Twins 7, Athletics 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Eric Milton struck out a season-high 11, and Butch Huskey hit a tiebreaking homer off the glove of Ben Grieve on Monday night to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Oakland Athletics 7-2.
Milton (6-1) allowed both runs and seven hits in seven innings, showing no ill effects from the bruised leg that caused him to leave his June 6 start at Houston after two innings.
He won his fourth consecutive decision, allowing a two-run homer to Grieve. The strikeouts were two short of his career high, set last Sept. 11 when he no-hit the Anaheim Angels. Minnesota pitchers struck out a season-high 16 in all.
Huskey broke a 2-all tie in the fourth following a one-out single by David Ortiz, Huskey sent a drive to left that tipped off Grieve’s glove over the fence. Corey Koskie walked, Matt Lawton was hit by a pitch and Jones hit a two-run triple, scoring on Denny Hocking’s squeeze bunt.
Gil Heredia (8-4) allowed five runs and four hits in four innings. His ERA, which had been second in the league behind Boston’s Pedro Martinez (0.95), rose from 3.13 to 3.64.
Oakland lost for just the third time in 12 games and dropped into second place in the AL West, a half-game behind Seattle.
Grieve, in a 4-for-29 slump, put the A’s ahead with an upper-deck shot in the second inning.
Jacque Jones, who had three RBIs, had a run-scoring groundout in the third, and another run scored on a throwing error by Miguel Tejada on Crs this season, tying their total for last year. ... Heredia dropped to 6-1 on the road this year. He is 1-2 against the Twins this season. ... Jones’ triple was the Twins’ 22nd of the season, tops in the AL.