Minnesota wasn't able to score a run off Oakland ace Barry Zito in the series opener at McAfee Coliseum. Rookie starter Boof Bonser was strong until the sixth inning, when he gave up a two-run homer and ran into trouble.
Barry Zito recorded his 1,000th career strikeout and threw seven shutout innings to beat the Twins. Frank Thomas put the A's on the board with a solo homer, and Mark Kotsay and Dan Johnson later went deep.
BATTING HR: Thomas (12, 2nd inning off Bonser, 0 on, 0 out), Kotsay (5, 6th inning off Bonser, 1 on, 1 out), Johnson (3, 7th inning off Bonser, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Kotsay 4; Chavez; Thomas 4; Crosby; Johnson 4. RBI: Thomas (29), Kotsay 2 (22), Johnson (9). 2-out RBI: Johnson. GIDP: Johnson. Team LOB: 1.