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Twins 6, Angels 3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Staring down the wrong end of history, the Minnesota Twins would much rather have seen a pitcher other than Jered Weaver, who no-hit them in 2012 and dominated them most recently on July 24.

Yet the Twins did just enough against their nemesis to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night, ending a 10-game home losing streak and avoiding the worst such skid since the franchise started in Washington in 1901.

"We all know we've lost a few ballgames in a row here at home," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The people that showed up here were rooting pretty hard, and our guys were playing pretty hard, too. Big win."

Only 21,826 were officially registered as paying customers, the smallest crowd since Target Field opened for the 2010 season. Fewer than that actually showed up on a hot, humid night, but they saw Trevor Plouffe go 2 for 3 and drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, and rookie Josmil Pinto hit three doubles.

Casey Fien (4-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh for the victory, and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Plouffe's two-run, two-out double in the fifth inning off Weaver tied the game 3-3, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Cory Rasmus (0-1) in the seventh made it 4-3.

Plouffe, hitting .329 in 21 games since Aug. 18, had a 2-2 count when he dumped a line drive into short center field to score Pinto and Ryan Doumit in the fifth. He entered the game hitting .182 (2 for 11) in 14 plate appearances against Weaver.

"You've got a good pitcher on the hill there that's really had our number," Plouffe said. "He got two strikes on me, then it's just battle mode. He's got that good cutter and changes speeds on it. I was kind of looking for that, trying to lay off the pitch he rides up and in on me. I was able to get enough bat on the ball to get it out there."

"I made a pretty good pitch to Plouffe there, and he kind of stuck out his bat and hit it up the middle," Weaver said. "Sometimes you're going to get guys out and sometimes you're not."

Plouffe added a sacrifice fly to medium right field in the seventh. Kole Calhoun made a nice throw home, but Brian Dozier slipped his hand under the tag of catcher Chris Iannetta.

Playing a makeup game for an April 17 rainout, the Angels continue their longest trip of the season -- nine games -- on Tuesday in Toronto. They also play three-game series at Houston and Oakland.

Weaver made his fourth straight quality start for the Angels, allowing three earned runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings. In their last meeting, the Twins managed just two hits over eight innings in a 1-0 loss on July 24, and then there was the no-hitter on May 2, 2012.

The right-hander entered Monday's game with an 8-2 record and 3.28 ERA in 14 career starts against Minnesota.

"I started to tighten up there in the third or fourth and got through the sixth, and (manager Mike) Scioscia didn't want to push me anymore, which is understandable," Weaver said. "It's nothing concerning, just the hot-and-humid air and losing a lot of fluids and stuff. It just started to tighten up a little bit, but it's not a concern."

Rasmus (0-1) loaded the bases in the seventh on a walk, a fielder's choice and a single before Plouffe's sacrifice fly. Pedro Florimon drew a bases-loaded walk off Buddy Boshers to drive in another run, and Doumit capped it with an RBI single in the eighth.

On the way to a third straight 90-loss season, the Twins weren't eager to set another futility record. They already have broken the team's season record for strikeouts (1,222 and counting), so avoiding a 114-year record for a home losing streak has to be a relief.

"I knew we hadn't been playing well, and it's a concern for us, obviously," Plouffe said. "We want to win as many games as possible, even if we're out of (playoff contention). It's just who we are as a team; we're not just going to lie down."

Notes

After the game, the Angels optioned INF Tommy Field to Triple-A Salt Lake, which starts a playoff series against Omaha on Tuesday. ... Angels 2B Howie Kendrick, out since Aug. 6 because of a hyperextended left knee, could be available as soon as Tuesday in Toronto, Scioscia said. Kendrick was injured after colliding with a teammate while chasing a pop fly. ... The Angels recalled C John Hester before Tuesday night's game. ... The Twins will use a six-man rotation for the final month of the season, Gardenhire said. They added September callup LHP Scott Diamond to the rotation. ... The Twins added Diamond, INF Eduardo Escobar, OF/1B Chris Parmelee, RHP Shairon Martis and C Eric Fryer to the expanded roster after Rochester lost its International League playoff series on Sunday. To make room on the roster, the Twins placed RHP Samuel Deduno (shoulder) and OF Wilkin Ramirez (broken leg). ... Twins C Joe Mauer, on the DL because of a concussion suffered Aug. 19, took batting practice.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

T. Plouffe
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

K. Calhoun
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Collin Cowgill, LF5010002 .230
Erick Aybar, SS5010001 .268
Mike Trout, CF4110132 .338
Mark Trumbo, 1B4120011 .237
Josh Hamilton, DH4021021 .239
Chris Iannetta, C4110013 .218
Kole Calhoun, RF4031011 .287
Grant Green, 2B4001013 .241
Tommy Field, 3B4010001 .150
Totals38312319  
Batting
2B - Collin Cowgill (5, Hernandez), Erick Aybar (28, Perkins), Josh Hamilton 2 (30, Hernandez), Kole Calhoun (5, Hernandez)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (63), Kole Calhoun (21), Grant Green (12)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (20)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Grant Green (4, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver 6933250 3.38
Cory Rasmus (L,0-1) 0.1020300 6.14
Buddy Boshers 0.2000110 4.35
J.C. Gutierrez 1211020 4.28
IBB - Doumit by Cory Rasmus
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 89-65, Cory Rasmus 21-7, Buddy Boshers 16-9, J.C. Gutierrez 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 4-9, Cory Rasmus 1-1, J.C. Gutierrez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 29, Cory Rasmus 5, Buddy Boshers 3, J.C. Gutierrez 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Presley, CF5000017 .287
Josmil Pinto, C4231101 .565
Brian Dozier, 2B4120112 .245
Oswaldo Arcia, LF5100024 .252
Ryan Doumit, DH4121104 .240
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4023011 .250
Chris Colabello, 1B3000112 .201
Chris Parmelee, RF2000100 .221
   a-Darin Mastroianni, PH-RF1000013 .216
Pedro Florimon, SS3121112 .228
Totals35611668  
a-struck out for Parmelee in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josmil Pinto 3 (5, Jer. Weaver), Ryan Doumit (24, Jer. Weaver), Trevor Plouffe (21, Jer. Weaver)
SF - Trevor Plouffe (4)
RBI - Josmil Pinto (4), Ryan Doumit (51), Trevor Plouffe 3 (49), Pedro Florimon (40)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (20), Trevor Plouffe 2 (18), Pedro Florimon (16)
SB - Brian Dozier (11, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Iannetta), Pedro Florimon (14, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Colabello
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pedro Hernandez 4.2833130 5.25
Ryan Pressly 1.1100010 3.44
Casey Fien (W,4-2) 1000020 3.92
Brian Duensing (H,15) 0.2100010 3.62
Jared Burton (H,26) 0.1000010 3.94
Glen Perkins (S,33) 1200010 2.54
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Hernandez 89-52, Ryan Pressly 17-12, Casey Fien 12-9, Brian Duensing 11-7, Jared Burton 3-3, Glen Perkins 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Hernandez 6-5, Ryan Pressly 2-1, Casey Fien 1-0, Glen Perkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Hernandez 23, Ryan Pressly 5, Casey Fien 3, Brian Duensing 3, Jared Burton 1, Glen Perkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21826
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn