Angels catcher injured on play at plate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The throw was there. All Bengie Molina had to
do was tag Dustan Mohr.

But with a shove of his shoulder, Mohr broke two bones above
Molina's left wrist and sent the ball rolling away as two runs
scored. The Minnesota Twins escaped Wednesday with a critical 6-5
win over the Anaheim Angels.

Talk about bang-bang plays.

And Molina was charged with one tough error.

"We've seen how Bengie stays in there tough on those plays,"
said closer Troy Percival, who allowed Stewart's hit. "It just
didn't work out this time. He had the ball, and I think (Mohr) just
got him at a really bad angle."

Molina, who didn't speak to reporters, needed help getting
dressed in the clubhouse after the game.

Mohr said Molina had the plate covered.

"He's a pretty big guy. I was trying to hit him hard enough for
the ball to come out," Mohr said. "It's unfortunate that he was

Minnesota, the defending AL Central champion, moved into a tie
with Chicago for the division lead, one game ahead of Kansas City.
It's the first time the Twins have held a share of the lead since
after games of June 30, when they led by a half-game.

Percival (0-5), who hadn't given up an earned run in his
previous 37 innings against the Twins, walked Justin Morneau with
two outs and Mohr pinch ran.

Stewart followed with a hard shot down the left-field line, his
third hit of the game. Garrett Anderson's throw home beat Mohr, but
the collision knocked the ball loose. Stewart, who never stopped
running, came around as the ball rolled down the first-base line.

"I was barely out of the way when Stewy came home," Mohr said.

Molina, whose wrist snapped back on the play, was on the ground
for several moments before teammates helped him to his feet. X-rays
revealed a broken radius and ulna above his left wrist.

In the Angels clubhouse, players were more concerned about
Molina than the outcome.

"If we were in the middle of the playoff hunt, it would mean a
ton," Percival said. "But with where we're at right now, I'm just
concerned about making sure he gets healthy and that we have him
next year."

The defending World Series champions are 67-72.

"We're all concerned about Molina," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "Dustan was just playing the game. He wasn't
trying to hurt anyone. But it's unfortunate that happened."

Anaheim has been hit by injuries all season. Aaron Sele, Kevin
Appier, Darin Erstad, Adam Kennedy and Percival are among the
players who've been on the disabled list.

Eddie Guardado (2-5) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the

After wasting an early four-run lead, Anaheim went ahead 5-4 in
the seventh on Juan Rincon's wild pitch.

With the score 4-all and Jeff DaVanon on third, Rincon struck
out Tim Salmon on what would have been the final out of the inning.
But the low pitch hit the dirt and skipped past catcher A.J.
Pierzynski, allowing DaVanon to score and Salmon to advance to

Ramon Ortiz, trying for his 16th win, took a 4-0 lead into the
fourth before Matt LeCroy's RBI grounder.

Minnesota tied it in the sixth on Luis Rivas' RBI single,
another run-scoring grounder by LeCroy and Jacque Jones' RBI
grounder off Francisco Rodriguez. The rookie reliever then struck
out Torii Hunter to strand runners on second and third.

Anaheim regained the lead in the seventh after DaVanon's one-out
double off Carlos Pulido. J.C. Romero came in and struck out Garret
Anderson, Rincon relieved and DaVanon advanced to third on a passed
ball before scoring.

Grant Balfour, making his first major league start, gave up four
runs, four hits and five walks in 2 2-3 innings, The rookie from
Australia, who took Joe Mays' spot in the rotation, walked three of
his first four batters but escaped the first without allowing a

"He was a little high strung," Gardenhire said. "He was a
little too excited and couldn't get the job done."

Run-scoring singles by Chone Figgins in the second and Molina in
the third put Anaheim ahead, and Shawn Wooten hit a two-run homer
in the third, a drive just over the glove of Stewart in left.

Game notes
The Angels will play a doubleheader against the Royals on
Saturday at 7:05 p.m. EDT to make up for last weekend's rainout in
Kansas City. ... Balfour threw 66 pitches. ... Gardenhire said RHP
Rick Reed is scheduled to throw simulated games Friday and Sunday.
Gardenhire said that if Reed's back injury doesn't flare up, the
pitcher would be activated from the DL. ... Jones hit a comebacker
in the second that hit off the mound and popped up to Adam Kennedy.
The second baseman barehanded the ball and quickly threw to first
for the out. ... Wooten, who has six homers, hit his first this
year off a right-hander.