Jason Kubel hit a go-ahead bloop single in the eighth, and Craig Monroe drove in three runs and homered for the first time this season in the Minnesota Twins' 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Along with his solo homer in the seventh, he had an RBI double in the fifth and singled in a run in the second.
A's starter Joe Blanton (1-4) remained winless at home in 2008, dropping to 0-4 in the Coliseum. The A's had their three-game winning streak snapped. Juan Rincon (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory and Pat Neshek had a perfect eighth. Joe Nathan then finished for his seventh save in as many tries despite allowing Mike Sweeney's pinch-hit single.