Carter carries A's in rout of Twins

7:31 PM, Jul 14, 2012   |    comments
Oakland Athletics first baseman Chris Carter (22) is congratulated by outfielder Brandon Moss (37) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Chris Carter clubbed a three-run home run as part of a four-run first inning and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Minnesota Twins, 9-3, in the second installment of a three-game set Saturday at Target Field.

The A's, who struck out 16 times in Friday's series-opening win, pounded four home runs as a team and improved to a major-league best 8-1 in the month of July.

Yoenis Cespedes crushed a two-run homer and knocked in three runs, while Seth Smith and Brandon Moss each belted solo shots. Tommy Milone (9-6) scattered 10 hits and gave up two runs over six frames to earn his third victory in his last four decisions.

Rookie Cole De Vries (2-2) was shelled for seven runs on six hits over five frames to absorb the loss. Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier each added solo home runs, but the Twins dropped their fourth straight game.


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