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A's one win from ALCS
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Athletics 5, Twins 2
Mark Kotsay and the A's are on the verge of their first postseason series win since 1990. (AP)
The A's took the lead for good when Mark Kotsay's inside-the-park homer scored two in the seventh inning, and then held on against Minnesota to move within one victory of the American League Championship Series. Esteban Loaiza gave up two runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.
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OAK
October 4, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1   5 11 0
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   2 9 0
MIN
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5121012.222
Kotsay, CF5112003.222
Bradley, RF4000001.000
Thomas, DH3010110.571
Chavez, 3B4000022.000
Payton, LF4020011.375
Swisher, 1B4220013.429
Scutaro, SS4111003.250
Ellis, 2B4020011.286
  Jimenez, 2B0000000.000
Totals3751141716 

BATTING
2B: Thomas (1, Bonser), Swisher 2 (2, Bonser, Rincon), Scutaro (2, Bonser), Kendall (1, Nathan).
HR: Kotsay (1, 7th inning off Reyes, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Kendall 3; Kotsay 4; Thomas 2; Payton 2; Swisher 4; Scutaro 2; Ellis 2.
RBI: Scutaro (2), Kendall (1), Kotsay 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Kotsay 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scutaro; Payton; Bradley; Kotsay.
GIDP: Kotsay.
Team LOB: 6.

 
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B4010130.333
Punto, 3B5010012.125
Mauer, C4010002.143
Cuddyer, RF4121000.375
Morneau, 1B4121002.250
Hunter, CF4010010.125
White, LF4000002.250
Tyner, DH3000110.000
Bartlett, SS4010011.286
Totals36292279 

BATTING
HR: Cuddyer (1, 6th inning off Loaiza, 0 on, 0 out), Morneau (1, 6th inning off Loaiza, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Castillo; Punto; Mauer; Cuddyer 5; Morneau 5; Hunter; Bartlett.
RBI: Cuddyer (1), Morneau (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morneau; White; Mauer; Bartlett; Punto.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tyner (1, 2nd base off Calero/Kendall).

FIELDING
DP: (Morneau-Bartlett).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Loaiza 5.08220223.60
Calero (W, 1-0)1.00001100.00
Duchscherer (H, 1)2.00000300.00
Street (S, 2)1.01001104.50
 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bonser 6.07221303.00
Neshek (L, 0-1)0.21110009.00
Reyes 0.111100127.00
Rincon 1.11110306.75
Nathan 0.21000100.00

Loaiza pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

WP: Nathan.
Pitches-strikes: Loaiza 98-65, Calero 14-7, Duchscherer 21-16, Street 25-14, Bonser 87-54, Neshek 14-10, Reyes 6-3, Rincon 19-16, Nathan 10-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Loaiza 11-2, Calero 0-2, Duchscherer 1-2, Street 0-2, Bonser 9-6, Neshek 1-1, Reyes 1-0, Rincon 1-0, Nathan 0-1.
Batters faced: Loaiza 23, Calero 4, Duchscherer 6, Street 5, Bonser 25, Neshek 3, Reyes 2, Rincon 5, Nathan 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes 1-1, Nathan 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Kerwin Danley. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Tim Tschida. LF: Tony Randazzo. RF: Randy Marsh.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:02.
Att: 55,710.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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