Matt Chapman hit two of the Oakland Athletics’ four home runs on Sunday as they beat the Minnesota Twins and All-Star Jose Berrios 6-2 to win the four-game series at Target Field.
Chapman launched a solo shot two batters into the game and took reliever Matt Magill deep in the seventh inning, going back-to-back with Jed Lowrie to provide insurance runs for the A’s bullpen.
With spot starter Chris Bassitt on the mound after Sean Manaea was sent to the disabled list with shoulder impingement, Oakland (79-52) needed the bullpen to step up for a third consecutive day.
A’s relievers did just that by allowing just one run over 4 1/3 innings. Lowrie put the A’s ahead 3-1 with a two-run double in the top of the fifth, and Bassitt recorded the first two outs before hitting Logan Forsythe with a pitch and allowing a single to Jorge Polanco. Shawn Kelley was tasked with getting out of the inning, and he got Miguel Sano to fly out to end the threat.
Stephen Piscotty hit a one-out homer in the top of the sixth off Magill, the first of three the right-hander allowed on the day. Minnesota (61-69) would get a run back in the bottom of the inning when Tyler Austin hit his second homer of the day and third in the last two games — a solo shot off Yusmeiro Petit — but it would be the last time the Twins would score.
Petit got out of the inning, Ryan Buchter pitched a perfect seventh and Fernando Rodney escaped a jam in the eighth against his former team, getting Mitch Garver to ground out with men on second and third. Blake Treinen pitched for the second consecutive day in a non-save situation, once again finishing off a four-run game with a clean inning.
Called up to make the spot start to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest, Bassitt allowed just one run over 4 1/3 innings on Austin’s first homer of the day, which came in the fourth inning. He struck out three, walked three and allowed four hits, working his way out of a jam in the second and getting Garver to ground into a double play to end the fourth after Jake Cave walked to follow Austin’s homer.
The A’s made Berrios throw 94 pitches over his five innings, notching eight hits while striking out four times.While they didn’t draw any walks against Berrios or the rest of the Twins staff on Sunday, they worked deep into counts, as has been the case throughout the team’s strong play over the last two months.Chris BassittJed LowrieMatt ChapmanMLBOakland A'sOakland AthleticsStephen Piscotty