MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Not much separates the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics. In fact, the last four games between them have been decided by one run.
Doug Mientkiewicz, Jacque Jones and Dustan Mohr each homered Wednesday as Minnesota beat Oakland 6-5 to extend its winning streak to four.
"Oakland and the Twins, that's pretty good baseball," Minnesota's Torii Hunter said. "It's always close. We're kind of the same team."
Joe Mays (6-3) won his third straight start, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. The Twins have won six of seven games and eight of their last nine series.
Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 15 chances, and his 20th straight dating to last year. With a runner on first, Terrence Long lined into a game-ending double play to Mientkiewicz at first base.
"Another very intense baseball game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You're seeing two very good baseball teams and fortunately for us, we won't have to see them for a while."
Minnesota, 4-1 against Oakland this season, does not play the A's again until after the All-Star game.
Chris Singleton homered for Oakland, which has lost eight of its last 14. The A's lost despite outhitting Minnesota 13-6.
"It's no cause to panic or anything like that," manager Ken Macha said. "We've been in every game."
John Halama (2-4) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and five hits, including the homers. Halama, who lasted four innings, was 6-0 against the Twins before losing twice in the past week.
"Two of the home runs were from the stretch, balls way out over the plate and up," Halama said. "It's frustrating."
Mohr broke a 4-all tie in the fourth with a two-run homer.
Oakland's Erubiel Durazo hit a two-out RBI single off Johan Santana in the seventh. The Athletics loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Eric Chavez fouled out to pitcher J.C. Romero and Miguel Tejada grounded into a fielder's choice.
Oakland took a 3-0 lead in the first on Tejada's RBI double, Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly and Long's RBI single, but Mientkiewicz hit a three-run homer in the second after squaring to bunt on the previous pitch.
"I haven't been in there a lot so I was going to bunt (with runners on first and second)," Mientkiewicz said. "That was the only pitch I was going to swing at."
Jones led off the third with a homer that hit off Singleton's glove, then went over the center-field fence. Singleton homered leading off the fourth.
"I jumped over the wall and the ball hit my fingers, and when my wrist hit the wall it popped loose," Singleton said.
Notes: The Twins optioned 1B Todd Sears to Triple-A Rochester and recalled OF Lew Ford. ... Minnesota is 100-4 over the last two seasons when leading after seven innings.
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Byrnes lf 5 0 1 0 JJones lf 4 1 1 1
Httberg dh 4 2 2 0 Gomez ss 3 0 0 0
EChavz 3b 5 1 1 0 Koskie 3b 4 0 0 0
Tejada ss 5 1 1 1 Kielty dh 4 1 0 0
Durazo 1b 4 0 2 1 THnter cf 4 1 1 0
RaHrdz c 4 0 1 1 Mntkw 1b 4 2 3 3
Mlhuse pr 0 0 0 0 Mohr rf 4 1 1 2
Long rf 5 0 2 1 Przyns c 2 0 0 0
MEllis 2b 3 0 2 0 Hcking 2b 3 0 0 0
Snglton cf 3 1 1 1
Totals 38 5 13 5 Totals 32 6 6 6
Oakland 300 100 100 -- 5
Minnesota 031 200 00x -- 6
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