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Twins' comeback falls short in loss to A's

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Getting a three-run triple from Coco Crisp in the fifth inning and a two-run double from Eric Sogard in the sixth, the Oakland A's built a 6-0 lead and held on for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at the O.co Coliseum.

The A's extended their winning streak against the Twins to 11 games, an Oakland record, and beat them for the eighth straight time at the Coliseum, another record.

A's left-hander Scott Kazmir (13-4) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. Kazmir blanked the Twins for the first six innings on one hit as the A's built a six-run lead.

But in the top of the seventh inning, Minnesota struck for five runs, knocking him out of the game.

Twins center fielder Danny Santana hit a sharp leadoff single to center field and moved to second when Kazmir walked second baseman Brian Dozier. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe grounded an RBI single to left, snapping the Twins' 19-inning scoreless streak. After Kazmir struck out designated hitter Kennys Vargas, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia singled to center, driving in Dozier.

With two outs, first baseman Chris Parmelee sliced a two-run double down the left-field line, cutting Oakland's lead to 6-4 and ending Kazmir's night. Shortstop Eduardo Nunez greeted right-hander Ryan Cook with a run-scoring double to right center, making it 6-5.

A's right-hander Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth inning.

Closer Sean Doolittle gave up a leadoff single to Vargas in the ninth inning but struck out Arcia, retired catcher Kurt Suzuki on a fly ball to center and fanned Josh Willingham, who looked at strike three, one pitch after he hit a deep drive to left that hooked foul. Doolittle posted his 18th save, the most by a left-hander in franchise history.

Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (10-9) gave up six runs and five hits in five innings, striking out three and walking a season-high five.

Gibson, who had gone 3-1 in his previous four starts, blanked the A's for four innings before giving up four runs in the fifth. With no outs and two runners on in the sixth, Gibson gave way to right-hander Anthony Swarzak, who gave up Sogard's two-run double.

Kazmir had a perfect game through four innngs, but Vargas led off the fifth with a single. Vargas ripped a hard one-hopper that shortstop Jed Lowrie tried to backhand, but the bullet went in and out of his glove and trickled into the outfield grass.

The A's snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the fifth inning off Gibson. First baseman Stephen Vogt led off with a walk, and center fielder Sam Fuld, a former Twin, dropped a perfect drag bunt for a single. Parmelee fielded the bunt but threw wildly to first for an error as Vogt raced to third and Fuld, after a collision at the bag with second baseman Brian Dozier, advanced to second.

Gibson walked Sogard, loading the bases, and Crisp launched a three-run triple to right-center field. With one out, Crisp came home on a passed ball by Suzuki, making it 4-0.

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