American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, May 9th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Mike Trout went 3-for-5 with two runs
scored and two more driven in, as the Angels finally gave Ervin Santana some
run support in their 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
The Angels did not score for Santana over his previous five starts and had
pushed just two runs across when he's been on the mound this season.
But a 14-hit attack, including a two-hit, two-RBI effort from Albert Pujols,
propelled Santana (1-6) to his first win after he allowed two runs on six hits
over 7 1/3 innings.
"We haven't been getting him much support," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said
about Santana. "He battled a little bit tonight with command early, but he
pitched deep into the game and he did a good job pitching with the lead."
Carl Pavano (2-3) lasted just four-plus innings for the Twins, getting touched
for five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits.
"I wasn't able to [execute] consistently and they got to me," Pavano said.
Minnesota, currently in a 2-7 funk, scored in the fifth on Danny Valencia's
RBI groundout and again in the sixth on Josh Willingham's solo homer.
The Angels, shut out in middle test of this three-game series, put up three
runs in the third inning to take control.
Trout doubled off the left-field wall to knock in Erick Aybar, then scored on
Pujols' base hit to left. A Joe Mauer throwing error plated the third run.
Run-scoring hits by Alberto Callaspo and Pujols in the fifth made it 5-0, and
Trout added another RBI single an inning later off Alex Burnett.
The Angels won the season series, 6-3...Minnesota went 0-for-8 with runners in
scoring position, while the Angles went 7-for-14 with RISP...Santana had
been 0-9 in 10 starts dating back to September 6, 2011...After the game,
Valencia was optioned to Triple-A Rochester and Twins pitcher Matt Maloney was
designated for assignment. To fill the roster spots, Minnesota recalled
outfielder Darin Mastroianni from Rochester and selected the contract of
right-hander P.J. Walters.
05/10 01:11:43 ET