Final in 13

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/25)

Game 1: Friday, May 24
Minnesota 5Final
Anaheim 1
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
Minnesota 3Final
in 13
Anaheim 4
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
Minnesota 5Final
Anaheim 2

Twins 3

(27-22, 10-15 away)

Angels 4

(28-18, 15-11 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 25, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: A. Levine (2-1)

    L: J. Cressend (0-1)

    Salmon's HR in 13th knocks Twins out of first

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Salmon had a plan. Then he scrapped it at the last second and gave the Anaheim Angels another dramatic victory.


    Salmon led off the 13th inning with a home run after Bengie Molina drove home the tying run in the ninth, and the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Saturday night for their 22nd victory in 26 games.

    Salmon lined the first pitch from Jack Cressend (0-1) just inside the left-field foul pole for his seventh home run. The Angels are 7-0 when he homers.

    "I wanted to make this guy throw some pitches,'' Salmon said. "But then just as I got to the box, I realized, `Hey, I don't really know what his other pitches are.' So I decided if he threw a first-pitch fastball, I'd swing at it. And he did. I don't typically like to swing at the first pitch, but it worked out in that situation.''

    Al Levine (1-1) allowed one hit over 2 1-3 innings for the win.

    Denny Hocking hit a two-run double in the fifth and scored on a bloop single in the eighth by Cristian Guzman, giving the Twins a 3-2 lead.

    But Molina pulled Anaheim even with a double that scored pinch-runner Julio Ramirez after a one-out walk to Scott Spiezio. The hit came off Eddie Guardado, who blew his second save in 16 opportunities.

    The Twins fell a full game out of first place in the AL Central. It's the first time in more than three weeks that Minnesota hasn't either led the division or had a share of first place.

    "I don't worry about first place. First place doesn't mean anything right now. It means something in September. That's when we want to be in first place,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "All I worry about is our ballclub playing good baseball and giving ourselves a chance to win games. We had the lead and we didn't finish the job tonight.''

    Orlando Palmeiro's second-inning double was the Angels' last hit off starter Matt Kinney until the seventh, when Adam Kennedy and Jose Nieves singled with two outs to chase the right-hander.

    Salmon, pinch-hitting for Palmeiro, hit a scorching liner that stuck in reliever J.C. Romero's glove as the pitcher tried to protect himself.

    "The Fish is back,'' Angels starter Jarrod Washburn said of Salmon. "He hit that bullet in the pinch-hitting role and almost took that guy's head off, then came through with the big home run. We all have a lot of confidence in Fish, and he's back to being the Fish of old.''

    Washburn issued fifth-inning walks to Torii Hunter and Dustan Mohr, both of whom advanced on a two-out wild pitch and scored when Hocking doubled into the right-field corner for the Twins' first hit, tying it at 2.

    "He always has good stuff,'' Hocking said. "He's got a hard fastball that he can move in and out, but what I like about Jarrod is his tenacity out there. He goes after hitters and he doesn't mess around. He gets 0-2 on guys and says, `Here it is -- hit it.' It works for him and keeps the defense involved, and that's why they make good plays for him.''

    The Angels opened the scoring with two runs in the second, but also got two runners thrown out at the plate. Kennedy doubled home the first run, and Spiezio scored on a bunt single by Nieves.

    Kennedy tried to score behind Spiezio when third baseman Corey Koskie threw late to first, but Doug Mientkiewicz's relay to Tom Prince was in plenty of time. Palmeiro followed with a double to left, but Prince tagged out Nieves after the relay from left fielder Jacque Jones to shortstop Guzman.

    Kinney allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

    Washburn gave up three runs and four hits in eight innings, tying a season high with seven strikeouts.

    Game notes

    Kinney had Molina so messed up while striking him out in the seventh, Molina's bat went flying out of his hands twice. ... Anaheim's Troy Percival, who pitched a scoreless 10th, has not allowed an earned run in 32 2-3 career innings against the Twins. The only other active pitcher with at least 20 innings and a 0.00 career ERA against one team is Todd Jones (26 innings against San Diego.) ... The Angels' June 8 home game against Cincinnati has been changed from a 7:05 p.m. local start to 1:10 p.m. to accommodate Fox's national telecast. ... Hocking's two doubles made him 6-for-12 lifetime against Washburn.

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