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  Tuesday, Sep. 12 10:05pm ET
A's within half-game of wild-card lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Giambi is driving in runs, and that means Oakland is winning.

Giambi homered twice and had three RBI Tuesday night to lead the Athletics over the Minnesota Twins 5-3.

Jason Giambi
Twins pitcher Brad Radke waits for Jason Giambi to round 'em all. Giambi's two-run homer in the seventh put Oakland up 5-2.

"It's crunch time and he's there for us," A's manager Art Howe said. "It's nice to watch."

Giambi, who has 36 homers and 115 RBI, hit a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 5-2. He has five multihomer games this season, two in four days, and 13 in his career.

"It's just being at the right place at the right time," Giambi said. "I'm getting pitches to hit. It's real simple: I see the ball, and I hit the ball."

Eric Chavez also homered as the A's won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in 10 games. Oakland remained one game behind Seattle in the AL West and moved within a half-game of Cleveland in the wild-card race.

"This is what you dream about as a kid," said Giambi, hitting .459 (17-for-37) with six homers in September. "It's exciting to come to the ballpark every day."

Mark Mulder (9-10) allowed three hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. He walked Brian Buchanan in the second, ending the A's club record streak of consecutive innings without a walk at 39.

"After giving up that run in the fourth I got mad at myself about making dumb decisions," said Mulder, who retired his final 10 batters. "I just went to my strength, got the ball down and threw strikes. I got a lot of ground balls."

Jim Mecir and Jason Isringhausen completed the six-hitter, with Isringhausen getting the final out for his 27th save in 34 chances -- his first since Aug. 15.

Minnesota starter Brad Radke (11-15) allowed five runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He had won three of his previous four starts.

"He pitched good, but they hit a couple over the fence," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "They all count. We just didn't have much luck tonight."

The Twins have lost 13 of their last 16 road games.

"They're in the playoff hunt and were fired up," Radke said. "We didn't look as good. On the first home run, I made a pretty good pitch, and the second, I tried to make the perfect pitch and it didn't do anything. It was right down the middle. Chavez hit his homer pretty good, too."

Denny Hocking drove in all three runs for Minnesota. He singled home David Ortiz in the second, tripled in Corey Koskie in the fourth to tie it at 2, and singled home Koskie off Mecir in the ninth.

"I just try to take advantage of the situation with runners on base," said Hocking, hitting .459 (17-for-37) against the A's this season.

After Ramon Hernandez singled in Miguel Tejada to tie it in the second, Giambi homered leading off the third to make it 2-1.

After the Twins retied it, Chavez gave the A's the lead with his 22nd homer of the year leading off the fourth.

The Twins had runners on second and third with one out in the second, but Mulder got Jacque Jones on an infield popup and struck out Chad Moeller.

Game notes
Giambi had 33 homers, his previous career high, and 123 RBI last year. ... The Twins recalled RHP Danny Mota from Salt Lake City of the PCL. . ... The A's were the first major league team to go four consecutive games without a walk since Kansas City from Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 1992. ... The Twins are 4-72 when trailing after the eighth inning. ... The A's have 212 homers, third-best in the AL and third-best in franchise history.

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