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Little did they know that 4-year-old Cole Carroll would be the one to provide it.
Jamey Carroll had his first two hits with Minnesota, including the go-ahead single in the seventh, and Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer to lift the Twins to their first victory of the season, 6-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
The Twins had dropped their first four games, scoring six runs combined, and began the day as the only winless team in baseball. Carroll was hitless in his first 14 at-bats. As he headed to the ballpark on Wednesday, he got a video on his phone from his wife, Kim.
"My son was upset and my wife asked him why he was upset and he said, `I just want dad to get a hit,"' Carroll said. "He was crying. He was also a little tired at the time, but he asked my wife if I had got a hit and she said no and I think that threw him over the edge."
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Carroll showed the video to the rest of the team, and it provided a much-needed moment of levity during a difficult start.
"We got a good laugh out of it," Carroll said. "It was actually what I needed."
"It's nice to finish on top for a change," Capps said with a chuckle. "0-4 to start the season is never fun, but nobody in here is going to panic or throw in the towel or anything like that."
Angels ace Jered Weaver gave up five runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.
The Twins couldn't seem to catch a break to start the season and picked up more bad news when right-hander Scott Baker announced he would have surgery on his elbow and miss the season.
Weaver wasn't as sharp as his opening outing, when he struck out 10 with no walks in eight shutout innings. He gave up a towering homer to Willingham in the fourth inning that gave the Twins their first lead of the season at 3-1.
Then, in a flash, it was gone.
With two on and two out in the fifth, Bourjos hit a rocket to left field, and Willingham slammed into the wall trying to track it down. Almost before center fielder Denard Span could get over to help, it was already over and the Angels regained the lead at 4-3.
But Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia started the seventh with singles to chase Weaver, and Parmelee followed with a rip down the right-field line. Former Twins Gold Glover Torii Hunter stumbled while chasing it into the corner and went face-first into the wall.
"I was punch drunk, felt like Mike Tyson hit me," Hunter said. "But I got up man, it took everything in my body to get up. ... I should've stopped the ball at all costs. I tried to and it just didn't work out. That's my fault."
Hunter remained in the game, but Parmelee motored around to third before Carroll drove him in.
"Hopefully I'll go home tonight," Carroll said, "and there will be a 4-year-old who will wake up pretty happy tomorrow."
|Joe Mauer (right) congratulates Josh Willingham, who hits a two-run home run as part of a three-run fourth inning. (AP)|
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|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.222|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.350|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.091|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||.385|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||3||1||1||3||0||1||1||.214|
|2B - Torii Hunter 2 (2, Pavano, Capps), Chris Iannetta (3, Pavano)|
|HR - Peter Bourjos (1, Pavano)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols (2), Chris Iannetta (3), Peter Bourjos 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Iannetta (1), Peter Bourjos 3 (3)|
|SB - Howard Kendrick (1, 2nd base off Pavano/Mauer)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Aybar-Pujols|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Hisanori Takahashi (BS,1; L,0-1)||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||10.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 110-70, Hisanori Takahashi 3-3, LaTroy Hawkins 16-13, Jason Isringhausen 10-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 6-4, Jason Isringhausen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 25, Hisanori Takahashi 1, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Jason Isringhausen 3|
|Denard Span, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.222|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.118|
|Joe Mauer, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.167|
|Justin Morneau, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.294|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.353|
|Ryan Doumit, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Danny Valencia, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Chris Parmelee, 1B||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||.273|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.091|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (1, Jer. Weaver)|
|3B - Chris Parmelee (1, Takahashi)|
|HR - Josh Willingham (3, Jer. Weaver)|
|RBI - Jamey Carroll (2), Joe Mauer (2), Josh Willingham 2 (6), Chris Parmelee 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jamey Carroll (1)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1|
|Jeff Gray (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Glen Perkins (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Matt Capps (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 101-73, Jeff Gray 1-1, Glen Perkins 16-10, Matt Capps 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 10-6, Jeff Gray 1-0, Glen Perkins 1-0, Matt Capps 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 26, Jeff Gray 1, Glen Perkins 3, Matt Capps 4|
|Attendance - 31413|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|