On a scorching hot day in Minnesota, the A’s bats were again reflective of the weather. For the second day in a row, the A’s blasted four home runs, completing a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-4 win on Sunday.
Leading 2-1 in the second, the A’s hit three homers in the inning off Twins starter Brian Duensing (1-5), breaking the game open early.
Jonny Gomes hit a two-run shot to right after Jemile Weeks led off the second with a single. Yoenis Cespedes, who finished with four hits, and Chris Carter followed with solo homers for Oakland, which has won nine of its last 10 games.
Seth Smith led off the sixth with a solo shot to right field, giving Oakland a 7-2 lead.
“You can word it however you want, but the bottom line is winning is fun,” said Gomes, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs while batting second in the lineup for the first time this season. “You can have as much confidence as you want, but if you’re not winning, it’s not fun.”
Jarrod Parker (6-4) pitched six innings for the A’s, allowing nine hits and four Twins runs but getting his fourth win in his last five decisions. Jerry Blevins and Evan Scribner finished the game for Oakland, which hit nine homers in the series.
“They picked me up all day, and the early run support was huge,” said Parker, who threw 92 pitches. “On a hot day you’re trying to have quick innings. I wanted to do that, get our guys in the dugout hitting and make their guys be out there for long innings.”