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Streak ends as A's fall to Twins
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 6      0   Final
09/06/2002 10:57 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
 Twins 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 X 6 10 0
Streak ends as A's fall to Twins
First loss in 21 games shrinks Oakland's division lead
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com

Cory Lidle gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke did something Friday that nobody's been able to do since Aug. 12. He beat the A's, ending Oakland's American League-record winning streak at 20 games.

Radke, who last Friday was the losing pitcher when Oakland extended its streak to 16, held the A's to six hits while going the distance to outduel Cory Lidle in a 6-0 victory that opened a three-game series in front of 27,409.

Oakland's Mark Mulder squares off with Joe Mays on Saturday, and Barry Zito takes on Eric Milton in the series finale Sunday.

In suffering only their fifth loss in 33 games, the A's also lost a game of their lead in the American League West. The Anaheim Angels won their eighth in a row Friday to pull within two games.

The Twins wasted no time in getting to Lidle (8-10), who was making his first start since being named the AL Pitcher of the Month for August. Jacque Jones led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and one out later Corey Koskie doubled him home.

Two innings later Minnesota struck again when Luis Rivas tripled into the left-center gap and scored on Cristian Guzman's groundout to second for a 2-0 lead.

The A's, meanwhile, came up empty in their two early threats against Radke (7-4). They loaded the bases with two out in the first, but David Justice popped out to end the inning. In the third they had runners at first and third with one out on a double by Scott Hatteberg and a single by Miguel Tejada, but Eric Chavez struck out and Jermaine Dye grounded out to third.

Tejada's leadoff single in the sixth also went wasted when Chavez popped out and Dye hit into a double play started by third baseman Koskie. In the bottom of the inning, Koskie led off and belted his 11th homer of the year, a shot that made it into the left-center bleachers for a 3-0 lead.

It was the first long ball allowed by Lidle since July 14, a span of nine starts.

The Twins chased Lidle in the seventh when A.J. Pierzynski doubled with one out and scored from second on Jones' two-out infield single. Tejada fielded Jones' ground ball and fired a one-hopper to first, where Hatteberg had trouble getting a handle on it before firing home. Running all the way, Pierzynski arrived at the plate just as Hatteberg's throw got there and slid under the tag of catcher Ramon Hernandez.

Lidle, who allowed four runs on eight hits in his first loss since July 30, was replaced by left-hander Micah Bowie, who promptly gave up an RBI double to Guzman for a 5-0 Twins lead.

Mike Fyrhie worked the eighth for the A's and allowed the game's final run when Torii Hunter, who led off with a double and moved up on a fielder's choice, scored on a wild pitch.

Mychael Urban covers the Oakland A's for MLB.com and can be reached at murban@oaklandathletics.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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BOX SCORE
Minnesota Twins 6, Oakland Athletics 0
Oakland Athletics
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DurhamDH 4000000.299
Hatteberg1B 4020010.273
TejadaSS 4020011.312
Chavez3B 4020013.284
DyeRF 3000104.252
JusticeLF 4000004.279
Ellis2B 3000010.268
LongCF 3000000.243
HernandezC 2000000.236
a-MyersPH-C 1000010.233
Totals320601512
a-Struck out for Hernandez in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Hatteberg (20, Radke), Chavez (30, Radke).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Justice 3, Dye.
GIDP: Dye.
Team LOB: 6.
 
Minnesota Twins
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
JonesLF 4221002.297
GuzmanSS 4012012.274
Koskie3B 3132000.273
OrtizDH 4000024.279
HunterCF 4110011.297
Mientkiewicz1B 4000011.264
CuddyerRF 4000011.191
PierzynskiC 4120000.299
Rivas2B 3110002.245
Totals3461050613
BATTING
2B: Jones (33, Lidle), Koskie (34, Lidle), Pierzynski (28, Lidle), Guzman (26, Bowie), Hunter (33, Fyhrie).
3B: Rivas (3, Lidle).
HR: Koskie (11, 6th inning off Lidle, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Koskie 2 (61), Guzman 2 (52), Jones (77).
2-out RBI: Jones, Guzman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hunter, Guzman, Ortiz.
Team LOB: 5.
FIELDING
DP: (Koskie-Rivas-Mientkiewicz).
Oakland Athletics
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lidle (L, 8-10) 6.28550513.86
Bowie 0.11000100.96
Fyhrie 1.01110004.98
Minnesota Twins
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Radke (W, 7-4) 9.06001504.67
WP: Fyhrie.
HBP: Koskie (by Bowie).
Pitches-strikes: Lidle 109-68, Bowie 11-7, Fyhrie 26-17, Radke 113-79.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lidle 11-4, Bowie 0-0, Fyhrie 2-1, Radke 12-10.
Batters faced: Lidle 28, Bowie 3, Fyhrie 4, Radke 33.
Inherited runners-scored: Bowie 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Jeff Kellogg.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:48.
Att: 27,409.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner