Kyle Farmer spoiled Freddy Tarnok’s season debut with a game-tying home run in the seventh inning and the road game. Minnesota Twinsafter blowing a 6-0 lead, he held on to beat the Oakland Athletics Saturday afternoon from 10-7
Michael A. Taylor also made it home in the Geminiwho entered the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak, but came out with narrow victories over the Ak.
After his teammates scored in four straight innings to tie the game at 7-7, Tarnok (0-1) put the first two away. Gemini in the seventh before Farmer launched his fifth homer of the season to left field. Tarnok was promoted from Triple-A on Friday
Minnesota plated a run in the eighth when Byron Buxton worked Tarnok with a 10-pitch, bases-loaded walk and in the ninth when Willi Castro tripled and raced home on Ryan Jeffers’ squeeze bunt.
Tyler Soderstrom, who was unlucky in the league on Friday, had his second single in the bottom of the eighth. When Nick Allen hit a two-out single, Oakland cut it to 9-7 and had a potential tie.
But Oliver Ortega got All-Star Brent Rooker to fly out to right field to end the threat before Jhoan Duran pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save.
Reliever Jovani Moran (2-2) got the win.
Tarnok, who struck out two runs in 2 2/3 innings, suffered the loss in just his second major league appearance.
THE Gemini used a two-run uprising in each of the first three innings to take a 6-0 lead. Farmer had a two-run double in the first, Carlos Correa had a two-run single in the second and Taylor had a two-run homer, his 11th of the season in the third.
Ryan Noda’s solo shot and Seth Brown’s two-run home run highlighted the rally against Oakland. Gemini starter Pablo Lopez, who was charged with seven runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven
Allen’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth against Lopez, the last batter, tied the game at 7-7.
Farmer finished with three hits and three RBIs Gemini. Jeffers scored three times and Castro twice, while Taylor had two hits, two runs and two RBIs and Correa had three hits and two RBIs.
Allen joined Soderstrom with two hits for the A’s, who lost their sixth straight. Allen scored twice, while he and Brown each had two RBIs.
— Field Level Media