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

Fri, Aug 24, 2012 - Page 20

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