Twins End Losing Skid and Avoid Sweep
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Tyler Duffey allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Eddie Rosario and Joe Mauer hit two-run homers, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Angels 8-1 Sunday to pull even with Los Angeles in the AL wild-card race.
A day after the Angels swept a day-night doubleheader to pass the Twins in the wild-card standings, Duffey (4-1) struck out seven and walked one to stop Minnesota's five-game losing streak. Torii Hunter put the Twins ahead with a solo homer in the second off Matt Shoemaker (7-10).
Both teams are 2½ games behind Houston for the AL's second wild card. The Angels had scored 20 runs in winning the first three games of the series, but just five batters reached base against Duffey.
Jett Bandy homered with two outs in the ninth against Glen Perkins, his first major league hit.