Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Justin Morneau got one more chance and took
Morneau, after leaving the bases loaded in the third and sixth innings,
followed a Joe Mauer single with his first home run of the season in the
bottom of the eighth to give Minnesota the lead and the Twins went on to a
10-9 victory over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a three-game set
at Target Field.
"I easily could have been frustrated or down on myself or whatever," Morneau
said. "I think that is part of maturing as a baseball player, learning to move
past each at bat and realize each one you get to start over."
Mauer also connected for his first homer, a three-run shot in fifth, and
finished 3-for-5 to highlight the Twins' 20-hit attack. Josh Willingham added
three hits with a solo homer and Denard Span went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a
run scored in the victory.
Minnesota, which rallied for a 6-5 triumph on Wednesday for its first win of
the young campaign, came back from deficits of 6-0 and 7-6 on Thursday. The
Twins then had to hold on after taking a 10-7 lead to the ninth.
The Angels watched their six-run lead disappear, then went back in front with
a run in the eighth. Vernon Wells led off with a single against Jared Burton
and took second on a two-out wild pitch by Brian Duensing before scoring on a
single into left field by Peter Bourjos.
Mauer then led off the bottom of the inning with a single into right field off
Rich Thompson (0-1) and Morneau drilled a 2-1 pitch deep into the right field
seats to put the Twins ahead.
Minnesota was not yet done, however, as Willingham singled off the glove of
third baseman Alberto Callaspo and scored on a double by Danny Valencia. Luke
Hughes stroked a two-out base hit to chase home a big insurance run.
Matt Capps surrendered singles to Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter to start the
ninth and Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI base hit. After the Twins failed to
turn a double play cleanly, leaving runners on the corners, Callaspo knocked
in a run with a grounder to first and Chris Iannetta bounced to third for the
Capps notched his second save in as many games and Jeff Gray (2-0) picked up
the win by retiring the only batter he faced. Minnesota starter Francisco
Liriano was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits in five
Dan Haren went the first five innings for the Angels and was tagged for three
runs on nine hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Haren said his team's 2-4
start is nothing to worry about.
"We know that we're better than how we're playing right now," he said. "It's
only six games. We've got 156 left, so we're not going to blow this up too
Trumbo started a five-run second inning for the Angels with a leadoff homer.
Callaspo singled with one out, took second on a base hit by Bobby Wilson and
scored the second run on a double by Bourjos. Maicer Izturis chased home both
runners with a base hit and stole second before a walk to Howie Kendrick. The
two then pulled off a double steal and Izturis scored on Mauer's throwing
Minnesota threatened in the third after Ben Revere and Alexi Casilla started
the inning with singles. Jamey Carroll then drew a walk to load the bases, but
Mauer popped up and Morneau flied to right to strand all three.
The Angels tacked on a run in the fifth with a two-out rally. Trumbo walked
after the first two batters were retired and stole second before scoring on
Wells' ground-rule double.
Minnesota finally answered in the bottom of the inning. Span and Carroll each
singled with one out before Mauer came through with a blast into the right
field seats to make it 6-3.
The Twins loaded the bases in the sixth against Hisanori Takahashi with a pair
of two-out singles sandwiched around a walk, but Kevin Jepsen came on and
retired Morneau on a fly ball to left.
Willingham connected for his fourth homer of the season to start the seventh,
pulling the Twins within two. Chris Parmelee followed with a double, advanced
to third on a base hit by Valencia and trotted home on a sacrifice fly by
Hughes. Valencia scored the tying run an infield single by Span, who arrived
at first the same time Scott Downs did and inadvertently spiked the pitcher in
Mauer and Morneau homered in the same game at Target Field for the first
time...Willingham has hit safely in all six games this season...Morneau has
552 career runs scored and surpassed Roy Smalley for 13th on Twins' all-time
list...Valencia had three hits for Minnesota and every Twins starter had at
least one hit...Hunter now has a 10-game hitting streak against his former
team...Downs exited the contest under his own power after Span stepped on his
left ankle...The Angels head to New York for a three-game weekend series with
the Yankees...The Twins will remain home this weekend for a three-game set
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