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Brandon McCarthy vs Scott Baker Battle Sees Minnesota Fall 5-3

Brandon McCarthy vs Scott Baker Battle Sees Minnesota Fall 5-3

Oakland grabbed a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday, as Brandon McCarthy was credited with a win at Target Field.

Oakland was an underdog by +127 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.

Brandon McCarthy earned the victory for the Athletics, throwing 7 1/3 innings of work, striking out 5, walking 0, and allowing 9 hits and 2 earned runs. That effort was supported by 1 RBI from Josh Willingham in the win.

Minnesota's starting pitcher Scott Baker worked 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Justin Morneau in a losing cause.

Minnesota enjoyed an edge at the plate with a 10-9 advantage in hits.

The game was closed out by Brian Fuentes who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 0 hits, 0 walks and fanned 1 batter to earn the save.

Next game, Oakland takes its act on the road to face Chicago looking for another win. For Minnesota, they head home to face Kansas City.