Angels 8, Twins 6
The Sports Xchange
By Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange
Angels 8, Twins 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Two-run singles by Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick in a five-run first inning got them started, but the Los Angeles Angels needed a two-run home run by Mike Trout in the second inning to give them an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
The win was the Angels' fourth in a row and ended the Twins' win streak at four.
The Angels did most of their damage in the first two innings, failing to score again until they pushed across a run in the eighth inning. It was enough even though Angels starter C.J. Wilson (8-6) was far from his best.
Staked to a 5-0 lead after one inning, Wilson gave up five runs in the second inning and another run in the fifth before calling it a night. He gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings.
It was not a great performance, but it was better than that of Twins starter Kyle Gibson, who lasted just two innings. Gibson (6-6) entered the game with a consecutive-scoreless-innings streak of 22 only to give up the five in the first inning and two more in the second on Trout's homer.
The Angels' lead was tenuous at best with their inconsistent bullpen asked to protect a one-run lead, but they did it. Mike Morin (sixth inning), Kevin Jepsen (seventh), Ernesto Frieri (eighth) and Joe Smith (ninth, sixth save) each pitched a scoreless frame.
Jepsen encountered the most danger, giving up a leadoff double to shortstop Danny Santana in the seventh, followed by a walk to second baseman Brian Dozier. But Jepsen got a big double-play ball when first baseman Joe Mauer's sharp grounder was scooped up by second baseman Kendrick, who stepped on second and made an off-balance throw to first.
The Twins also had good work out of the bullpen, particularly from Samuel Deduno, who relieved Gibson and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
The Angels added an insurance run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Kole Calhoun.
Dozier led the Twins with three hits.
Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson entered the game with a 22 consecutive scoreless innings streak, but it ended quickly when the Angels scored five runs in the first.
The Angels only had two hits in the inning, two-run singles by both left fielder Josh Hamilton and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Gibson made things difficult on himself by walking two batters and hitting one, all three coming around to score.
Angels lefty C.J. Wilson, though, gave all five runs right back to the Twins in the top of the second inning. Left fielder Josh Willingham and Kendrys Morales began the inning with back-to-back home runs, and the Twins eventually batted around, getting six hits in the inning to tie the game at 5.
The Angels regained the lead at 7-5 in the third inning on center fielder Mike Trout's two-run homer, his team-leading 17th of the season. The Twins later cut their deficit to 7-6 on a sacrifice fly by Morales in the fifth inning.
NOTES: Angels hitting coach Don Baylor was cleared by doctors to suit up and join the club on the bench for the first time this season. Baylor fractured his right femur while catching the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero on opening night. ... Twins RF Oswaldo Arcia, mired in an 0-for-31 slump, was not in the starting lineup. During those 31 at-bats, he has reached base three times -- two walks and one hit-by-pitch. Arcia's last hit came June 11 vs. Toronto. OF Chris Parmelee started in Arcia's place. ... Angels manager Mike Scioscia began the night needing seven wins to tie Whitey Herzog for 34th place on the all-time list with 1,281 managerial victories.