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Twins Daily: Led by Plouffe and Kubel, Twins score season-high 13

Twins Daily: Led by Plouffe and Kubel, Twins score season-high 13

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Led by Trevor Plouffe and Jason Kubel -- and with help from an erratic Angels pitching staff -- the Minnesota Twins offered up their best offensive performance of the season, throttling Los Angeles 13-5 on Friday night.

The skinny

Playing shorthanded yet again due to injuries and illness, the Twins busted out for a season-high 13 runs on 16 hits -- six of which were extra-base hits.

Kubel led the charge by reaching base five times in six plate appearances, including two singles, a double, two walks and two RBIs. Plouffe reached base four times in six plate appearances, including a home run, a double and three runs scored. Danny Valencia also tallied three hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

Every Twins starter had at least one hit.

Starting pitcher Pavano allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked nobody and threw 118 pitches.

Angels' starter Tyler Chatwood was rocked for six earned runs on five hits and five walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

Turning point

Trailing 2-1, the Twins quickly pulled even when Danny Rene Tosoni doubled home Valencia to start the fourth inning.

Luke Hughes followed with an RBI double to make it 3-2, but Chatwood retired Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Drew Butera to slow the rally.

That's when the wheels came off.

Chatwood issued three consecutive walks to Ben Revere, Plouffe and Kubel -- the latter on four pitches, forcing in the Twins' fourth run of the game.

Angels' manager Mike Scioscia came out to make the pitching change, but Michael Cuddyer chopped one into no-man's land behind new pitcher Jerome Williams and beat it out for an RBI infield single.

Williams then walked Valencia to plate yet another run, putting the Twins up 6-2.

Numbers game

9: Walks drawn by Twins' hitters, which set a season-high.

4: Bases-loaded walks issued by Angels' pitchers.

4: The number of times the Twins have scored 10 runs or more this season.

34: The number of times the Twins have scored one run or fewer.

1: Errors for Nishioka, who pulled first baseman Luke Hughes off the bag on a routine play in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Health report

• C Joe Mauer was scratched from the lineup Friday with an upper respiratory infection.

• 1B Justin Morneau continued to experience mild concussion symptoms at the end of the Chicago series, manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN on Friday, and he missed a fourth straight game on Friday night. Morneau did take early batting practice Friday, and he will undergo more tests this weekend, according to MLB.com.

• LHP Glen Perkins will not pitch for at least the next couple games due to forearm tightness, according to Fox Sports North.

• LHP Francisco Liriano will visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles over the weekend for a second opinion on his ailing left shoulder, per MLB.com.

On deck

The series continues on Saturday (8:05 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when left-hander Brian Duensing (9-13, 5.09) takes on right-hander Jered Weaver (15-7, 2.28).

Weaver, who had his start pushed back a day due to the death of his grandfather, is coming off one of his worst starts of the season -- seven earned runs on eight hits and four walks in six innings against the Texas Rangers. Three starts prior to that, Weaver gave up eight earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays. But Weaver has allowed one earned run or fewer in 17 of his 28 starts this season, including a complete-game shutout of the Twins on May 28.

Duensing is in need of a solid month if he intends to rejoin the starting rotation next year, especially coming off a month in August where he posted a 7.88 ERA with nine home runs allowed in only 32 innings.

Coming up

• Sunday: @ LA Angels, 2:35 p.m. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-3, 5.91) vs. RHP Joel Pineiro (5-6, 5.33)
• Monday: vs. White Sox, 12:10 p.m. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-5, 4.14) vs. RHP Zach Stewart (1-3, 5.48)
• Monday: vs. White Sox, 6:10 p.m. LHP Scott Diamond (1-2, 4.82) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (6-7, 5.21)

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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