MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Oakland Athletics entered Wednesday desperately looking to win a second straight game for the just the second time this season. The Minnesota Twins had other ideas.
Scott Kazmir allowed six runs and lost his first game of the season as Oakland fell to the Twins 13-0. The A’s had earned a 2-1 victory Tuesday night but were unable to stifle Minnesota’s bats again Wednesday.
“It’s very frustrating - there was a great feeling in here yesterday when we won a hard-fought game, one run,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And then we have Kaz going to the mound, and we’re feeling good about it. We just couldn’t pull together a good game.”
Oakland’s only consecutive wins in 2015 were over the Houston Astros on April 13-14.
The Twins got to Kazmir (2-1) early and often thanks to some unlikely heroes. Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw in his major league career, while Eduardo Escobar - batting .194 - hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs on the night.
“Facing a tough pitcher, no doubt about that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “But we were able to find a way to win the game.”
Rosario’s milestone homer traveled about 400 feet into the seats in left and gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third. He is the 29th major leaguer to homer on his first pitch and the 117th to go deep in his first at-bat.
Escobar homered off Kazmir in the sixth and hit a two-run double in the seventh. Kennys Vargas added a three-run homer off R.J. Alvarez in the eighth.
“I felt like I didn’t have a good feel for my cutter for the most part,” Kazmir said. “… That pitch was really inconsistent for me, and they made me pay for it.”
Kyle Gibson (3-2) pitched six innings and hasn’t allowed a run in his past 17.
Brett Lawrie had two hits for the A’s to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, which is the longest active streak in the American League.
Rosario grinned as he rounded the bases following his home run. After touching home plate, the rookie raced into the dugout where his teammates gave him the silent treatment.
The players eventually cracked and engulfed Rosario, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester two days ago, with high-fives and back slaps.
“You’ve got to give credit to (the Twins),” Kazmir said. “They went out and made it happen.”
Athletics: Melvin said Ben Zobrist isn’t hitting yet as he continues rehabbing from left knee surgery, but could begin taking swings shortly.
Twins: GM Terry Ryan said relief pitcher Tim Stauffer (right intercostal strain) has started throwing. Fellow reliever Casey Fien (right shoulder strain) still doesn’t feel well enough to throw.
Rain is in the forecast for Thursday afternoon’s series finale. If the game is played, Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 10.13) is set to make his second start since coming off the DL for the Twins. He will face Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 4.61), who is 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA over his past four starts.
The A’s activated OF Coco Crisp from the DL and hit him leadoff. The 35-year-old missed the first five weeks of the season following right elbow surgery. Melvin plans on playing Crisp in left field, a position he hasn’t played since the 2012 season. Hot-hitting Billy Burns will continue to play center field. Veteran Craig Gentry, mired in a 3-for-35 slump, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
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