MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: Brian Duensing #52 of the Minnesota Twins reacts during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. Athletics: Minnesota Falls To Oakland For 5th Straight Loss

The Minnesota Twins came up short for the fifth consecutive game on Sunday against Oakland.

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Twins Vs. Athletics Final Score: Minnesota Swept By Oakland To Kick Off Season's 2nd Half

The Minnesota Twins dropped their fifth consecutive game on Sunday afternoon, as the Oakland Athletics pulled off a thorough three-game sweep with a 9-4 win.

Much like the previous two contests earlier in the series, the Twins fared quite well against Oakland pitching with 10 hits on Sunday. But climbing out of an early hole created by starting pitcher Brian Duensing, who gave up six earned runs in just two innings, proved to be too difficult for Ron Gardenhire's team in the middle innings.

Although the Twins racked up 33 hits during the series, the exact same number Oakland produced, doing something tangible with those runners in scoring position has been a lost art for Minnesota hitters as of late. Just 17-28 at Target Field this year, the Twins will play host to the Baltimore Orioles for a four-game series starting on Monday.

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Twins Vs. Athletics Final Score: Oakland Topples Minnesota For 2nd Straight Day, 9-3

Despite racking up 14 hits against Oakland pitchers, the Minnesota Twins still could not find a way to get runs across the plate on Saturday in a frustrating 9-3 loss.

Already off to a rough start to kick off the second half of the season, the Twins actually received a hit from every single starter in the six-run loss. While Ron Gardenhire's team was able to make consistent contact versus a usually stout Athletics pitching staff, the Achilles' heel came in the fact that they left a whopping 12 men on base throughout the evening and routinely failed to move runners over in sacrifice situations.

Leadoff hitter Denard Span powered the offense with a 3-for-5 performance, while outfielder Josh Willingham also had a strong night by smacking out his 22nd home run of the year. Starter Cole De Vries earned every last bit of his second career defeat however, as the young hurler was tattooed for seven earned runs (and three homers) in just five innings.

Desperate to avoid losing three straight games before memories of the the All-Star break can even fade away, the Twins will hope for a big outing from spot-starter Brian Duensing in Sunday's series finale.

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