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Twins get rare win over A’s

Josh Willingham of the Twins celebrates after his two-run home run in the eighth inning against Oakland on Sunday.

OAKLAND, Calif. (TSX) — The Minnesota Twins were deadlocked 1-1 with Oakland through seven innings Sunday, and they needed someone to step up and keep the A’s from beating them for a 13th straight time and sweeping them for the second time this season.

Not one, but two former A’s came through to lift the Twins to 6-1 victory at the Coliseum.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki drilled an RBI double high off the left-field wall against A’s reliever Luke Gergerson with one out in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. Then with two outs, left fielder Josh Willingham crushed a two-run homer over the left field fence, making it 4-1.

“It just feels good to win,” said Willingham, who hit 29 homers for the A’s in 2011. “We needed this game badly. Losing the first three, we needed to get this one bad.”

The Twins (52-64) beat the A’s for the first time since Sept. 10, 2013.

 “We needed that desperately,” Gardenhire said. “He pitched well. We needed to figure out a way to beat these guys.”