Suzuki hits tiebreaking double as Twins defeat A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. – Leave it to a pair of former Oakland Athletics to end one of the worst skids the Minnesota Twins have ever had against another club.
Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Twins snapped a 12-game losing streak to the A’s by winning 6-1 on Sunday.
Only 13-game losing streaks to the New York Yankees (2002-2003) and Texas Rangers (1998-1999) top Minnesota’s skid against Oakland.
“It’s just one of those things,” said Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate in his first year with the Twins.
Suzuki – who spent his first five-plus major league seasons with the A’s, from 2007 to 2012, and had another stint with the team in 2013 – was 2-for-5 on Sunday. His double in the eighth made the score 2-1, and he came home later in the inning on a drive over the left-field wall by Willingham, who played for Oakland in 2011.
Suzuki was also part of a fourth-inning blooper, when the All-Star catcher never turned to try to catch Josh Reddick’s popup that bounced off the warning track behind home plate.
“They said I missed it. But I didn’t think I missed it because I didn’t even try to go for it,” Suzuki joked. “It doesn’t count as a miss.”
Phil Hughes (12-8) allowed one run in seven innings for the win. He came out because of a cracked fingernail, which he glued back into place in the clubhouse – something he said he has done throughout his career and should not keep him from making his next start.
Luke Gregerson (2-2) took the loss in relief. Oakland’s Jason Hammel gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings.