Rookie Tommy Milone pitched eight innings, allowed two hits and a run, struck out five and walked only one batter as the A’s beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday, hours after starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games by baseball for testing positive for testosterone.
Milone (10-9) became the second pitcher on the staff to notch double-digit victories and the win ended a personal three-game losing streak.
Coco Crisp was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, was on base four times and was a triple shy of the cycle. The A’s have won six of their past seven games to keep pace in the American League wild-card race.
The struggling Twins have lost 11 of their past 13 games to maintain the worst record in the American League. Liam Hendriks pitched five innings, gave up six hits and four runs for Minnesota. Hendriks (0-6) has yet to post his first career major league victory.
The A’s scored four runs in the first four innings.
Josh Donaldson doubled in the fourth inning and he scored on another two-bagger from Crisp. He later homered to left center in the bottom of the seventh to close out the scoring.