The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11, rallying from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 13-12 Wednesday when Luis Arraez threw away Ramón Laureano’s grounder for Minnesota’s second error of the 10th inning.
Nelson Cruz had two home runs and four RBIs for the Twins, and Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer against Lou Trivino for a 12-10 lead in the 10th.
Alex Colomé (1-2) got the first two outs in the bottom half with the automatic runner on second, then walked Seth Brown and Elvis Andrus, loading the bases. Mark Canha hit what should have been a game-ending grounder to second baseman Travis Blankenhorn, who entered as a pinch runner for Josh Donaldson in the 10th, but Blankenhorn allowed the ball to bounce off his glove for a run-scoring error.
Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base for the10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored.
Oakland started the season 0-6, split its next two games, then went on the 11-game winning streak, the longest in the major leagues since the A’s won 11 in a row from May 16-27, 2019.
Deolis Guerra (1-0) got the final out of the 10th.
Astros, Maldonado strike 2022 deal
Catcher Martín Maldonado and the Houston Astros agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year contract for 2022.
The deal includes a $5 million salary for 2022 and a $4 million team option for 2023 with a $500,000 buyout. The 2023 salary would become guaranteed at $5 million if Maldonado plays in 90 or more games this year.
His contract provides that he get a hotel suite on road trips plus award bonuses.
Maldonado is making $3.5 million in 2021, the second season of a $7 million, two-year contract. His 2020 pay was reduced to about $1.296 million by the coronavirus pandemic.
A Gold Glove winner in 2017, the 34-year-old Maldonado is 3 for 34 (.088) with no RBIs in 37 plate appearances this season. He has a .216 career average with 69 homers and 244 RBIs.
The Astros credit him for helping 15 rookie pitchers last season, including 10 who made their major league debuts.
He would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Twins JT Riddle on COVID-19 injured list
Infielder JT Riddle was placed on the COVID-19 injured list by the Minnesota Twins.
Riddle appeared in four games for the Twins this season, going 2 for 6 (.333) with a run scored.
“JT did not test positive for COVID. There are a lot of different COVID protocols. JT falls within one of them,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’ll be also traveling on his own back to Minneapolis where he’ll quarantine there for a period of time, and then hopefully by the end of the week we’ll have this resolved with him.”
To replace Riddle on the 26-man roster, the Twins selected the contract of catcher Tomás Telis from the taxi squad.
Telis, who spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site in St. Paul, Minnesota, has appeared in 122 career major league games, hitting .230 (58 for 252) with eight doubles, three triples, one home run and 24 RBIs over parts of five seasons with Texas and Miami (2014-18).
Tom Robson dies
Former major league player and coach Tom Robson has died. He was 75. Robson died of natural causes on Tuesday at Memory Care Facility in Chandler, Arizona, New York Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Taken by the Mets on the 50th round of the 1967 amateur draft, Robson played two seasons in the major leagues, both with the Texas Rangers. He batted .208 with four RBIs over 23 games and 54 plate appearances in 1974 and ’75, playing first base and designated hitter ... Longtime major league second baseman Neil Walker said he was retiring, ending a 12-year career that saw him become an integral part of the group that returned his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs and reach the postseason with both the Mets and Yankees ... Former All-Star Dee Strange-Gordon has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and been assigned to the alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin ... Padres righthander Dinelson Lamet left his season debut after two scoreless innings because of right forearm tightness.