In Minneapolis, Mickey Hatcher had his first-ever five-for-five game to enable the Twins to win their seventh straight.
"It was just one of those days," he said. He had been three for 21 going into the game. He got three singles and a double, all on first pitches from former Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Don Sutton (2-2), then singled off Jeff Kaiser in the seventh.
"I would've been better off to have just called in sick," Sutton said.
Hatcher recalled that when he had come up with the Dodgers Sutton had "helped me grow up a lot, just by being a gentleman off the field. He'd come over to me in the lobby when I was a rookie."
Frank Viola (3-2) won although he allowed 13 hits in 8 1/3 innings. Ron Davis got his third save. The Twins scored all their runs off Sutton.
Minnesota sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning and took a 3-0 lead. Gary Gaetti and Greg Gagne doubled, Kirby Puckett walked with two out, then Hatcher and Kent Hrbek drove in runs with singles.
Oakland got a run in the fourth on Dusty Baker's sacrifice fly, but Sutton gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning. Rookie Mark Salas hit his first homer, Hatcher doubled with one out, Tom Brunansky singled, Roy Smalley walked and Gaetti doubled for a 7-1 lead.
The Twins scored their last run in the fifth on a single by Hatcher. Oakland's Carney Lansford had an RBI single in the fifth and Rob Picciolo hit a two-run homer in the seventh. The A's scored their last two runs in the ninth on Steve Henderson's RBI single and a relay throwing error by second baseman Tim Teufel.