Twins Best A's 5-4

Monroe homers in Minnesota victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:51 AM CDT
Oakland Athletics left fielder Chris Denorfia can't make the catch on a ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Delmon Young in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Oakland, Calif.    (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – 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.