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Herrmann hits slam in '19 debut, A's down Twins

EditorsNote: adds new third graf with Odorizzi update

Jul 2, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro (15) hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher Chris Herrmann hit a grand slam in his season debut, and teammates Matt Olson and Mark Canha also went deep Tuesday night, powering the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series.

Herrmann’s second career grand slam came off All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi (10-4), who was pulled from the game immediately following the fourth-inning blast due to a blister on his right middle finger.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said postgame that Odorizzi would be placed on the injured list but likely would miss only one start.

Aided by a two-run homer from Miguel Sano, his 13th of the season, the Twins took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth before Oakland seized the advantage for good.

An error by third baseman Sano, a Ramon Laureano walk and a Robbie Grossman single set the stage for Herrmann, who was signed as a free agent in December. He was playing in his first game for the A’s.

Herrmann, who spend the first four years of his career with the Twins, sustained a knee injury in spring training and hadn’t played in the majors until Tuesday. He was reinstated from the 60-day injured list before the game.

Herrmann’s only previous grand slam came as a rookie for the Twins in 2013 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Jason Castro, a native of the Oakland suburb of Castro Valley, hit a pair of home runs for the Twins, the second of which closed the gap to 7-6 in the seventh inning. The homers were his ninth and 10th of the season.

But Canha countered with his 12th homer, a solo shot, in the last of the seventh, giving the Oakland bullpen a two-run cushion.

A’s right-hander Daniel Mengden (3-1) got the win in his first career start against the Twins. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Liam Hendriks, the fourth Oakland pitcher, recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth.

Olson’s homer, his 17th of the season, was a two-run shot in the third inning that allowed the A’s to close within a run after the Twins had scored the game’s first three runs, two on Sano’s homer.

Odorizzi was charged with six runs (five earned) on four hits in three-plus innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Grossman had two hits while Canha and Laureano scored twice apiece for the A’s, who won their fourth straight.

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Castro, who also doubled, went 3-for-4, while Sano and Luis Arraez collected two hits each for the Twins, who lost for the fourth time in their past five games.

The Twins out-hit the A’s 10-8.

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