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Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings for the winThe Rangers and A are scheduled to play a three game series this weekend in TexasMINNEAPOLIS (AP) With Josh Reddick back and hitting home runs, the Oakland Athletics are bringing some more muscle and a bigger lead into a crucial weekend series. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings, and the A's beat the Minnesota Twins 8 2 Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead to 3 games over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.
throw them effectively. It's a lot more fun when that's going on," Griffin said.
"I was working well, I was working quick, I had a good rhythm," he said.
Adding Reddick to a lineup that already has 26 home runs from Brandon Moss, 22 from Yoenis Cespedes, 21 from Josh Donaldson and 19 from Coco Crisp makes things much easier for manager Bob Melvin.
In winning his fourth straight start, Griffin (14 9) struck out eight and walked just one batter.
NOTES: Gardenhire said C Joe Mauer, out since Aug. 20 with a concussion, did a workout Thursday Nmd Human Race Tumblr and left the ballpark "feeling good." . The A's and Twins are scheduled to play a four game series in Oakland starting next Thursday. . Cespedes has driven in a run in a career best six straight games. . Dan Straily (9 7, 4.15) is to get the ball for Oakland Friday when it begins its three game series at Texas. Derek Holland (9 8, 3.17) will pitch for the Rangers. . Minnesota's Kevin Correia (9 11, 4.30) is scheduled to face Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (8 7, 3.19) when the teams open a three game series Friday at Target Field.
The left hander barely broke a sweat in retiring the A's in order in the first two innings before the Oakland hitters forced Diamond deep into counts.
Donaldson added an RBI single in the fifth and Reddick's sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Chris Young, who tripled to lead off the inning, to make it 6 0.
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Making his first start since being recalled from Triple A Rochester, Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5 11) lasted just 4 2 3 innings. He allowed five runs four earned on six hits while striking out one.
Derek Norris led off with a one out double and scored two batters later when Crisp hit into a fielder's choice. After a walk to Donaldson, Jed Lowrie had an RBI single leading to a mound visit by Minnesota pitching coach Rick Anderson. Cespedes then tripled off the wall in centerfield to plate two more runs.
Before the game, Gardenhire said that Diamond appears to be a much more confident pitcher than he was before his Aug. 1 demotion. In six minor league starts, Diamond was 4 0 with a 2.41 ERA.
Minnesota had two runners on with one out in the fourth, but Arcia lined out to second baseman Alberto Callaspo and Brian Dozier was doubled off first. Dozier had walked.
One day after scoring 18 runs against the Twins, Oakland used some two out hitting to take a 4 0 lead in the third inning.
Griffin struck out six of the first nine batters he faced, including four straight, and lowered his opponents' batting average to .165 the first time through the lineup, the lowest mark in the majors among pitchers with at least 130 innings pitched.
"We've got a lot of options right now, a lot of guys that are heating up offensively," Melvin said.
"Being able to hit it hard . without my wrist hurting really felt good," said Reddick, who was also on the disabled list May 7 30 with the same injury. "Watching these guys the last two weeks it kind of stung not being able to be a part of it, but I was just hoping to come back and just jump on board and not screw up the rhythm. Hopefully, more days like this are coming."
Reinstated from the 15 day disabled list Wednesday after missing time with a sprained right wrist, Reddick hit an eighth inning pitch from Brian Duensing into the right field seats for an 8 1 Oakland lead. It was his 11th homer of the season in his 99th game. He hit 32 in 156 games last year.
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"We know it's an important series, but we're not going to sweat about it," Reddick said. "We know we can beat those guys."
BOX SCORE: Athletics 8, Twins 2
"I wasn't able to put anybody away. I think that was the story behind my game today," he said.
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