WATCH: Track and field extend winning streak to 11 games after beating Twins on walking error

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The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11 on Wednesday, winning a volatile 10-innings contest against the fashionable Minnesota Twins. The game featured more than a handful of lead changes and ended in back-to-back errors.

The As fell behind early, with the Twins taking a 1-0 lead over a Josh Donaldson first-set homerun. Oakland rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the second and then again to take a 7-4 lead in the third. After back-to-back three-run innings, the Twins were up 10-9 before reaching the bottom of the sixth. The A’s would stay alive with a sacrificial fly from Matt Chapman to tie the game at 10-10 in the bottom of the ninth.

The Twins seemed to have the game in hand in the 10th inning. A two-run home run by Byron Buxton set them up by a 12-10 margin heading down the frame. Closest Alex Colomé then pulled the top two hitters out of the inning before a pair of steps and the Twins’ defense cost them the game.

First, second baseman Travis Blankenhorn failed to find a routine Grounder who scored a point. Then Luis Arraez made a routine throw into the vast foul territory of the RingCentral Coliseum. Two runners were able to come and score, sealing the fate of the Twins.

The A’s have received multiple efforts from Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson. Lowrie continued his resurgence in 2021 with a pair of doubles, while Olson delivered two homers and three runs. Olson has now made four homers and led eight points in the A’s last five games.

The As, who started the season 1-7, are now 12-7. The Seattle Mariners were gone on Thursday, which means the A’s will take exclusive possession of first place in the American West League on Friday.

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