MINNESOTA 4, OAKLAND 3 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Tuesday, May 27.
Batting stars: Corey Koskie was 1-for-3 with a home run, his seventh. Bobby Kielty was 1-for-1 with a three-run homer, his eighth.
Pitching stars: Kenny Rogers pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks and striking out five. Eddie Guardado struck out two in a perfect inning.
Opposition stars: Eric Byrnes was 2-for-4 with a double. Scott Hatteberg was 2-for-4 with a double. Barry Zito struck out ten in an eight inning complete game, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. Ramon Hernandez was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixth.
The game: Neither team did much on offense until the fourth, when Koskie hit a two-out homer to put the Twins up 1-0. The Athletics had a couple of two-out singles in the sixth, but did not get on the board until the seventh, when Miguel Tejada led off with a double and Hernandez hit a one-out two-run homer, giving Oakland a 2-1 lead. It went to 3-1 in the eighth on back-to-back doubles by Byrnes and Hatteberg.
The Koskie homer was the only hit the Twins had for seven innings. In the eighth, however, Dustan Mohr hit a one-out double and Doug Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch. Kielty then pinch-hit for Luis Rivas and hit a three-run homer, giving the Twins a 4-3 advantage. The Athletics went down in order in the ninth.
WP: J. C. Romero (1-0). LP: Zito (6-4). S: Guardado (14).
Notes: Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup at first base. Denny Hocking went in to play second base after Kielty pinch-hit for Rivas.
Jacque Jones was 0-for-4, dropping his average to .335. Mohr was 1-for-3 and was batting .318. Matthew LeCroy was 0-for-3 and was batting .303.
This was Rogers' first game score over 50 in a month and his first over 60 since April 17.
Zito had four complete games in 2003. Three of them were losses, two of them to the Twins. He had only three more complete games after 2003.
The Twins had won three in a row, five of six, eight of ten, ten of thirteen, sixteen of twenty-one, and twenty of twenty-five.
Record: The Twins were 30-20, in first place in the American League Central, 3.5 games ahead of Kansas City.