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Updated: September 3rd, 2011 11:17pm
Twins Daily: Angels' scoring barrage spoils shot at third straight win

Twins Daily: Angels' scoring barrage spoils shot at third straight win

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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Forced to go to the bullpen early after Brian Duensing left the game in the second inning, the Minnesota Twins couldn't keep up with Los Angeles Angels' offensive outburst. Even though they tagged ace Jered Weaver for six runs, the Twins fell 10-6 in the second game of the series.

The skinny

On Friday night, the Twins erupted for a season-high run total, notching a 13-5 victory.

One day later, it was the Angels' turn to put up double digits.

The scoring started early as Mark Trumbo launched a first-inning grand slam off Brian Duensing after he allowed three straight batters to reach base.

One out into the second, Duensing abruptly exited the game with a right oblique strain, leaving the bullpen to handle the rest of the game.

The Twins' relievers didn't fare much better. Lester Oliveros and Phil Dumatrait combined to give up five runs - three earned - in four innings of work. Five Angels batters had two or more hits, led by three from left fielder Mike Trout.

Trevor Plouffe, who went 2-for-4 with a three-run double , contributed for four of the Twins' six runs, and sparked a rally that tied the game at six in the fourth inning.  

With the loss, the Twins missed a chance at winning three consecutive games for the first time since the July 3-5.

Turning point

Already up one run, the Angels piled on and put the game out of reach in the sixth.

Peter Bourjos led off with home run on a third-pitch sinker from Dumatrait. The next batter, Alberto Callaspo, reached on throwing error.

Following a Howard Kendrick strikeout, Torii Hunter singled to put runners on the corners. Manager Ron Gardenhire decided to pull Dumatrait in favor of Jose Mijares. The left-hander struck out Trumbo for the second out, but Angels didn't waste the scoring opportunity.

Vernon Wells lined a single into left-field, clearing the bases for his team's final two runs.

Numbers game

5: Runs scored and six hits in his last three games by Trevor Plouffe.

10: Of the Angels' 14 hits came with runners-in-scoring-position.

7: Twins' runners left on base.

6.78: ERA for Weaver in his last five starts -- a span in which he has given up 22 earned runs.

Health report

• C Joe Mauer missed his second consecutive game with an upper respiratory illness.

• 1B Justin Morneau (mild concussion symptoms) reportedly underwent concussion test, which showed he is making improvement. Morneau was able to workout fully Saturday, taking batting practice as well.

· OF Jason Repko sat out with an upset stomach, but was available off the bench.

• LHP Francisco Liriano is scheduled to visit specialist in Los Angeles this weekend, per the Star Tribune, for a second opinion on his injured left shoulder.

On deck

The Twins wrap up the three-game series and their final West Coast visit of the season on Sunday (2:35 p.m., 1500 ESPN), sending out right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-3, 5.91) to face Angels' righty Joel Pineiro (5-6, 5.33).

Since returning to the rotation on Aug. 19, Slowey has allowed a combined 13 combined earned runs, posting a 6.84 ERA in that span. On the bright side, his last outing, against the White Sox, was one of his strongest of the year. In seven innings, he gave up only six hits and two earned runs in a 3-0 loss.

Beginning on July 17 against Oakland, Pinerio lost six out of his next seven starts, including being hammered for seven runs against by the Twins on Aug. 3. He appears to have recovered from his mid-July slump, with back-to-back quality starts.

Coming up

• Monday: vs. White Sox, 12:10 p.m. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-5, 4.14) vs. RHP Philip Humber (8-8, 3.63)
• Monday: vs. White Sox, 6:10 p.m. LHP Scott Diamond (1-2, 4.82) vs. RHP Zach Stewart (1-3, 5.48)
· Tuesday: vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (7-11, 4.60) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (6-7, 5.21)

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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