MLB: Oakland 9, Minnesota 4

July 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS, July 15 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Sunday and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota with a 9-4 victory.

Cespedes put the A's ahead to stay with a first-inning single and then hit the second of three Oakland homers in the second.

Jonny Gomes (3-for-4, three runs scored) delivered a two-run shot and Chris Carter added a bases-empty clout during the big frame. Seth Smith chipped in a sixth-inning solo blast as Oakland outscored Minnesota 24-10 in the series.

Oakland belted four homers in back-to-back games for the first time since 2001 and won for the ninth time in 10 contests overall.

Jarrod Parker (6-4) corralled the victory, yielding four runs on nine hits over six innings. The A's right-hander didn't allow a walk and struck out four.

Twins starter Brian Duensing (1-6) lasted only two innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits.

Ryan Doumit and Brian Dozier each supplied two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

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