MINNEAPOLIS — A’s rookie left-hander Zach Logue was impressive in his first major league start, but it still couldn’t prevent another Oakland loss.
Byron Buxton hit his ninth home run of the season and Jose Miranda connected for the first homer of his career, backing another sharp start by rookie Josh Winder and sending the Minnesota Twins over the A’s 2-1 Friday night.
Former A’s reliever Emilio Pagán escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth inning and sent the A’s to their seventh straight loss.
Pagán got Seth Brown to ground into a forceout at the plate and struck out Chad Pinder for his third save in four chances.
Logue (1-1) made his starting debut for the A’s after Cole Irvin was placed on the injured list before the game. Logue gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.
Logue was making his second major league appearance after appearing once out of the bullpen. He came to Oakland along with Gunnar Hoglund, Kevin Smith and Kirby Snead in the March trade that sent Matt Chapman to Toronto.
Meanwhile, making just his second major league start, Winder (2-0) allowed three hits and one unearned run in six innings while striking out eight and walking none. Last weekend at Tampa Bay, the 25-year-old righty got the win, pitching six shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven with one walk.
“Super, super impressive tonight,” Twins bench coach Jayce Tingler said of Winder. “We’re a month into the season and we’ve had some really good pitching outings. The one Winder threw tonight may have been the best, and I mean that with all due respect to some of the good games that have been thrown. He was in command of all his pitches.”
Tingler is filling in as manager for Rocco Baldelli, who is out with COVID-19.
The AL Central-leading Twins returned home with a win after back-to-back losses in Baltimore and got good news on shortstop Carlos Correa before the game when a CT scan showed he doesn’t have a fractured finger after being hit in the hand by a pitch.