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MLB: Oakland 9, Minnesota 1

Sept. 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Alberto Callaspo and Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs Saturday, putting Oakland on the brink of a division crown with a 9-1 rout of Minnesota.

Callaspo's RBI single in the first inning put the Athletics ahead to stay and his two-run homer in the second gave the A's a 6-0 lead in a game whose start was delayed several hours by rain.

In between, Cespedes added a three-run blast as Oakland reduced its magic number for winning an American League West title to one.

Jarrod Parker (12-7) earned the win with six innings of one-run ball, during which he yielded four hits and struck out one.

Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (3-2) was lit up for six runs on eight hits in a two-inning effort.

Josmil Pinto homered for Minnesota.

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