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Teixeira provides late offense as Angels down Twins

Aug 24, 2008 - 5:38 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- A struggling offense has been the root of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's recent problems. On Saturday, the Minnesota Twins bore the consequences of their pent-up frustration.

Mark Teixeira went 3-for-3 and homered, propelling the Angels to a 7-5 victory over the Twins.

Anaheim had been limited to a total of 28 runs over its previous nine games, including being shut out on Friday. That stretch not only cost the Angels (78-50) the best record in baseball, but also dropped them behind the Tampa Bay Rays (79-49) for the best mark in the American League.

"We just haven't been looking comfortable at the plate the past week and (couldn't) get anything going," Angels third baseman Chone Figgins said. "We tried being more patient tonight and it seemed to work out."

"We have been struggling pretty bad lately and just needed a game like this to hopefully get us back on track," Teixeira said.

Anaheim jumped to a 6-1 advantage after four frames, following a four-run third inning against Nick Blackburn (9-8) with a two-run fourth, thanks to RBI singles by Erick Aybar and Teixeira.

"We have been struggling offensively and it's just good to come up with some big hits to give our pitchers runs to work with," Teixeira said.

Following a four-run rally by the Twins in the fifth, Teixeira lined a 1-2 fastball from Boof Bonser into the right field seats for his sixth homer as an Angel - and 26th overall.

Darren Oliver (5-1) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames in relief of ineffective starter Jon Garland to collect his 99th career win. Scot Shields provided a perfect inning of relief in the eighth before closer Francisco Rodriguez worked around a one-out single to notch his 49th save to snap the Angels' three-game home losing streak.

"It wasn't the best game but it was a positive step in the direction we want get back on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We got the big hits with good pitching to hold off a good team tonight."

Even with the win, the Angels head into Sunday's series finale at risk of dropping their third straight series. That run follows a stretch in which Anaheim claimed a series win or tie in 20 straight sets against AL opponents.

Vladimir Guerrero's two-run double in the third got Anaheim's offense going before Torii Hunter drove home Teixeira when Twins third baseman Brian Buscher committed an error. Garret Anderson capped the four-run outburst with a sacrifice fly.

Following a solo shot from Alexi Casilla to get the Twins on the scoreboard, Aybar and Teixeira answered with their run-scoring singles to provide a 6-1 margin.

Minnesota fired back with four runs in the fifth. Following a sacrifice fly from rookie Denard Span, Joe Mauer roped a two-run single to left.

"We made some mistakes early on that put us down early, but we managed to put together a good inning to get us back in it," Mauer said. "We came up short, but we have a chance to take the series tomorrow from a playoff team."

Justin Morneau moved the Twins within 6-5 with a RBI groundout before Teixeira doubled the Angels' advantage in the next inning with his solo blast.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 8 2
    LA ANGELS 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 x 7 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - NICK BLACKBURN, BOOF BONSER (5TH), CRAIG BRESLOW (8TH) AND JOE
    MAUER
    LAA - JON GARLAND, DARREN OLIVER (5TH), SCOT SHIELDS
    (8TH), FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (9TH) AN

    Aug 23 11:59 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (6) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BOOF BONSER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5, LA ANGELS 7
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.286, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Twins 5, Angels 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 23 11:15 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED ALEXI CASILLA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.274, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 5, Angels 6  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 10:51 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED NICK PUNTO AND CARLOS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON SECOND, A CASILLA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 4, Angels 6  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 10:46 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DENARD SPAN SCORED BRIAN BUSCHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A CASILLA (.305, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Twins 2, Angels 6  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 10:39 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, E AYBAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.287, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Twins 1, Angels 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:30 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED MIKE NAPOLI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E AYBAR ON FIRST, C FIGGINS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M TEIXEIRA (.351, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Twins 1, Angels 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:27 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEXI CASILLA (5) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JON GARLAND.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.322, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 1, Angels 4  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 23 10:11 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J RIVERA (.247, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 0, Angels 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 23 10:03 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BRIAN BUSCHER ALLOWED MARK TEIXEIRA TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON FIRST, V GUERRERO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.285, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 0, Angels 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 23 10:01 PM
  • 15
    roots
    McTool Added 10 roots

    Twins 0, Angels 0  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 23 9:35 PM
  • 5
    roots
    itzmewalli Added 5 roots

    Twins vs. AngelsAug 23 10:46 AM