Twins fall to Angels, 5-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez earned his 50th save, and the Los Angeles Angels got RBI triples from Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews Jr. in the eighth inning to rally past the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday for a split of their four-...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez earned his 50th save, and the Los Angeles Angels got RBI triples from Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews Jr. in the eighth inning to rally past the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday for a split of their four-game seriess.
Trailing 3-0, the Angels got on the board when Mark Teixeira led off the sixth with his third home run of the series and seventh in 23 games since joining the Angels in a trade with Atlanta July 29.
Twins starter Kevin Slowey departed with runners at second and third and one out in the seventh, and Howie Kendrick scored on a groundout by Chone Figgins to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2.
Jason Kubel hit a drive down the right-field line that was called a home run by first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the Twins eighth. While Kubel rounded the bases, Mike Scioscia came running out of the Angels dugout to argue and implore Wendelstedt to get help from his crew mates.
It didn't take long for the ruling to be overturned, and Kubel ended up striking out against reliever Jose Arredondo (6-1).
Teixeira led off the eighth with a double against Denny Reyes and scored when Guerrero drove an 0-1 pitch from Jesse Crain (5-3) over the head of center fielder Carlos Gomez for his third triple of the season.
Torii Hunter struck out, but Matthews tripled into the right-field corner for the go-ahead run and came home on Juan Rivera's sacrifice fly.
Arredondo pitched a perfect eighth for the win, helped by the reversal of the home run call by Wendelstedt, and Rodriguez got three outs for his major league-leading 50th save -- seven behind Bobby Thigpen's record.
Minnesota's Justin Morneau homered and drove in three runs to reach the 100-RBI mark for the third straight season.
Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP, came in with one hit in his previous 31 at-bats against Angels pitching and a .182 career average against them -- 111 points lower than his lifetime average against the rest of the league. But that all changed when he singled, doubled and homered his first three times up -- driving in a run each time against Ervin Santana.
Morneau's two-out RBI single in the first inning enabled him to join Harmon Killebrew as the only players in franchise history with three consecutive 100-RBI campaigns. Both players won the AL MVP award in the first year of their respective streaks.
AL batting leader Joe Mauer extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a third-inning single and came all the way around with Minnesota's second run on a sinking line drive by Morneau to right that went under Matthews' glove and rolled past him for an RBI double.
Matthews entered in the second inning after left fielder Garret Anderson departed with a sore left knee, forcing Rivera to shift over to the other corner spot.
Santana allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings, struck out 10 and walked none.
Slowey allowed two runs and eight hits in 6Zc innings without walking a batter and struck out five.
NOTES: Figgins and Erick Aybar, the Angels' first two batters, both tried to bunt their way on and were thrown out by Nick Punto -- who started at 3B for the sixth time this season after rookie Brian Buscher made two throwing errors during the Angels' four-run third inning Saturday night. ... The Angels recalled RHP Jason Bulger from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned 1B Kendry Morales to their Pacific Coast League club. ... Punto extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Slowey has allowed only one first-inning run in 21 starts this season. ... Minnesota's Denard Span was ejected by plate umpire Brian Gorman for arguing after taking a called third strike to end the game.