Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki (22) high five teammates after hitting a two run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. (PHOTO: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
OAKLAND, CA - The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo.
The A's have won 12 of 15 and are 16 of their last 21, opening a season-high 7½-game lead over second-place Texas entering Saturday. Texas was Kansas City later in the day.
Parker (12-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and Callaspo matched his career highs with four hits and had three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A's.
The game started after a two-hour rain delay. The visiting dugout was flooded and sewage backed up in the A's coaches' bathroom, the third such incident at the Coliseum this season.