Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 4

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 8/6)

Game 1: Friday, August 6
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Minnesota1
Game 2: Saturday, August 7
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Game 3: Sunday, August 8
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Game 4: Monday, August 9
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Athletics 3

(61-47, 25-32 away)

Twins 1

(61-47, 32-25 home)

8:10 PM ET, August 6, 2004

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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W: O. Dotel (2-5)

L: J. Rincon (9-4)

A's top Twins to oust Rangers from top spot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After Octavio Dotel allowed a ninth inning homer for the second time this week, he held off Minnesotalong enough for Eric Chavez to fix his mistake.

Chavez hit a go-ahead double in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics survived Dotel's second straight blown save in a 3-1 victory over the Twins on Friday night.

"I felt like it was my fault we had to play extra innings and I wanted to stay in there," said Dotel, who allowed just the one big hit in three innings. "It's great because we won and finally I finished the game."

Oakland led 1-0 before Shannon Stewart homered off Dotel (2-1) to lead off the ninth inning. On Wednesday, Dotel allowed a tying homer in the ninth to the New York Yankees' Gary Sheffield.

"I'm telling you, man, just one pitch changed the whole thing both times," Dotel said. "But, that's baseball."

Oakland manager Ken Macha thought Dotel pitched well -- except for the home run ball.

"He made a lot of good pitches, but that was a bad one," Macha said. "I look at it this way, though, we fought back in that game tonight."

Oakland moved into first in the AL West with a half-game lead over Texas. The Twins lost for just the fourth time in 17 games, but still maintain a six-game lead over both Chicago and Cleveland in the AL Central.

Eric Byrnes singled off Juan Rincon (9-4) with one out in the 11th and Chavez followed with a line drive to the left-center field gap. Jermaine Dye then hit an RBI single up the middle.

"When things are going bad, we don't win that game right there," Chavez said. "It's a good sign."

Mark Redman, Jim Mecir and Dotel combined on a four-hitter. Dotel had his fourth blown save in 12 opportunities with Oakland.

Twins starter Brad Radke allowed five hits in nine innings, giving up a run in the fifth when Erubiel Durazo doubled, Bobby Crosby bunted for a single and Marco Scutaro hit an RBI grounder.

In Radke's 11 no-decisions, Minnesota has scored just 20 runs while he is the game.

"It happens," Radke said.

Redman allowed three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He was Minnesota's first-round draft choice in 1995 and is 0-2 in six starts against this former team. Redman did not allow a runner to reach second base until the sixth inning, and at one point retired 10 in a row.

"It would have been nice to get the win, but when all is said and done the team just needs to win ballgames," Redman said.

Game notes


After the game, the Twins optioned SS Jason Bartlett Triple-A Rochester and selected the contract of infielder Augie Ojeda from Rochester. Minnesota also transferred infielder Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Twins fell to 8-36 when scoring less than four runs. ... Stewart hit his fifth homer and has hit safely in 21 of 24 games, batting .347 in that span. ... Chavez has hit safely in 22 of 25 games since returning from the disabled list on July 9. ... Mecir has not allowed a run in the last 12 innings.

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