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Associated Press, Published September 11 2013

10-run inning helps Oakland rout Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Jed Lowrie’s foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night.

Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI as the A’s recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games.

Lowrie, Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt also homered. Yoenis Cespedes had three RBIs to help the A’s score their most runs in a game since beating Boston 20-2 on Aug. 31, 2012.

With runners on second and third and three runs already in, Lowrie lined a ball down the line in the fourth that first-base umpire Bill Miller ruled foul as he danced out of the way.

Lowrie pointed at the ground inside the white line where he thought the ball hit. Oakland manager Bob Melvin came out to argue, and Lowrie was eventually awarded a two-run double after the entire umpire crew huddled and changed the call.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by Miller after a long argument, the fifth time he’s been tossed this season and the 67th ejection of his career.

Fans at Target Field sarcastically cheered Miller when he gave the foul signal after Brandon Moss, the next batter, lined a foul ball down the first-base line.

Sonny Gray (3-3), who had received fewer than four runs of support over his last six starts, struck out seven in five innings for the win.

In the fifth, Josh Reddick of the A’s drove a ball off the top of the wall in the right-field corner that Miller ruled a home run.

The call was overturned after a replay review – the first at Target Field this season – and Reddick had to trot back out of the dugout to second base.

Mike Pelfrey (5-12) was removed with no outs in the fourth, before all the theatrics that followed Lowrie’s hit. He allowed seven runs and eight hits and has won just once since July 11.

Relievers Josh Roenicke and Ryan Pressly combined to allow six runs and six hits before the fourth inning was finally finished.

Oakland Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Crisp cf 4 2 2 1 Presley cf 3 0 1 1

Choice cf 2 0 1 0 Thoms cf 1 0 0 0

Dnldsn 3b 3 2 2 1 EEscor 3b 3 0 0 0

Prrino pr-3b 2 1 0 0 Dozier 2b 2 0 1 1

Lowrie ss 4 2 2 4 Bernr ph-2b 1 0 0 0

JWeeks 2b 2 1 0 0 Arcia rf 3 0 0 0

Moss rf-lf 5 3 3 2 Colaell 1b 1 0 0 0

Cespds lf 3 1 2 3 Plouffe dh 4 0 0 0

Reddck rf 2 0 1 0 Wlngh lf 1 0 1 0

Barton 1b 4 1 3 2 Fryer c 2 1 1 1

Freimn 1b 1 0 0 0 Prmel 1b-rf 4 0 0 0

S.Smith dh 4 2 2 1 CHrmn c-lf 4 1 1 0

Vogt c 6 2 3 3 Flormn ss 2 1 0 0

Sgrd 2b-ss 5 1 1 1

Totals 47 18 22 18 Totals 31 3 5 3

Oakland 012 (10)30 002— 18

Minnesota 001 011 000— 3

E—Florimon (16). DP—Oakland 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Oakland 8, Minnesota 6. 2B—Choice (1), Lowrie (43), Moss 2 (17), Cespedes 2 (21), Reddick (16), S.Smith (24), Presley (3). HR—Crisp (19), Lowrie (12), Vogt (4), Fryer (1). CS—Moss (2). SF—Barton.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oakland

Gray W,3-3 5 4 2 2 3 7

Milone 1 1 1 1 0 2

Figueroa 1 0 0 0 1 0

Neshek 1 0 0 0 1 0

Scribner 1 0 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,5-12 3 8 7 7 1 2

Roenicke Zc 4 4 4 0 1

Pressly Xc 2 2 2 0 0

De Vries 3 6 3 3 2 0

Martis 1 0 0 0 0 2

Tonkin 1 2 2 0 1 1

Pelfrey pitched to 4 batters in the 4th.

HBP—by Pelfrey (Donaldson).

T—3:42. A—24,522 (39,021).