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Jered Weaver worked effectively into the eighth inning after equally impressive victories by Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey, and the AL West leaders received home runs from Chone Figgins and Jeff Mathis to beat the Twins 6-2 on Sunday.
"We know those guys are good pitchers," Minnesota's Torii Hunter said. "Those three are big names right now. But at the same time, anybody can be beat. It doesn't matter who it is. I mean, we've beat better pitchers than those guys. But those guys kept their team in the game and we couldn't get many runs off them. It's tough to swallow."
The Angels became the fifth team this year to limit Minnesota to six runs or less in a three-game series, along with the Red Sox, Athletics, Tigers and Blue Jays. The Twins have scored no more than three runs in 10 of their last 11 games.
"It's not Disneyland in here right now. Guys are disappointed and frustrated," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team was 13-6 against the AL West before this series.
"We were facing very good pitching, and they were going against a team that has not been putting enough quality at-bats together to match up with that kind of pitching staff right now. They've been getting seven, eight innings out of their starters, and we scored six runs in the series. You don't win very many series when you score six runs total."
Weaver (8-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking none. On June 4, the right-hander held the Twins to a run and five hits over seven innings in a 16-3 rout at Angel Stadium.
"The middle of their lineup has a lot of power and you know they're going to come out and swing. So you've got to make some pitches and get ahead early, and I was able to do that," Weaver said. "I just tried to work on getting outs on the first couple of pitches, which I've kind of gotten away from so far in my big league career."
Weaver's brother, Jeff, beat the White Sox 6-0 Sunday with a five-hitter for the Seattle Mariners -- marking the first time both of them won a game in the majors on the same day.
Jered Weaver was lifted after giving up a one-out single to Alexi Casilla, who scored on Jason Bartlett's double against Justin Speier. But Mathis got the run back in the bottom half, greeting former Angels right-hander Ramon Ortiz with his third big league homer and first since July 1, 2006.
Boof Bonser (5-9) gave up five runs, nine hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-7 with a 5.37 ERA in his last 11 starts since beating the Washington Nationals 6-3 on June 10, and is the first Minnesota pitcher to go winless in 11 consecutive starts since LaTroy Hawkins in 1998.
Bonser won his last four starts in April before the Angels snapped that streak on June 6 and recorded 12 hits off him -- still the most allowed by a Twins starter this season.
"I'm not a 'me' guy. I'm just worried about us going out and winning ballgames," Bonser said. "It's just frustrating that we're not winning."
Casey Kotchman opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second, and the Angels added two more in the fifth. Orlando Cabrera hit an RBI double and Figgins scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Garret Anderson with the bases loaded. Cabrera was 3-for-5, increasing his career average against Minnesota to .378.
Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer was shaded far over to right-center against Figgins in the sixth inning and had no chance to make a play when the switch-hitter pulled Bonser's 3-2 delivery just over the short fence adjacent to the foul pole. Figgins' second homer of the season came on the ninth pitch of that at-bat, following a two-out walk to Reggie Willits.
"I thought I struck (Figgins) out before that on a fastball in, but I didn't get the call on the checked swing. So I had to throw more pitches to him," Bonser said. "Sometimes when something like that happens, unfortunately, the next thing you know you give up a home run. I guess after seeing so many pitches in a row, he was able to time it. But I was battling."
Figgins is hitting .407 since June 1, the highest average by any major leaguer during that span. His other home run came on May 25 at Yankee Stadium against Luis Vizcaino.
|Right-hander Jered Weaver yields two runs on five hits and no walks, while striking out four. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jason Tyner, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.270|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||3||0||1||2||0||0||2||.263|
|Joe Mauer, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.281|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Mike Redmond, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.288|
|Tommy Watkins, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||.256|
|2B - Joe Mauer (21, Jer. Weaver)|
|3B - Jason Bartlett (3, Speier)|
|SF - Jason Bartlett (2)|
|SH - Alexi Casilla (2)|
|RBI - Jason Bartlett 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (13)|
|SB - Alexi Casilla 2 (7, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis, 3rd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Tyner 1|
|DP - Bartlett-Casilla-Morneau|
|E - Alexi Casilla (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Boof Bonser (L,5-9)||5.2||9||5||5||4||3||1||4.77|
|IBB - Guerrero by Boof Bonser|
|Pitches-Strikes - Boof Bonser 103-65, Juan Rincon 8-5, Dennys Reyes 13-7, Ramon Ortiz 18-10, Carmen Cali 6-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Boof Bonser 7-5, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Ramon Ortiz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Boof Bonser 28, Juan Rincon 2, Dennys Reyes 4, Ramon Ortiz 5, Carmen Cali 1|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||2||2||2||0||2||1||.340|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.308|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||0||1||0||1||2||4||.323|
|Garret Anderson, LF||5||1||1||1||0||2||3||.279|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.307|
|Maicer Izturis, DH||2||0||0||0||2||0||3||.266|
|Erick Aybar, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.253|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.203|
|Reggie Willits, CF||2||2||1||0||2||1||0||.308|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (30, Bonser), Vladimir Guerrero (38, Bonser), Garret Anderson (20, Bonser)|
|3B - Erick Aybar (1, Bonser)|
|HR - Chone Figgins (2, Bonser), Jeff Mathis (1, Ortiz)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (44), Orlando Cabrera (67), Garret Anderson (36), Casey Kotchman (55), Jeff Mathis (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (17)|
|SB - Reggie Willits (25, 2nd base off Bonser/Redmond)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Cabrera-Kotchman|
|E - Jered Weaver (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jered Weaver (W,8-5)||7.1||5||2||2||0||4||0||3.85|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 93-67, Justin Speier 18-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 6-12, Justin Speier 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Justin Speier 6|
|Attendance - 43911|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling|