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ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Chris Carter and Yoenis Cespedes each homered and drove in three runs, powering the Oakland Athletics past Minnesota.

Seth Smith and Brandon Moss also homered to beat Cole De Vries (2-2) and back Tommy Milone (9-6). The A’s won for the eighth time in nine games to move two games above the .500 mark for the first time in two months.

The ball was flying all over Target Field, and the A’s outhomered the Twins 4-2 on this steamy night. They’ve gone deep at least once in 19 of their last 20 games and have crept into the wild-card race by winning 23 of their last 36.

Minnesota had 14 hits and every starter had at least one, but still lost its fourth in a row.