ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maicer Izturis hit his first career grand slam to help Kelvim Escobar end a personal three-game losing streak and lead the
Escobar (12-6) allowed a run and five hits over six innings. He struck out four, walked one and escaped bases-loaded jams in the third and sixth innings. The victory, coupled with Seattle's 5-3 loss at Chicago, increased the Angels' lead over the Mariners in the AL West to 3 1/2 games.
Scott Baker (6-5) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out four. In his previous two starts, the right-hander allowed one run over 16 innings. He is 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.
It was the fifth time in six games that the Twins scored fewer than two runs. The only aberration during that stretch was Wednesday's 11-4 win at Kansas City. They have scored a major league-low 84 runs since the All-Star break.
Rondell White drove in Minnesota's only run in the sixth with an RBI single that scored Torii Hunter, who kept the inning alive with a two-out dribbler up the third base line that died on the grass.
But the Angels responded in the bottom half and extended the margin to 6-1. Izturis drove an 0-1 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his fourth homer of the season after one-out singles from Garret Anderson and Gary Matthews Jr., followed by a walk to Casey Kotchman. On Monday night, Izturis hit a tiebreaking homer off Curt Schilling in the seventh inning of a 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
Los Angeles broke it open in the seventh with RBI singles by Kotchman, Jeff Mathis and Reggie Willits, followed by Chone Figgins' sacrifice fly.
White started in the left field for only the fourth time this season and first time since April 4, when he strained his right calf muscle jogging out of the dugout. White spent the next 14 1/2 weeks on the disabled list, and had been used exclusively as a designated hitter since being activated on July 22.
Escobar's wild pitch to Joe Mauer in the third inning put two runners in scoring position. The right-hander then intentionally walked the reigning AL batting champ -- and escaped the jam by retiring cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer on a flyball to center field. Cuddyer was hitless in three-at-bats against Escobar and is 0-for-13 lifetime against him.
Twins rookie Alexi Casilla, a former Angels minor league prospect who took over as the regular second baseman in Minnesota following the trade of Luis Castillo to the New York Mets on July 30, was 1-for-4 with a walk in his first game against the Halos and was called out on strikes with the bases loaded to end the sixth.
Escobar has issued only seven intentional walks in 608 1/3 innings spanning his 92 starts with the Angels. ... Tommy Watkins pinch-hit for DH Jason Kubel in the eighth and grounded out to second in his major league debut, after nine-plus seasons in the minor leagues. ... The Angeles dealt Casilla to the Twins in December 2005 for disgruntled reliever J.C. Romero, who asked to be traded after some friction with manager Ron Gardenhire. ... Mauer, who threw out Willits at third on the front end of an attempted double-steal in the fifth, is 15-for-29 in that department. ... Escobar's other start against the Twins this season was a three-hitter which resulted in a 5-1 victory on June 5 at Angel Stadium. Baker was the losing pitcher in that one, too.