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Reed's three-hitter throws Angels off course

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rick Reed was concentrating on his
curveball and pitch location, not his pitch count.

Reed pitched a three-hitter and was backed by three homers as
the Minnesota Twins beat the Anaheim Angels 5-1 Friday night. The
right-hander threw 103 pitches, just above the limit manager Ron
Gardenhire prefers for his starters.

"I didn't pay attention to that. I was really worried about my
breaking ball,'' Reed said. "I didn't have a curveball the first
three innings, but I kind of kicked myself in the rear end and said
I've got to keep throwing it -- even though I wasn't able to throw
it for a strike -- because you can't throw fastballs to a team like
that.''

Only three Angels reached base. Darin Erstad singled with
one-out in the first on a fastball away, Brad Fullmer homered on a
slider leading off the fifth, and Bengie Molina hit a two-out
single in the eighth on another fastball.

"That was the talk before the game, that we might want to start
these guys off with some breaking balls,'' Reed said. "The only
offspeed pitch I had was my changeup -- and I wasn't able to throw
that for strikes. So it was basically four-seam fastballs and
two-seam fastballs. But I eventually found my breaking ball, and
that set up my fastball.''

Reed, who allowed seven home runs in his previous two starts,
struck out four en route to his 11th career complete game.

It was the first time Reed went the distance in 22 starts since
joining the Twins last July 30 in a trade from the Mets. He had
three complete games last season with New York.

"He's got pinpoint control and he throws all of his pitches for
strikes,'' Erstad said. "We're an aggressive team, but he made all
of his pitches count. Even when one of his pitches isn't working,
he's got others.''

Jacque Jones led off the game with a home run, and Torii Hunter
and A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the Twins, who dealt the
Angels just their fourth loss in 25 games.

Ramon Ortiz (4-5) allowed five runs, seven hits and three homers
in 7 1-3 innings, after serving up four home runs against the
Chicago White Sox in his previous start. Ortiz has allowed a major
league-worst 16 homers this season.

Jones drove the first pitch of the game deep into the
right-field seats for his ninth of the season. It was the fourth
time this season that Jones led off the first inning with a home
run, and the ninth time in his career.

Hunter, who leads Minnesota with 32 RBIs, hit another
first-pitch homer with two outs in the third for a 4-0 lead after
Jones and Christian Guzman opened the inning with singles.
Pierzynski made it 5-0 in the fourth with his first home run of the
season.

"He was always around the plate,'' Hunter said. "The umpire
was giving the corner to both pitchers, so we knew that if
something was around the plate, we had to swing. And we did that.''

Ortiz hit Jones his next two times up -- once in the backside,
then on the right foot. The right-hander had plunked only one
batter over his previous 60 2-3 innings this season.

"After Jacque banged the ball his first two times up, it looked
like they was just trying to come inside and back him off the
plate,'' Gardenhire said. "That's just old school baseball, so I
don't think they were throwing at him. Let's hope that they weren't
trying to throw at him.''

Game notes
An aerial advertising plane crash-landed in the Edison
Field parking lot about 3 1-2 hours before game time and two hours
before the gates opened. The pilot and his passenger both walked
away from the wreckage. ... Hunter's homer was his fifth hit in 10
career at-bats against Ortiz to that point. ... Twins 3B Corey
Koskie, sidelined since pulling his right-hamstring on May 7, was
back in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk. ...
Angels SS David Eckstein, who missed his third game because of a
sprained left knee, wore a knee brace while taking grounders for
the first time since getting injured. ... Alfredo Amezaga made his
major league debut, starting at shortstop for Eckstein.