Minnesota 10, LA Angels 9

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 56°
Umpires - Home Plate - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tom Hallion,
Attendance - 31782

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
LA Angels 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 9 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 10 20 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
LA Angels 2-4 1-2 1-2 L2
Minnesota 2-4 2-1 0-3 W2


Twins 10, Angels 9: Justin Morneau belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Denard Span had four of his team's 20 hits as host Minnesota rallied from a six-run deficit to out-slug Los Angeles for the second straight game.

Joe Mauer belted a three-run homer and Josh Willingham also went deep for the league-leading fourth time for the Twins, who posted a 6-5 triumph on Wednesday.

Mark Trumbo homered to highlight a five-run second inning and Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells had RBI doubles for the Angels, who recorded an early-season high in runs in the loss.

After Bourjos' RBI single gave Los Angeles a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth, Mauer led off the bottom half with a single to right field. Morneau then deposited an offering from Rich Thompson (0-1) over the fence in right field for his first homer.

Danny Valencia provided insurance with an RBI double in the eighth and Luke Hughes followed with a run-scoring single.

Jeff Gray (2-0), the Angels' fifth pitcher, worked one-third of an inning for the victory. Matt Capps got the save despite giving up two runs in the ninth.

After Minnesota scored three runs to tie the game at 6-6 in the seventh inning, Los Angeles quickly regained the lead in the eighth. Wells singled to center to lead off the frame, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on Bourjos' single to shallow left field.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Maicer Izturis ripped an RBI single, stole both second and third and scored on Joe Mauer's fielding error during the second inning. ... Despite going face-first into the outfield wall on Wednesday, Torii Hunter returned to the lineup. He went 1-for-5. The Angels will conclude their six-game road trip by facing the New York Yankees this weekend. ... The Twins continue their homestand with a three-game set against the Texas Rangers.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
LA Angels   Minnesota
Dan Haren Player Francisco Liriano
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 5.0
7 Strikeouts 2
9 Hits 7
5.40 ERA 9.00
LA Angels   Minnesota
Bobby Wilson Player Denard Span
2 Hits 4
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 5
1.000 Avg .800

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
LA Angels 13 1 18 .333 20 5 8 4 5 0
Minnesota 20 3 32 .465 24 9 10 3 2 1

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Texas. The Twins have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .200 after a loss.
  • LA Angels will play their next game on the road against NY Yankees. The Angels have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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