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Minnesota at Los Angeles

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Minnesota (36-40)010000010250
Los Angeles (43-33) «03200001x6101

Angels 6, Twins 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garrett Richards felt he was getting squeezed on balls and strikes, and he saw nothing special about his stuff.

He still led the Los Angeles Angels to yet another victory in his breakout season.

Richards pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning to win his fourth consecutive decision, Kole Calhoun had a two-run double and the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

Richards (8-2) surrendered his third home run of the year, but recovered for his fourth victory in a dominant June. He issued five walks in his 100th big-league appearance, but the right-hander stranded two Twins in the third and again in the seventh.

"I did a lot of things I wasn't happy with, but I kept us in the game," Richards said. "I felt like I was getting squeezed a little bit, but that stuff is going to happen. You've got to move on."

Richards moved on splendidly to another impressive start that left him with a 1.06 ERA in June. He has yielded only four runs and 20 hits in 34 1/3 innings over his last five starts.

"He's got pretty good stuff," Twins catcher Eric Fryer said. "It's a pretty easy 96, 97 [mph] coming out of his hand and a sharp breaking ball, and it seemed like he was throwing that for strikes a little bit more often than what we've seen on the video."

Minnesota got two more runners on with one out in the eighth to chase Richards, and Kevin Jepsen yielded Kendrys Morales' RBI single before Albert Pujols alertly snagged Eduardo Escobar's high-bouncing grounder to end the inning.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI single, and Erick Aybar got two hits and stole two bases as Los Angeles won for the 14th time in 16 games at Angel Stadium, moving to a season-high 10 games over .500 at 43-33. The Angels are unbeaten on their homestand, matching their longest winning streak of the year.

Manager Mike Scioscia jokingly credited the Angels' 14 runs in their last two games against Minnesota to hitting coach Don Baylor, who returned to the dugout after breaking his leg while catching a ceremonial first pitch on opening day.

"Our record and the standings are irrelevant right now," Scioscia said. "We need to continue to evolve as a team. ... It really has no bearing where you're playing or who you're playing, but how you're playing."

Aybar, Grant Green and C.J. Cron each drove in a run for Los Angeles.

Pujols had two hits and scored, while Mike Trout went 1 for 3 with a walk. Josh Hamilton, who hasn't homered since June 3, doubled and drove two balls to the center-field wall.

Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Twins, who have lost seven straight road games for the first time since September 2011.

Minnesota's Yohan Pino (0-1) got through just three innings in his second major league appearance, yielding seven hits and five runs.

"Our kid didn't really have an easy inning out there," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They fought off an awful lot of pitches, fouled off a lot of pitches, and gave him some fits out there. That's a good hitting team with some veterans who know how to do some things."

Arcia snapped a 0-for-31 skid with his fifth homer in the second inning. Richards hadn't given up a homer in June, allowing just two in his first 95 innings this season.

The Angels tied it in the bottom half when Aybar doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Green. Calhoun then drove in Cron and Chris Iannetta with a two-strike, two-out double down the right-field line.

Minnesota rookie Danny Santana left in the third inning after feeling soreness his left knee while running out a double. The promising shortstop and leadoff hitter, who pulled up sharply while running into second, has a hit in 27 of his first 37 major league games.

Notes

Anthony Swarzak pitched three perfect innings in relief of Pino. ... Richards had never started against the Twins. ... Minnesota activated OF Aaron Hicks from the disabled list and optioned him to Double-A New Britain. Hicks strained his shoulder while diving for a ball June 7 in Houston. ... As part of a Halfway to Christmas promotional night, the Angels handed out more than 35,000 Santa hats while festooning the Big A with wreaths, garlands, fake snow and real reindeer. The crowd set the Guinness world record for the most people wearing the holiday headgear in the same place during the fifth inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

E. Aybar
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Minnesota

O. Arcia
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Santana, SS2010000 .328
   Pedro Florimon, PR-SS3000022 .100
Brian Dozier, 2B3000111 .249
Joe Mauer, 1B3120101 .264
Josh Willingham, LF3000104 .248
Kendrys Morales, DH4011011 .224
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3111112 .202
Eduardo Escobar, 3B4000003 .285
Eric Fryer, C3000011 .273
   a-Kurt Suzuki, PH1000000 .313
Sam Fuld, CF3000110 .221
Johan Pino, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
Totals3225257  
a-lined out for Fryer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Danny Santana (10, Richards)
HR - Oswaldo Arcia (5, Richards)
RBI - Kendrys Morales (8), Oswaldo Arcia (14)
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Pino (L,0-1) 3755120 6.30
Anthony Swarzak 3000020 4.06
Brian Duensing 1100120 2.73
Jared Burton 1211020 5.63
WP - Johan Pino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Pino 74-52, Anthony Swarzak 30-22, Brian Duensing 23-12, Jared Burton 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Pino 2-5, Anthony Swarzak 4-3, Brian Duensing 1-0
Batters Faced - Johan Pino 17, Anthony Swarzak 9, Brian Duensing 5, Jared Burton 5
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF4012010 .268
Mike Trout, CF3010111 .308
Albert Pujols, 1B4120001 .255
Josh Hamilton, LF4110013 .321
Erick Aybar, SS3221000 .284
Howie Kendrick, 2B4011021 .276
C.J. Cron, DH4121011 .294
Grant Green, 3B2001001 .324
   John McDonald, 3B1000001 .225
Chris Iannetta, C3100121 .252
Garrett Richards, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
Totals32610628  
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (10, Pino), Josh Hamilton (7, Pino), Erick Aybar (19, Pino)
SF - Erick Aybar (5), Grant Green (2)
RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (17), Erick Aybar (39), Howie Kendrick (32), C.J. Cron (19), Grant Green (7)
2-OUT RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (10)
SB - Erick Aybar 2 (7, 2nd base off Burton/Fryer)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Josh Hamilton (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards (W,8-2) 7.1422551 2.76
Kevin Jepsen (H,6) 0.2100010 2.79
Mike Morin 1000010 1.37
WP - Garrett Richards (14)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 113-67, Kevin Jepsen 16-10, Mike Morin 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 8-9, Kevin Jepsen 1-0
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 31, Kevin Jepsen 3, Mike Morin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39082
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Gerry Davis