American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota|
(Monday, April 15th)
Final Score: Minnesota 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer finished 4-for-5 with a solo home
run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-2
victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game
set Monday at Target Field.
Trevor Plouffe tallied two hits, including a solo homer, and Pedro Florimon
added a pair of RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who snapped a five-game
"It was a good night," Mauer said. "The ball was carrying better. The balls I
hit carried pretty good. I've been disappointed a few times this season, but
tonight it was flying a little bit better."
Kevin Correia (1-1) limited the Angels to eight hits and two runs over seven
frames to earn the victory. The right-hander struck out five and walked one.
Peter Bourjos and Brendan Harris each stroked solo shots to account for Los
Angeles' offense, while starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was touched for four runs on
nine hits over 4 2/3 frames for the Halos, who had won two straight.
"It's early," Blanton said of his team's struggles. "You can only say that for
so long, but three starts in, I think you look at history and guys will turn
around and start going into seven innings and hopefully be able to stay here."
After both teams plated a run in the first and third innings, Plouffe led off
the bottom of the fourth with a towering fly ball into the left-field seats to
give the Twins the lead for good.
Mauer followed an inning later with a leadoff blast of his own to make it a
two-run game before the Minnesota catcher knocked in another run with a single
in the sixth to push the Twins' lead to 5-2.
Minnesota then broke the game open with a three-run eighth, as Aaron Hicks
worked a leadoff walk, stole second, and found third on LA reliever Mark
Lowe's wild pitch.
Brian Dozier followed with a walk before Florimon stroked a double to left to
score Hicks and Dozier for a 7-2 lead.
Mauer capped his offensive outburst two batters later, as his single to center
scored Florimon to account for the final margin.
Bourjos launched the fifth pitch of the game over the wall in left-center
field to give the Halos an early 1-0 lead, but the Twins answered in the
bottom half when Mauer scorched a one-out double before scoring on Ryan
Doumit's two-out single.
LA again led briefly in the third when Harris started the frame with his first
homer of the season.
The Twins countered in the bottom half though, as Darin Mastroianni led off
with a single and stole second before scoring on Justin Morneau's double to
tie the game at 2-2.
All players and on-field personnel wore No. 42 on their uniforms to celebrate
Jackie Robinson Day. Sixty-six years ago, Robinson played in his first major
league game, breaking the color barrier in baseball ... Minnesota outfielder
Oswaldo Arcia, who was recalled on Monday, smacked a single in the second for
his first major league hit ... Minnesota went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring
position and left eight on base ... LA went 0-for-5 with men in scoring
position and stranded six baserunners.
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