OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Derek Norris hit a three-run homer, Stephen Vogt added a two-run shot, and the Oakland Athletics won their 12th straight against the Minnesota Twins with a 9-4 victory Saturday night.
Jeff Samardzija (3-1) improved to 3-0 at home since coming to the AL West-leading A's in a trade from the Cubs on July 4. He followed winning lefties Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir, who kept Minnesota in check over the first two games of the series, with six tough innings that forced him to throw 109 pitches.
Vogt hit his second clout in three games following a long funk.
Oakland drew seven walks in two innings to chase Trevor May (0-1) quickly from his forgettable major league debut.