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double, and scored three runs for the A’s, tinkering a bit with his batting stance.

“I felt like Cal Ripken over there with so many batting stances,” Crisp said.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning that held up for Tommy Milone, and Crisp also singled and stole his 28th base to give the A’s a much-needed boost.

Milone (10-9) allowed one run and two hits, struck out five and walked one in eight impressive innings to end a five-start winless stretch in which he had gone 0-3 since his last victory, a 9-3 decision at Minnesota on July 14. He lowered his ERA to 3.87 from 4.03 and became Oakland’s second 10-game winner after Bartolo Colon, who was suspended earlier in the day.

The A’s won despite four errors behind Milone.

“Typically, you don’t win games making four errors,” manager Bob Melvin said. “The reason we did come back is Milone.”

Josh Reddick added an RBI single for the A’s (67-56), who moved a season-high 11 games over .500 – their best since finishing the 2006 season at 93-69. That’s the last year Oakland reached the playoffs, getting swept in four games of the AL championship series by the Detroit Tigers.

Oakland began the day a half-game out in the AL wild-card race.

“When Coco plays well, we win,” Melvin said.

Hendriks (0-6) is yet to win in nine starts this season. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits in five innings – and he didn’t get much help from the Twins’ stagnant bats. They managed only three hits, with Matt Carson getting two of them.

“I wasn’t given a lead and trying to blow it,” Hendriks said. “We had some good at-bats against Milone. It was just one of those days where I had to keep us in the game. It’s unfortunate I only went five.”

Not even the steady Josh Willingham had a hit in him this time as Minnesota lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Minnesota Oakland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Revere cf 4 0 0 0 Crisp cf 3 3 3 2

ACasill 2b 4 0 0 0 Drew ss 2 0 0 0

Mauer 1b 3 0 0 0 Reddck rf 3 0 1 1

Wlngh lf 4 0 0 0 Cespds lf 3 0 1 2

Doumit dh 3 1 1 0 Carter 1b 4 0 0 0

MCarsn rf 4 0 2 0 S.Smith dh 4 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0 Dnldsn 3b 4 1 2 0

Butera c 3 0 0 1 Kottars c 4 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0 Pnngtn 2b 3 1 1 0

Totals 32 1 3 1 Totals 30 5 8 5

Minnesota 010 000 000— 1

Oakland 102 100 10x— 5

E—Florimon (2), Crisp (3), Drew (1), Reddick (4), Donaldson (7). DP—Minnesota 1, Oakland 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Oakland 6. 2B—M.Carson (1), Crisp (15), Donaldson (10), Pennington (15). HR—Crisp (8). SB—Crisp (28). CS—Reddick (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks L,0-6 5 6 4 4 3 2

Al.Burnett 1 0 0 0 0 0

T.Robertson Xc 1 1 1 2 1

Fien Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1 1 0 0 0 0

Oakland

Milone W,10-9 8 2 1 1 1 5

R.Cook 1 1 0 0 0 3

HBP—by Milone (Doumit). WP—Hendriks.

T—2:35. A—16,657 (35,067).