MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Oakland Athletics bounced back from another blown save by new closer Jim Johnson to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Wednesday.
Jared Burton gave up the one-out drive by Norris, who went deep on Tuesday night, too. Dan Otero got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the A’s.
Minnesota trailed 4-0 after a rocky first inning by Phil Hughes, who needed 40 pitches to get for his first out. Jason Kubel homered in the second inning and Brian Dozier went deep in the eighth to cut into the lead.