Bourjos' career day and Slowey's rough outing aid Angels to win over Twins
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Peter Bourjos had the best game of his young major-league career on Saturday, as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 at Target Field.
Bourjos, who came into the game hitting just .146/.212/.208 in 53 plate appearances since taking over for Torii Hunter in center field, blasted his first career home run in the second inning -- a two-run shot just over the wall in left field -- and added an RBI triple to right field in the top of the fifth that gave the Angels a 5-3 lead.
Bourjos later ended the fifth inning by gunning down Jason Kubel, who was attempting to score on a sac fly. He finished the day 2-for-5 with a run and four RBIs.
Twins starter Kevin Slowey left the game with right triceps discomfort after three shaky innings in which he allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Slowey threw seven no-hit innings in his last start, but was pulled for precautionary reasons because of a previous bout of tendinitis behind his elbow.
In the top of the sixth inning, Ron Mahay stumbled fielding a groundball and injured his right shoulder.
Both Mahay and Slowey will be re-evaluated on Monday.
The Twins once again jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on two hits and three walks in the first inning. The Twins have now scored 106 first-inning runs this season, which is 26 more than the next closest team (St. Louis - 80).
After Slowey left, Jeff Manship threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two.
Glen Perkins came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, and he allowed two earned runs on four hits.
Angels starter Trevor Bell, who is the grandson of the original Bozo the Clown, allowed three earned runs on four hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings.