Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Angels leads 1-0 (as of 5/29)

Game 1: Monday, May 29
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 30
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 31
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Twins 3

(23-27, 7-18 away)

Angels 4

(22-29, 11-13 home)

9:05 PM ET, May 29, 2006

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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W: S. Shields (3-3)

L: J. Crain (0-3)

Cabrera's 11th-inning single lifts Angels over Twins

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chone Figgins didn't have to steal a base to set up the winning run. Just taking his lead off first base was enough to unnerve reliever Jesse Crain.

Crane's errant pickoff throw allowed Figgins to advance to third and Orlando Cabrera followed with an RBI single on an 0-2 slider in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

"The aspect of me running is always a factor. I like to run, I like to be aggressive and I like to put that in teams' heads," said Figgins, who led the majors last season with 62 stolen bases.

"I've always tried to create havoc without stealing a base, and tonight I had an opportunity to do that. Things like that, having speed and getting on in that type of ballgame can create a lot of situations with a guy like Cabrera hitting behind you."

Crain (0-3) was pinned with the hard-luck loss. Last season, he was 12-5 in 75 relief appearances and won his first 11 decisions, a major league record.

"I was surprised I got that pitch to hit right away with two strikes," Cabrera said. "After they had that meeting on the mound, I thought he was just going to try to play with me a little bit and then come inside. But he threw me that sinker right away and left it middle-in. I was able to keep my hands inside and hit it hard through the hole."

Scot Shields (3-3) pitched a hitless inning and struck out three to get the victory. Garret Anderson added two RBI singles for the Angels.

Michael Cuddyer homered for the Twins, who began a 10-game trip after a three-game sweep of Seattle.

John Lackey allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. The Angels' right-hander finished May 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts -- the first winless month of his five-year career. He hasn't won since beating Detroit 4-0 April 26 with a one-hitter.

Lackey, whose last four starts have been no-decisions, left the game trailing 3-2. But he got off the hook in the eighth when Figgins lined Juan Rincon's 1-1 pitch off the glove of three-time Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo for an error -- Castillo's sixth of the season. Pinch-runner Tommy Murphy scored from second in the play after Adam Kennedy reached on a two-out hit to deep shortstop.

"We just gave it to them, basically," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That line drive to second base should have been an out. He just missed the ball. It was an error all the way. He just took his eyes off it. He's a better player than that. He's got to catch that ball. It shouldn't have been their ballgame. It should have been our ballgame."

The Twins had the potential go-ahead run at second with two outs in the ninth, but Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez picked off Rondell White to end the threat. It was the first time Rodriguez had picked off a runner at second in the majors.

"Before I threw the first pitch, I turned around toward second base saw Kennedy trying to jump in, but he didn't because the catcher called for a slider," Rodriguez said. "So it would have been difficult to change my grip.

"But before the last pitch I threw, he gave me a look like, 'Now we're going to do it.' And as soon as Mike Napoli called for the fastball, I saw Adam jump in again and I tried to make a perfect throw."

The Twins wasted another opportunity in the 11th, Cuddyer looked at a third strike from Shields with the go-ahead run at second.

Brad Radke allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings and struck out four. The right-hander allowed six of his first 10 batters to reach base, but stranded five of them -- getting Dallas McPherson to pop out with the bases loaded in the first.

The Twins took a 3-1 lead with two fourth-inning runs. Cuddyer put them ahead with his seventh homer. Justin Morneau followed with a double and scored on White's single.

Cuddyer's home run was his first at Anaheim. He beat the Angels with a walkoff homer as a pinch-hitter against former teammate J.C. Romero on April 19 at the Metrodome. His only other home run against the Angels was against Lackey, on May 2, 2004 in a 3-1 loss.

Game notes


Angels RHP Bartolo Colon, recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, will make the first of two scheduled rehab starts on Thursday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, then throw another one next Tuesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. Barring any setback, last year's AL Cy Young winner will be activated the following weekend. ... Radke is 13-7 lifetime against the Angels with a 2.09 ERA, his lowest against any AL team. His next-lowest is 3.92, against Oakland. ... The Angels are 9-17 in May with two games left, and will post consecutive losing months for the first time since August and September of 2003.

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