Hunter backs Hughes with 3-run HR as Twins top A’s 8-7
Torii Hunter’s three-run homer broke a sixth-inning tie, giving Phil Hughes his first win and the streaking Minnesota Twins an 8-7 victory Monday night over the Oakland Athletics.
Brian Dozier and Jordan Schafer each drove in two runs for the Twins, who won their fifth straight game.
Hughes (1-4) gave up a grand slam to Stephen Vogt five batters into the game and a solo shot to Mark Canha in the sixth, but the right-hander was good enough in between to finally get that first victory in his sixth start of the season.
Vogt added an RBI double in the ninth inning, but Glen Perkins recovered to earn his ninth save in as many attempts.
The A’s, off to their worst start in six years, lost for the eighth time in 11 games. They’re already 7 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West.