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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson quietly goes about his business as one of baseball's reluctant stars.
It's possible the public isn't aware of Anderson's talents because of his lack of flair and understated personality.
But his peers know.
"I think he prefers being under the radar," Erstad said. "You can't get him to talk about himself. He's here to win -- he's a perfect fit for what we have here."
Anderson hit a three-run homer off All-Star Johan Santana in the seventh inning, and threw out the potential tying run at home in the eighth as the Angels won for the 13th time in 16 games to move a season-best 20 games over .500 (52-32).
Certainly, a pretty good day.
"But just a day," Anderson said. "You've got to forget about it and move on. We've got a game tomorrow."
The 33-year-old outfielder, who will play in his third All-Star game next Tuesday, became the first Angels player to reach 1,000 career RBIs last month. He's closing in on 1,900 career hits.
Anderson drove in 15 runs in the past 13 games to give him 64 this season. He had two hits against Santana to raise his average to .311.
The Twins led 5-3 entering the seventh. Chone Figgins led off with a single and Vladimir Guerrero singled one out later. Anderson followed by hitting a 2-0 pitch from Santana for his 11th homer to chase the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and give the Angels a one-run lead.
"He got behind that at-bat. I don't think he meant to leave that pitch there," Anderson said. "He got it over the plate."
Joel Peralta (1-0) got the final out in the top of the seventh to record his first big-league victory. The 29-year-old right-hander began his professional career in 1999, and never pitched in the majors before this season.
The Twins drew within one run off Scot Shields in the eighth on three straight hits -- the last one an infield single by Shannon Stewart. But with runners at first and third and one out, Nick Punto lined to left and Anderson gunned down Mike Ryan trying to score after the catch.
"It felt much better than hitting the homer," Anderson said of his assist. "I don't have one of those arms that stand out like Ichiro and those guys. But I can make some throws."
Francisco Rodriguez threw just five pitches in the ninth for his second save in as many days, and 17th in 19 chances this season.
Santana (7-5), who hasn't won since June 8, lost his third straight decision. He allowed nine hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out three. He has a big league-leading 143 strikeouts.
"You expect him to go out there and pitch a lot better than he did today, but that's how spoiled we are," Minnesota's Torii Hunter said. "But he's human and he's going to make some mistakes. I think he was kind of fatigued today. You could tell his game was just a little off."
Minnesota's Mike Redmond matched career-highs with four hits and three RBI. The loss was just the third in 10 games for the Twins.
Minnesota went ahead 5-3 by scoring twice off Paul Byrd in the sixth on two-out, RBI singles by Luis Rodriguez and Redmond.
Peralta retired Lew Ford on a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez and a two-out, RBI single by Redmond.
Redmond opened the fifth with a homer to left-center, his first in nearly a year, making it 3-0.
The Angels tied it in the bottom half with two outs. Figgins walked, and came around on bloop singles by Erstad and Guerrero. After Anderson walked to load the bases, Bengie Molina hit an 0-2 pitch for a two-run single.
|Angels catcher Jose Molina tags out the potential tying run, thanks to Garret Anderson's throw. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Shannon Stewart, DH||5||0||1||1||0||2||0||.294|
|Nick Punto, SS-2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Jacque Jones, RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||.264|
|Torii Hunter, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.264|
|Lew Ford, LF||3||2||2||0||1||0||3||.271|
|Luis Rodriguez, 3B||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||.284|
|Mike Redmond, C||4||1||4||3||0||0||0||.271|
|Juan Castro, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Luis Rivas, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.222|
|a- Michael Ryan, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Joe Mauer, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|a-doubled for Rivas in the 8th|
|2B - Torii Hunter (22, Byrd), Michael Ryan (1, Shields)|
|3B - Justin Morneau (4, Byrd)|
|HR - Mike Redmond (1, Byrd)|
|SF - Luis Rodriguez (1)|
|RBI - Shannon Stewart (38), Luis Rodriguez 2 (5), Mike Redmond 3 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Rodriguez (1), Mike Redmond 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Mike Redmond (1)|
|E - Johan Santana (2, wild throw)|
|Johan Santana (L,7-5)||6.1||9||6||6||3||3||1||3.98|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 95-65, Jesse Crain 15-8, J.C. Romero 10-7, Juan Rincon 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-11, Jesse Crain 1-0, J.C. Romero 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Johan Santana 31, Jesse Crain 4, J.C. Romero 3, Juan Rincon 2|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.277|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.290|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||5||2||3||1||0||0||2||.348|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||2||3||1||1||2||.311|
|Bengie Molina, DH||4||0||2||2||0||0||2||.315|
|Juan Rivera, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.262|
|Jeff DaVanon, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.325|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.339|
|HR - Garret Anderson (11, Santana), Juan Rivera (6, Crain)|
|SH - Chone Figgins (3)|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (50), Garret Anderson 3 (64), Bengie Molina 2 (33), Juan Rivera (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (12), Bengie Molina 2 (16), Juan Rivera (11)|
|SB - Maicer Izturis (4, 2nd base off Crain/Redmond)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1|
|DP - G. Anderson-Molina|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Joel Peralta (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.63|
|Scot Shields (H,15)||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||2.63|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.27|
|HBP - Morneau (by Jake Woods)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 107-80, Jake Woods 3-1, Joel Peralta 2-1, Scot Shields 15-12, Francisco Rodriguez 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 6-10, Scot Shields 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 31, Jake Woods 1, Joel Peralta 1, Scot Shields 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3|
|Attendance - 41534|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Gary Darling|