Minnesota at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: K. Slowey (1-0) L: J. Lackey (9-4)
S: J. Nathan (13)
HR: MIN - M. Cuddyer (8), N. Punto (1), J. Bartlett (1)   ANA - H. Kendrick (3)

Twins 8, Angels 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Luis Castillo's major league-record errorless streak for second basemen ended at 143 games. More important to him and the Minnesota Twins, their four-game skid also came to a halt.

Nick Punto, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Bartlett homered and Kevin Slowey lasted long enough to get his first major league win as the Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Wednesday.

Castillo, who won three consecutive Gold Gloves with Florida, hadn't committed an error since May 29, 2006 -- also at Angel Stadium -- when he misplayed a line drive by Chone Figgins. But Figgins was involved again in the first-inning error that snapped Castillo's streak after 647 chances without one.

Vladimir Guerrero grounded to Bartlett at shortstop and his sidearm throw to Castillo for the attempted force on Figgins tipped off Castillo's glove.

"When I made the error, the first thing I wanted to do was pick up the ball and throw it away," Castillo said. "The kind of error I made, that's an easy play. That's the easiest play that I can make. You don't see an error made like that. I knew one day the streak would be over, but I feel proud of myself because that's a long time without an error."

The Twins took advantage of a key error by sure-handed Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera, stopping Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.

Slowey (1-0) allowed five runs and 10 hits over five-plus innings in his second big league start. He left after Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff homer in the sixth that trimmed Minnesota's lead to 6-5.

Joe Nathan, the fifth Twins pitcher, closed for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Angels starter John Lackey (9-4) gave up six runs in seven innings after being staked to a 4-0 lead.

"It was definitely a game I thought I'd win," Lackey said. "Every time I start, I think I'm going to win. I don't care who I'm facing. We hit the ball well and scored enough runs."

The Twins pulled ahead 6-4 with four runs in the sixth after Cabrera misplayed a potential double-play grounder by Jason Kubel. Punto then drove a full-count pitch over the 18-foot wall in right-center for a three-run homer, and Justin Morneau capped the rally with an RBI single.

"The error was more surprising than anything to me because he's played such great defense all year," Lackey said. "He's definitely saved more than he's let in, so it was unfortunate that I wasn't able to pick him up."

Cuddyer had three hits and drove in three runs for the Twins, who lost the first two games of the series 16-3 and 5-1. Bartlett hit his first home run of the season.

"I don't know if it was as much John as it was some things he couldn't control," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "A couple of plays weren't made and we gave them a couple of extra outs in the fifth when they got the four runs. That's tough for any pitcher. They've got a tough lineup over there and they put it together and bunched some hits to get back into the game. John usually pitches well with the lead, but just couldn't get through a couple of innings."

The Angels opened the scoring in the second with Mike Napoli's RBI single and Reggie Willits' run-scoring double. They made it 4-0 in the third with Casey Kotchman's RBI double and another run-scoring single by Napoli.

Lackey retired his first 10 batters, but Jeff Cirillo ended the Twins' drought with a single and Cuddyer followed with his eighth homer.

"It's a great win for our ballclub," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Getting behind Lackey is not the way you want to go about your business too often. He's a pretty tough pitcher. But we kept playing the game, Slowey gave it everything he had and our bullpen came in and did just a super job."


The major league record for consecutive errorless games by any infielder is 193, set by former Dodgers and Padres 1B Steve Garvey. ... Punto's homer was his first since Aug. 25, 2006, against Javier Vazquez of the White Sox. ... Cabrera won a Gold Glove in 2001 with the Montreal Expos and was leading all major league shortstops with a .988 fielding average coming in. ... Nathan Haynes made his first big league start in RF while Guerrero was the DH.

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Players of the Game

M. Napoli
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

N. Punto
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B5230000 .339
Jeff Cirillo, 1B4110101 .216
Michael Cuddyer, RF4133101 .298
Justin Morneau, DH5011013 .276
Torii Hunter, CF4000023 .302
Mike Redmond, C4110001 .301
Jason Kubel, LF4100000 .243
Nick Punto, 3B4113000 .226
Jason Bartlett, SS4111000 .238
2B - Michael Cuddyer (11, Moseley)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (8, Lackey), Nick Punto (1, Lackey), Jason Bartlett (1, Moseley)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer 3 (41), Justin Morneau (45), Nick Punto 3 (13), Jason Bartlett (11)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (10), Justin Morneau (16), Jason Bartlett (7)
SB - Luis Castillo (5, 2nd base off Moseley/Napoli)
CS - Luis Castillo (1, 2nd base by Lackey/Napoli)
Team LOB - 5
E - Luis Castillo (1, Missed catch of throw), Nick Punto (3, Dropped fly)
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey (W,1-0) 51054021 4.09
Matt Guerrier (H,4) 1.2000020 1.72
Carmen Cali (H,1) 0.1000100 0.00
Pat Neshek (H,5) 1000020 1.26
Joe Nathan (S,13) 1000000 2.05
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 84-60, Matt Guerrier 24-15, Carmen Cali 6-2, Pat Neshek 15-9, Joe Nathan 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 4-10, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Pat Neshek 1-0, Joe Nathan 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 26, Matt Guerrier 5, Carmen Cali 2, Pat Neshek 3, Joe Nathan 3
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, CF5011010 .320
Chone Figgins, 3B5010001 .220
Orlando Cabrera, SS5120001 .333
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4000022 .348
Casey Kotchman, 1B3121112 .315
Garret Anderson, LF4110004 .243
Mike Napoli, C4022012 .263
Howie Kendrick, 2B4211012 .248
Nathan Haynes, RF4000001 .143
2B - Reggie Willits (7, Slowey), Casey Kotchman (13, Slowey), Garret Anderson (10, Slowey)
HR - Howie Kendrick (3, Slowey)
RBI - Reggie Willits (13), Casey Kotchman (29), Mike Napoli 2 (21), Howie Kendrick (7)
2-OUT RBI - Reggie Willits (3), Mike Napoli (6)
Team LOB - 7
PB - Mike Napoli (1)
E - Orlando Cabrera (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (L,9-4) 7764122 2.60
Dustin Moseley 1.2422111 1.93
Darren Oliver 0.1000000 7.31
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 113-74, Dustin Moseley 28-19, Darren Oliver 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 9-10, Dustin Moseley 1-3, Darren Oliver 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 29, Dustin Moseley 10, Darren Oliver 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36453
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis