American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota|
(Monday, May 7th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - In his first start since tossing a no-
hitter against Minnesota on May 2, Jered Weaver spun six strong innings of
one-run ball to lift the Angels over the Twins, 8-3, in the opener of a three-
game set at Target Field.
Weaver (5-0) allowed just three hits and walked two over six frames as he
became the first pitcher since Derek Lowe in 2002 to throw a no-hitter against
a team and then face them in his next outing.
"A lot of things went my way," said Weaver. "They hit the ball hard and
obviously it wasn't like it was the start before but it's always tough
pitching against the same team two times in row."
Albert Pujols ended his home run drought at 139 at-bats on Sunday and knocked
in two runs on Monday while Alberto Callaspo added a two-run homer and
finished with three RBI to help the Angels earn their third straight victory.
Francisco Liriano (0-5) is still in search of his first win in 2012 after
giving up four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. Denard
Span and Joe Mauer each knocked in a run as Minnesota dropped its third
Maicer Izturis led off the game with a line-drive single into left field,
moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later on a groundout
from Pujols to give the Halos an early 1-0 lead.
After Izturis worked a one-out walk in the third, Callaspo belted his first
home run of the season over the wall in left to make it a 3-0 contest.
LA loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on consecutive singles and a
Chris Iannetta walk. Peter Bourjos then plated Howie Kendrick with a sacrifice
fly to extend the margin to 4-0.
Minnesota finally got to Weaver in the fifth as back-to-back singles around a
Trevor Plouffe walk loaded the bases. After Jamey Carroll popped out, Denard
Span slapped a groundball to shortstop but Kendrick was unable to turn the
double-play at second, allowing Chris Parmelee to score to cut the deficit
The Angels tacked on a run in the seventh on an RBI single from Pujols but the
Twins rallied in the eighth as Carroll launched a leadoff double and Brian
Dozier followed two batters later with a single to put runners on the corners.
Mauer stepped to the plate, ripping a single through the hole on the right
side to bring the Twins within three before Ryan Doumit's sacrifice fly made
it a 5-3 contest.
"That seems to be the story every day," said Carroll about his team not being
able to get the big hit when they need it. "Obviously it's frustrating and not
the way you want it to be, but that's the way it went down tonight."
The Halos blew the game open in the ninth as Bourjos reached on a bunt
single and came around to score on Callaspo's RBI single. After Pujols popped
out and Torii Hunter walked, Minnesota seemed to be out of the inning as Mark
Trumbo lifted a fly ball to left field, but the ball went in and out of
Erik Komatsu's glove in left, allowing Callaspo and Hunter to score to extend
the lead to 8-3.
Weaver improved to 7-3 in 13 career starts against the Twins...The Angels have
won five of seven against the Twins this season and swept them in a three-game
set from April 30-May 2...LA left seven on base and went 3-for-12 with runners
in scoring position while the Twins stranded five and finished 3-for-10 with
men in scoring position.
05/08 00:05:33 ET