OAKLAND – When pitching coach Curt Young ran to the mound after five pitches to tinker with Trevor Cahill’s mechanics, it looked as if it could be a rough day for the Oakland Athletics.
When Cahill had to go down to the bullpen just one inning later to stay loose during a seven-run inning for Oakland’s offense, the game had already been decided.
Rajai Davis drove in four runs, Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer and the A’s jumped all over Minnesota starter Glen Perkins to beat the Twins, 16-1, Wednesday in their highest-scoring game in nearly two years.
The A’s scored five runs in the first and seven in the second — just the second time in Oakland history they opened a game with back-to-back innings of five runs or more. With all of that hitting, Cahill needed to head to the bullpen in the bottom of the second just to stay loose.
“That’s a good sign for the offense,” Davis said. “We were able to get out there and score some runs which we have been able to do lately.”
After scoring at least 12 runs just once all season heading into this series, the offensively challenged A’s pulled off the trick twice in three games against the Twins. Oakland rallied from 10 runs down to win the opener, 14-13, and then broke out to the big early lead and coasted to the easy victory to win the three-game series.
Matt Holliday went 3-for-3 with three runs scored for Oakland.
Orlando Cabrera reached base safely three times in the first two innings, scoring twice and knocking in two runs as the A’s took a 12-1 lead after two innings.
The outburst helped Cahill (6-8) win for the first time in exactly one month. He allowed a solo homer to Justin Morneau in the first inning.