Surging Twins beat Athletics 6-5 to finish home stand 8-3

Cole pitches into 5th inning in Pirates’ loss to Twins

Eddie Rosario drove in two runs and Glen Perkins got four outs for his 10th save to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Thursday.

Eduardo Escobar also drove in two runs, and the Twins overcame a rough start from Ricky Nolasco to win for the seventh time in eight games. Nolasco (2-1) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, but the Twins still finished their longest homestand of the season at 8-3.

Drew Pomeranz (1-3) walked a career-high five while giving up six runs — four earned — and three hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Athletics. Ike Davis had a homer, a double and two RBIs, and Billy Butler added two hits and an RBI.