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Twins hit three homers, end four-game slide

Jun 6, 2007 - 11:39 PM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Nick Punto and Michael Cuddyer both homered as the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-5 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday.

Trailing, 4-2, in the fifth inning, Minnesota's offense got to starter John Lackey (9-4), who failed in his attempt to become the first double-figure winner in the majors.

Mike Redmond singled and Jason Kubel reached on shortstop Orlando Cabrera's throwing errors, setting up Punto's three-run blast. Reigning American League MVP Justin Morneau capped the four-run inning with an RBI single as the Twins grabbed a 6-4 advantage.

"We finally broke out in the middle of the game and it was nice to see after struggling to put runs on the board this series," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Minnesota started its rally in the fourth as Cuddyer delivered a two-run homer to slice the deficit in half, 4-2.

"I was looking for a pitch that I can drive and I got a pitch to handle and squared it up," said Cuddyer, who drove in three runs.

In the eighth, the Twins added two insurance runs off reliever Dustin Moseley, when Jason Bartlett hit his first of the season to left and Cuddyer stroked a run-scoring single.

"Our bullpen has been one of the best in baseball but you just can't expect to be perfect every time out," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.

Twins starter Kevin Slowey (1-0) battled for five-plus innings, giving up five runs and 10 hits to register his first career win. He left after Howie Kendrick stroked a solo shot in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-5.

"I knew going into the game that I was facing a good hitting team and just wanted to make quality pitches, get outs, and try to keep them off the bases," Slowey said.

Three Minnesota relievers bridged the gap to Joe Nathan, who closed the door in the ninth for his 13 save in 14 chances. It was his 92nd save since 2005 - fourth most in the majors.

Lackey allowed six runs and seven hits in seven frames with two strikeouts and one walk, recording his first setback since falling, 6-3, against the Chicago White Sox on May 5. The righthander retired the first 10 batters he faced.

"I felt good early on in the game, but then I lost command," Lackey said. "Guys got on base and I ended up throwing a lot of pitches to get my pitch count up in the fourth and fifth. I left pitches up in the zone and they just made me pay."

Mike Napoli drove in two runs and Casey Kotchman and Reggie Willits each delivered run-scoring doubles for the Angels, who held a 4-0 advantage before things turned for the worst.

Angels snapped a five game winning streak and finished their 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark.

"We definitely have been playing consistent baseball and that's all we want to do," Napoli said. "If we pitch and get good quality at-bats, then we know we are going to win a lot of ballgames. Just have to start a new winning streak on the road our next time out."








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    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 2 8 11 2
    LA ANGELS 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - KEVIN SLOWEY, MATT GUERRIER (6TH), CARMEN CALI (7TH), PAT
    NESHEK (8TH), JOE NATHAN (9TH) AND MIKE REDMOND
    LAA - JOHN LACKEY, DUSTIN MOSELEY (8TH), DARREN OLIV

    Jun 6 6:39 PM
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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED LUIS CASTILLO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON FIRST, J CIRILLO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 8
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.277, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 6:36 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON BARTLETT (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF DUSTIN MOSELEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L CASTILLO (.335, 2-FOR-4)

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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HOWIE KENDRICK (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF KEVIN SLOWEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: N HAYNES (.200, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 5:19 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED LUIS CASTILLO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: T HUNTER (.305, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 5:04 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY NICK PUNTO (1) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JOHN LACKEY SCORED MIKE REDMOND AND JASON KUBEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.236, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 4:55 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MICHAEL CUDDYER (8) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF JOHN LACKEY SCORED JEFF CIRILLO.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 4:36 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE NAPOLI SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M NAPOLI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.245, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.250, 1-FOR-1)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 4:24 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY REGGIE WILLITS SCORED HOWIE KENDRICK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R WILLITS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.228, 1-FOR-1)

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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE NAPOLI SCORED GARRET ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M NAPOLI ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.247, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Twins vs. AngelsJun 6 4:05 PM