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Los Angeles
W: J. Smith (6-2) L: G. Perkins (3-2) S: H. Street (36)
HR: LAA - None   MIN - E. Nunez (4)

Iannetta's sac fly in 9th lifts Angels over Twins

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) David Freese was mired in an 0-for-21 slump and looking nothing like the sensation that helped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2011. Truthfully, he hasn't looked like that player for some time.

On Thursday night against Minnesota, Freese showed a glimmer of that rising star, which is why Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia keeps running him out there day after day.

Freese had two doubles and an RBI and pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Twins.

''We know what David can do,'' Scioscia said. ''Maybe he's not going to be as electric as he was three years ago in St. Louis, but he's a better player than he showed last year with his numbers and he's a better player (than what he's shown) up to this point this year.''

Freese's second double was a rocket into the left field corner off of All-Star closer Glen Perkins to lead off the ninth inning. John McDonald bunted pinch-runner Tony Campana over and Iannetta lifted a fly ball to left to get him in, helping the Angels bounce back from a two-game sweep in Houston.

''He's a better player, especially in the box, than he's shown with us,'' Scioscia said of Freese, who came to the Angels in a trade last November.

Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each had two hits and an RBI and Huston Street earned his 36th save in 38 chances to give the Angels a five-game lead in the AL West over Oakland.

Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer and Kyle Gibson shrugged off a poor fourth inning to go seven for the Twins.

The Angels put four on the board in the fourth inning, aided by a fielding mishap from the Twins on a double by Kendrick. Left fielder Jordan Schafer fielded the ball off the wall and threw it to second base, but no one was there to catch it. That allowed a run to score and the Angels tacked on a couple more to make it 4-0.

''I think we all anticipated throwing the ball home, at least they did in the field, and we got ourselves in a jam because of it,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Hector Santiago gave up four runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings for Los Angeles. Joe Smith (6-2) pitched one inning for the win, and Street nailed down his 12th save since arriving from San Diego in a trade.

Gibson gave up four runs and seven hits.


Angels: OF Josh Hamilton was pulled from the game in the eighth inning because of a sore AC joint in his right shoulder. He had a cortisone shot after the game and said he would not play on Friday night. Hamilton said he had the same issue in his left shoulder earlier in the season and considered himself day-to-day.

LHP Joe Thatcher threw to hitters briefly in the Target Field batting cages as he continues to work his way back from a sprained left ankle.

Twins: LHP Tommy Milone will skip his next scheduled start because of what the team is calling a tired arm. Milone has had a difficult time since joining the Twins' rotation, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in five starts. LHP Logan Darnell will likely get the nod in Milone's place.


The Angels send RHP Matt Shoemaker (14-4, 3.14 ERA) to the mound Friday night against struggling Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (5-10, 5.96). Shoemaker has thrown 23 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings, the second longest streak by an Angels rookie behind Bob Lee's 27 straight in 1964. Shoemaker was chosen AL pitcher and rookie of the month for August.

Nolasco was tagged for eight runs in five innings against Baltimore in his most recent start and hasn't won since July 1.


Scioscia said reliever Cory Rasmus would again start on Saturday in Garrett Richards' spot in the rotation. Rasmus got the call last time Richards' spot came around and he pitched the first three innings of a victory over Oakland. Last time Rasmus threw 49 pitches, and Scioscia indicated he would likely be held to a similar pitch count on Saturday.

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

E. Nunez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Kole Calhoun, RF5000000.277.328.447
Mike Trout, CF3110100.285.370.550
Albert Pujols, DH4010012.271.327.461
Josh Hamilton, LF3110101.263.331.415
   Collin Cowgill, LF0000000.263.340.376
Howie Kendrick, 2B4121000.278.334.367
Erick Aybar, SS4121003.286.326.388
David Freese, 3B4021002.250.312.354
   Tony Campana, PR0100000.150.164.200
   C.J. Cron, 1B0000000.266.295.462
Efren Navarro, 1B3000001.250.311.347
   a-John McDonald, PH-3B0000000.159.244.174
Hank Conger, C3010001.221.286.319
   b-Chris Iannetta, PH-C0001000.260.374.423
Hector Santiago, P0000000.250.250.250
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Navarro in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Conger in the 9th
2B - Howie Kendrick (27, Gibson), David Freese 2 (21, Gibson)
SF - Chris Iannetta (5)
SH - John McDonald (4)
RBI - Howie Kendrick (57), Erick Aybar (59), David Freese (42), Chris Iannetta (40)
CS - Hank Conger (1, 2nd base by Gibson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Freese-Kendrick-Navarro
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Hector Santiago 5844331 3.46
Jason Grilli 1100020 3.38
Kevin Jepsen 1000110 1.99
Joe Smith (W,6-2) 1000020 2.04
Huston Street (S,36) 1200010 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 90-54, Jason Grilli 13-9, Kevin Jepsen 16-9, Joe Smith 12-7, Huston Street 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 6-5, Jason Grilli 1-0, Kevin Jepsen 2-0, Joe Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 25, Jason Grilli 4, Kevin Jepsen 4, Joe Smith 3, Huston Street 5
Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana, CF5120031.317.353.474
Brian Dozier, 2B5021011.244.347.419
Joe Mauer, 1B4010102.274.355.372
Kennys Vargas, DH5010023.314.336.500
Trevor Plouffe, 3B2110202.253.322.426
   Eduardo Escobar, PR-SS1000002.273.316.399
Kurt Suzuki, C4120001.291.350.382
Eduardo Nunez, SS-3B4113012.266.290.401
Aaron Hicks, RF-LF3010100.201.337.261
Jordan Schafer, LF2000013.249.328.314
   a-Oswaldo Arcia, PH-RF1000010.218.290.426
Kyle Gibson, P0000000.250.250.250
   Casey Fien, P0000000.000.000.000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Schafer in the 8th
2B - Danny Santana (19, Santiago), Brian Dozier (32, Santiago)
HR - Eduardo Nunez (4, Santiago)
SH - Jordan Schafer (8)
RBI - Brian Dozier (62), Eduardo Nunez 3 (24)
SB - Trevor Plouffe (2, 2nd base off Santiago/Conger)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Plouffe-Dozier-Mauer
E - Jordan Schafer (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gibson 7744210 4.27
Casey Fien 1200000 3.26
Glen Perkins (L,3-2) 1111000 2.88
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 95-60, Casey Fien 13-10, Glen Perkins 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 15-3, Casey Fien 1-2, Glen Perkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 28, Casey Fien 5, Glen Perkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21914
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - John Tumpane