Series: Game 3 of 4

Minnesota leads 2-1 (as of 6/1)

Game 1: Thursday, May 30
Anaheim 6Final
in 10
Minnesota 7
Game 2: Friday, May 31
Anaheim 11Final
Minnesota 3
Game 3: Saturday, June 1
Anaheim 2Final
Minnesota 4
Game 4: Sunday, June 2
Anaheim 5Final
Minnesota 4

Angels 2

(30-22, 15-10 away)

Twins 4

(32-24, 19-8 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 1, 2002

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: K. Lohse (5-3)

    L: K. Appier (5-3)

    S: E. Guardado (17)

    Lohse settles in after rough start vs, Angels

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins finally saw a solid pitching performance that didn't come from the bullpen.

    Kyle Lohse threw seven innings to match his longest outing of the season and Cristian Guzman homered a day after going hitless in an embarrassing eight-run loss as the Twins rallied to beat the Anaheim Angels 4-2 Saturday night.

    The Angels got to Lohse early, hitting three straight doubles in the second inning, before pitching coach Rick Anderson settled him down.

    "Early in the game he was kind of fiddling around and (Anderson) had a talk with him," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He told him, 'Use your pitches, use all your pitches. Go after the batters.' And boy he got on it after that, he settled into a little groove."

    Lohse (5-3) was the first Twins starter in three games to last beyond the fourth inning, allowing one run and eight hits. He walked one and hit a batter, but had no strikeouts. In the three games before Saturday, Twins relievers pitched 23 innings.

    "After about five innings, I realized that I had a pretty low pitch count," Lohse said. "I was glad to go out and give the guys a little break.

    "I was able to get in and out of trouble tonight. I made pitches when I had to. That was probably one of the better controlled games I've had with my fastball. It felt good."

    Guzman's third home run of the season came off Kevin Appier (5-3) in a three-run seventh inning that put the Twins ahead for good.

    A.J. Pierzynski doubled with one out, reached third on a fielder's choice and scored after Appier couldn't handle Jacque Jones' two-out bunt.

    "He really thought that he wasn't going to get a good pitch to hit with first base open," Gardenhire said. "He decided he was going to try a bunt toward first base and see what happens. Turns out to be a great play. The game-winning RBI right there."

    Appier was surprised by Jones' decision.

    "It was coming toward me. It either spun or hit a soft spot and spun away. It was surprising, but it was there," Appier said.

    Then Guzman sent Appier's first pitch to right-center for a 4-1 lead.

    Eddie Guardado allowed a first-pitch homer to Tim Salmon in the ninth, and the Twins put runners on first and third with no outs. Then he struck out Benji Gil and induced a double-play ball from Adam Kennedy to earn his 17th save in 19 chances.

    Guardado is tied for the AL lead in saves with New York's Mariano Rivera and Boston's Ugueth Urbina.

    The seventh spoiled an otherwise strong performance by Appier, who frustrated the Twins for much of the game, allowing one run and six hits and striking out four in six innings. The Twins came into the game hitting .289 against right-handers -- second best in the majors behind Boston's .292. But, early on, they couldn't find their bats against Appier, who is 4-1 at the Metrodome with a 2.34 ERA.

    "It was real frustrating," Appier said. "It was definitely one of my best-pitched bad games."

    Kennedy went 2-for-5 and Salmon went 3-for-4 for the Angels.

    The Twins remain in first place in the AL Central, 3{ games ahead of the Chicago White Sox, who lost 8-4 to Cleveland on Saturday.

    For the Twins, Jones went 3-for-4 and Guzman and Torii Hunter went 2-for-4.

    Lohse, who has gone seven innings three times, surrendered the Angels' only run in the second inning after giving up back-to-back doubles to Garret Anderson and Brad Fullmer. Fullmer tried to advance to third on what looked like it was going to be a passed ball, but Pierzynski got a handle on it and threw him out.

    Appier got in trouble in the third after loading the bases. After singles by Denny Hocking and Jones, Appier struck out Guzman before walking Doug Mientkiewicz to load the bases for Corey Koskie. But Appier got out of the jam by striking out Koskie.

    Game notes

    Former Minnesota pitcher and current television broadcaster Bert Blyleven was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame before the game. Blyleven, who has missed making baseball's Hall of Fame for the past five years, was given a standing ovation as his Twins Hall of Fame banner was unveiled just behind centerfield. ... The Angels got a scare in the fourth when CF Darin Erstad was accidentally kicked in the face by Benji Gil. After Bobby Kielty hit a fly ball to shallow center, Gil, Erstad and Salmon all converged on the ball. Gil, jumped to make the catch, but caught Erstad, who dove trying to make the play, with his right foot. Erstad lay on the ground for several minutes while trainers tended to him before walking off the field on his own power. "They didn't have time to stitch it up. When I came to bat in the next inning ... my helmet must have opened it up and blood was running down the side of my eye."

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