A’s top Twins to take one-game lead in second wild-card spot

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The A’s (56-42) took the second game of this four-game series with a 5-3 win over the host Minnesota Twins on a balmy Friday night. The win gives them a one-game lead over Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot.

Khris Davis extended his homer-less game to 21 games but continued to hit the ball hard, collecting a pair of go-ahead RBI singles.

Ramon Laureano continued to create scoring opportunities, reaching base three times. He collected two hits, including a single he hustled out into a double.

Marcus Semien hit a home run on the third pitch of the game to give the A’s its first lead — it was his 15th home run of the year — and finished the night 3 for 4 with a triple in the ninth. Matt Olson extended his hit streak to 14 games, going 2 for 4 with an RBI on the night.

Chris Bassitt struggled with his command, racking up 83 pitches through four innings. But he managed to stretch his start through a fifth inning (on 94 pitches) while allowing just two earned runs on a Marwin Gonzalez two-run blast.

Liam Hendriks completed a five-out save, striking out three in the effort.