American League Game Summary - Minnesota at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, April 30th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Minnesota 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer and drove in
three, C.J. Wilson pitched into the eighth inning and the Angels defeated the
Twins, 4-3, on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Albert Pujols doubled and
also crossed the plate for the Angels, who had dropped six of their last seven
games coming in.
Wilson (3-2) was charged with three runs - all in the eighth inning -- on five
hits and a walk and Scott Downs recorded the final four outs for his second
save of the season.
Alexi Casilla went 3-for-4 with an RBI double for Minnesota, which fell
to 6-16. Nick Blackburn (0-3) allowed three runs on seven hits over six
innings to suffer the loss.
Hunter followed Pujols' double with a two-out RBI single in the first and
struck again in the fourth, belting a homer to left-center after Morales began
the frame with a single.
"I've been having good at bats," said Hunter. "I'm hoping it will be
Chris Iannetta added a solo shot in the seventh for a 4-0 lead before Wilson
ran into trouble in the eighth. He hit Chris Parmelee to start the inning and
Casilla followed with a run-scoring double to left.
Denard Span's subsequent single plated Casilla and Wilson was relieved after
inducing Jamey Carroll into a fielder's choice groundout. Josh Willingham
greeted LaTroy Hawkins with a base hit and Sean Burroughs' fielder's choice
groundout placed runners at the corners. Danny Valencia's line drive single
past shortstop Erick Aybar made it 4-3, but Downs retired Ryan Doumit to
preserve the lead, then grounded out Span after Casilla's two-out single in
"We were in the ball game until the end," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"We just couldn't get that one run to tie it."
Hunter is now three runs shy of 1,000 for his career...Pujols is one run shy
of 1,300 for his career...Blackburn hasn't won since July 8, 2011 versus
Chicago (AL). He is 0-7 in 12 starts since that victory, which marks the
longest winless stretch of his career.
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