MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After two days of sputtering against
Minnesota, the Angels' powerful offense finally got going.
The Angels, who came in leading the AL with a .285 batting
average, scored just three runs despite getting 21 hits in losing
the first two games of the series. They hit into six double plays
Tuesday and stranded eight runners in each of the past two games.
But by the time they chased starter Terry Mulholland in the fourth
inning Thursday, the Angels had broken through for seven runs.
"We don't have a lot of guys we rely on to hit home runs,"
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "Our offense is based on
running the bases well, executing and hitting with runners in
scoring position. That's the way our offense has to work."
The Angels scored three times in the third, when Anderson and
Vladimir Guerrero hit consecutive RBI singles and Guillen followed
with a sacrifice fly. They added four runs in the fourth to put it
away, with Josh Paul's RBI double keying the rally.
Mulholland (3-4) had pitched at least five innings in each of
his four previous starts this season. He left after allowing seven
runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
"They kind of jumped us and we got behind," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "We were hoping we could do something fun here
and sweep 'em, but it didn't work out."
Aaron Sele made sure of that with another fine performance
against the Twins. Sele (7-0) allowed three runs and five hits in
seven innings, running his record against Minnesota to 16-4 with a
3.36 ERA in 22 career starts.
"I'm just trying to throw the ball, be consistent with it,
throw my innings and give my team a chance to win," Sele said.
"They've had some pretty good clubs here. I just try to repeat
quality pitches and mix it up."
Sele matched his longest outing of the year and became the first
pitcher in Angels history to win his first seven decisions in a
"He's like a dart thrower," Gardenhire said. "He cuts the
ball, can make it sink and he's got that slow curveball. ... They
gave him a cushion, which sure helps."
Torii Hunter hit his 14th homer for the AL Central-leading
Twins, who had won four in a row.
"You can't expect us to sweep these guys," Hunter said.
"Sele's a good pitcher. He hit his spots, in, out. Good curveball
... 84 (mph) looks like 94. It sneaks up on you. That's scary."
Anderson, who was 0-for-8 in the first two games of the series,
had his first four-hit game of the season, getting singles in his
last four at-bats.
"Garret was pitched tough the last couple of nights, but even
when he's pitched tough, he has the ability to hit the ball to all
fields," Scioscia said. "That's what you saw today."
The Twins committed three errors, including one by shortstop
Jason Bartlett, making his first major league start. After
Mulholland was replaced by Jesse Crain with two on and two outs in
the fourth, Bartlett booted a grounder by Guerrero, loading the
bases. Guillen followed with a two-run single to put Anaheim on top
"Terry couldn't hit his spots, we missed some plays -- put it
all together and they beat us today," Gardenhire said.
Despite the loss, Minnesota has won six straight series and
13 of its last 16 games. ... Anaheim rookie 3B Robb Quinlan
stretched his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the
fourth inning. ... Crain made his major league debut, pitching 1
1-3 scoreless innings.