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MLB: Minnesota 4, Oakland 3

Sept. 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Josh Willingham had two home runs Tuesday to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Willingham notched a solo home run in the fourth inning and then launched a two-run bomb into the upper deck in the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner.

Oakland remained two games ahead of the second-place Texas Rangers, who lost to Pittsburgh Tuesday, in the AL West.

Oswaldo Arcia also homered for the Twins. Anthony Swarzak (2-2) picked up the win in relief for the Twins, who have won two in a row. Glen Perkins chalked up his 34th save with a perfect ninth inning.

Ryan Cook (6-4) was the victim of Willingham's eight-inning homer and was hung with the loss. Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs for the A's with his seventh home run, giving Oakland a 2-1 lead.

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