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Crisp sends the Athletics past Twins

TOP PERFORMANCE:The Athletics’ Crisp was the driving force in their game against the Twins, giving a much-needed boost in the midst of really bad news

AP, OAKLAND, California

Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics, right, steals second base, beating the tag of Pedro Florimon of the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, California, on Wednesday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double and scored three runs as the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday for their second straight winning series.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning that held up for Tommy Milone, and Crisp also singled and stole his 28th base to give the A’s a much-needed boost only a couple of hours after right-hander Bartolo Colon received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test a day before he had been scheduled to start the opener of a series at Tampa Bay.

Milone (10-9) allowed one run and two hits, struck out five and walked one in eight impressive innings to end a five-start winless stretch.

Minnesota starter Liam Hendriks (0-6) is still searching for his first major league win after 13 career starts, and nine this season.

RANGERS 12, ORIOLES 3

In Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, including two in a nine-run fourth inning, and had five RBIs for the Rangers in a victory over the Orioles.

Beltre hit his first homer leading off the second against former teammate Tommy Hunter. He connected again off Hunter for a two-run shot with none out in the fourth. He then hit another two-run drive with two outs while facing Kevin Gregg.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Mariners 3, Indians 1

‧ Rays 5, Royals 3

‧ White Sox 2, Yankees 1

‧ Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2

‧ Angels 7, Red Sox 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PHOENIX, Arizona

Rookie Wade Miley pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory, and Arizona beat Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night to complete a sweep of the first home doubleheader in Diamondbacks history.

Fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0) made his major league debut in the opener, allowing two runs and three hits over 6-2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory.

Miley (14-8) gave up four singles, struck out five and walked one.

Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run in the first, then doubled and scored in the fourth for Arizona. Aaron Hill had a two-run homer and RBI single in the first game.

Miami’s Wade LeBlanc (2-3) gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in seven innings in the nightcap.

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth in both games for his 16th and 17th consecutive saves. He has 26 saves in 29 tries on the year.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Brewers 3, Cubs 2

‧ Braves 5, Nationals 1

‧ Reds 3, Phillies 2

‧ Rockies 5, Mets 2

‧ Cardinals 4, Astros 2

‧ Padres 4, Pirates 2

‧ Giants 8, Dodgers 4

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