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Twins 5, Angels 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bret Boone needed 11 at-bats to get his first hit for the Minnesota Twins. It was worth the wait.

Boone was hitless in his first 10 at-bats since being traded by Seattle and 0-for-18 overall. But he fisted a single to center in the fourth inning that lifted Minnesota to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

"You have to start somewhere," said Boone, who also struck out three times. "When you come to a new team, you want to get off to a good start."

The Twins acquired Boone from the Mariners in a trade during the All Star break. He has struggled mightily at the plate this season, so he fits right in with the offensively challenged Twins.

But he came through on Saturday, capping a five-run fourth inning against Angels starter Bartolo Colon (11-6) that erased a 4-0 deficit.

"He needs at-bats," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's still missing pitches we've seen him kill before. ... I just want to see him keep swinging."

Johan Santana (8-5) was a little shaky early, but rebounded to pitch seven innings for his first victory in six starts, which included three straight losses.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 29 chances.

"My swing feels a little funky right now, a little long," said Boone, who didn't have an at-bat for 12 games before being traded to Minnesota. "I feel like I can compete, but I don't feel like myself right now."

Things certainly didn't look good early for Santana and the mistake-prone Twins.

Chone Figgins reached on an error by first baseman Justin Morneau to start the game, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored when a grounder from Vladimir Guerrero went right through the legs of third baseman Luis Rodriguez, the second error of the inning.

Garret Anderson, playing in his first game of the series after missing Thursday with a sore back and Friday to attend his grandmother's funeral in California, followed with an RBI single and scored on a double from Orlando Cabrera for a 3-0 lead.

The Twins then had runners on second and third with nobody out in the second, but failed to score after Jacque Jones struck out, Morneau flied out weakly to third and Rodriguez grounded out with the bases loaded.

The Angels added another run in the fourth when Adam Kennedy doubled home Cabrera, who had three hits in his first game back from the disabled list.

"Usually when you give a pitcher of that caliber a four-run lead, you're not going to win," Boone said.

The Twins did all their damage against a tiring Colon in the fourth. They showed uncharacteristic discipline at the plate, running Colon's pitch count into the 90s by fouling off pitch after pitch and running the count deep.

"When you make a horse like him work like that, there's a chance he runs out of steam," Gardenhire said. "And I think that's what happened out there."

Minnesota opened the inning with three straight hits, singles by Mauer and Torii Hunter and an RBI-double by Jones. Hunter scored on a sacrifice fly by Morneau to make the score 4-2 and Michael Ryan followed with his first homer of the year, a towering two-run shot to the upper deck in right field, that tied the score.

Rodriguez tripled to the gap in right-center and then scored on Boone's hit to give the Twins the lead.

"It took a lot out of Bart," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Even though we were inside, it was still a little humid and it took a toll on him later in the game."

Santana took over from there, retiring nine straight batters before giving way to Juan Rincon in the eighth. He gave up four runs -- one earned -- on five hits and struck out three.

Colon threw 114 pitches in five innings -- only the second time in 19 starts that he hasn't reached the sixth inning -- giving up eight hits and the five runs while striking out five.

"It seemed like every pitch I was making was the game-winning or game-saving type of pitch," Colon said through an interpreter. "It also happened to Johan the same way ... but he rebounded better than I did. I was not able to get it done."

Notes

Guerrero had two hits taken away from him by stellar defensive plays. In the third, SS Nick Punto dove to his left and threw him out from his knees. In the fifth, Jones crashed into the wall in right field to make a dazzling catch. ... Angels 3B Zach Sorensen got his first at-bats of the season after being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on July 9. He went hitless in three plate appearances. ... No respect: Boone's name was spelled wrong on the scoreboard. His first name was spelled 'Brett.' ... Ryan's homer was his first since Sept. 27, 2003, and the Twins' first in 173 plate appearances.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4100001 .279
Darin Erstad, 1B4000001 .288
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4100000 .320
Garret Anderson, LF4110010 .300
Bengie Molina, C4010022 .302
    Jeff DaVanon, PR0000000 .246
Juan Rivera, DH4011001 .255
Orlando Cabrera, SS4131000 .251
Zach Sorensen, 3B3000002 .000
   a- Steve Finley, PH1000011 .226
Adam Kennedy, 2B3011010 .346
Totals35473058 
a-struck out for Sorensen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (14, Santana), Adam Kennedy (12, Santana)
RBI - Juan Rivera (26), Orlando Cabrera (23), Adam Kennedy (24)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (13), Orlando Cabrera (8), Adam Kennedy (8)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (6, 2nd base off Nathan/Mauer)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chone Figgins 1
E - Zach Sorensen (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon (L,11-6) 5855351 3.64
Esteban Yan 2000110 4.06
Joel Peralta 1100010 4.50
WP - Bartolo Colon 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 114-74, Esteban Yan 31-18, Joel Peralta 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 4-6, Esteban Yan 5-1, Joel Peralta 2-0
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 26, Esteban Yan 8, Joel Peralta 4
Minnesota Twins
Nick Punto, SS5000001 .260
Bret Boone, 2B5011031 .224
Shannon Stewart, LF4010011 .291
Joe Mauer, C4120021 .305
Torii Hunter, CF3110102 .268
Jacque Jones, RF2111212 .263
Justin Morneau, 1B3001004 .259
Michael Ryan, DH3122102 .297
Luis Rodriguez, 3B4110004 .303
    Juan Castro, 3B0000000 .236
Totals335954718 
Batting
2B - Jacque Jones (12, Colon)
3B - Luis Rodriguez (2, Colon)
HR - Michael Ryan (1, Colon)
SF - Justin Morneau (5)
RBI - Bret Boone (35), Jacque Jones (43), Justin Morneau (45), Michael Ryan 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Bret Boone (8)
SB - Shannon Stewart (6, 2nd base off Yan/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Castro-Boone-Morneau
E - Justin Morneau (4, Misplayed grounder), Luis Rodriguez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (W,8-5) 7541030 3.84
Juan Rincon (H,16) 1000010 2.41
Joe Nathan (S,26) 1200010 3.35
WP - Johan Santana (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 95-67, Juan Rincon 19-13, Joe Nathan 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 10-10, Juan Rincon 1-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 28, Juan Rincon 3, Joe Nathan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34009
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Joe West