May 15, 2019

Twins avoid 3-game losing streak, beat Angels 4-3

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli wanted this one.

Baldelli went deep on the Twins bullpen, Mitch Garver hit his ninth home run and Byron Buxton threw out Shohei Ohtani at home plate to preserve the 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday.

The Twins took a 4-0 lead, getting run-scoring hits from Eddie Rosario, Garver and Buxton. Garver hit a two-run home run and Buxton connected for his 18th double of the season. Starter Kyle Gibson pitched well until the top of the sixth inning, but ultimately picked up the win to improve to 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

The Twins go for the series win on Wednesday. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-After Gibson stepped aside, Twins manager Baldelli went to the bullpen five times, calling on Ryne Harper, Tyler Duffey, Mike Morin, Taylor Rogers and closer Blake Parker, who earned his seventh save.

-Catcher Garver suffered a high ankle sprain after tagging Ohtani at the plate, according to MLB.com. Not sure if Garver will land on the injured list, but he could be day-to-day like Nelson Cruz, who is nursing a sore hand.

-Willians Astudillo did something on Tuesday that he rarely does: he struck out. It was only his second strikeout of the season.

-The Twins won Tuesday, but lost to the Angels on Monday, 5-4. And the loss fell largely on starter Jose Berrios. Berrios gave up five runs, all earned, on 12 hits in five-plus innings. He also walked three, struck out three and served up two home runs. He’s now 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA.

-The Angels went with an “opener” on Tuesday, in which a reliever starts the game to tee up the primary pitcher — in this case righty Felix Pena — for an effective outing. Except it didn’t go as planned. Cam Bedrosian gave up two hits and a run in an inning of work and took the loss.

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.