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Associated Press, Published September 09 2013

Twins snap 10-game skid at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS – Staring down the wrong end of history, the Minnesota Twins would much rather have seen a pitcher other than Jered Weaver, who no-hit them in 2012 and dominated them most recently on July 24.

Yet the Twins did just enough against their nemesis to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night, ending a 10-game home losing streak and avoiding the worst such skid since the franchise started in Washington in 1901.

“We all know we’ve lost a few ballgames in a row here at home,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The people that showed up here were rooting pretty hard, and our guys were playing pretty hard, too. Big win.”

Only 21,826 were officially registered as paying customers, the smallest crowd since Target Field opened for the 2010 season. Fewer than that actually showed up on a hot, humid night, but they saw Trevor Plouffe go 2-for-3 and drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, and rookie Josmil Pinto hit three doubles.

Casey Fien (4-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh for the victory, and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Plouffe’s two-run, two-out double in the fifth inning off Weaver tied the game 3-3, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Cory Rasmus (0-1) in the seventh made it 4-3.

Plouffe, hitting .329 in 21 games since Aug. 18, had a 2-2 count when he dumped a line drive into short center field to score Pinto and Ryan Doumit in the fifth. He entered the game hitting .182 (2-for-11) in 14 plate appearances against Weaver.

“You’ve got a good pitcher on the hill there that’s really had our number,” Plouffe said. “He got two strikes on me, then it’s just battle mode. He’s got that good cutter and changes speeds on it. I was kind of looking for that, trying to lay off the pitch he rides up and in on me. I was able to get enough bat on the ball to get it out there.”

“I made a pretty good pitch to Plouffe there, and he kind of stuck out his bat and hit it up the middle,” Weaver said. “Sometimes you’re going to get guys out and sometimes you’re not.”

Los Angeles Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Cowgill lf 5 0 1 0 Presley cf 5 0 0 0

Aybar ss 5 0 1 0 Pinto c 4 2 3 1

Trout cf 4 1 1 0 Dozier 2b 4 1 2 0

Trumo 1b 4 1 2 0 Arcia lf 5 1 0 0

JHmltn dh 4 0 2 1 Thoms lf 0 0 0 0

Iannett c 4 1 1 0 Doumit dh 4 1 2 1

Calhon rf 4 0 3 1 Brnr pr-dh 0 0 0 0

GGreen 2b 4 0 0 1 Plouffe 3b 4 0 2 3

Field 3b 4 0 1 0 Colaell 1b 3 0 0 0

Parmel rf 2 0 0 0

Mstrn ph-rf 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 1 2 1

Totals 38 3 12 3 Totals 35 6 11 6

Los Angeles 000 210 000— 3

Minnesota 001 020 21x— 6

E—G.Green (4). DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Los Angeles 9, Minnesota 12. 2B—Cowgill (3), Aybar (28), J.Hamilton 2 (30), Calhoun (5), Pinto 3 (5), Doumit (24), Plouffe (21). SB—Dozier (11), Florimon (14). SF—Plouffe.

IP H R ER BB SO

Los Angeles

Weaver 6 9 3 3 2 5

Cor.Rasmus L,0-1 Zc 0 2 0 3 0

Boshers Xc 0 0 0 1 1

J.Gutierrez 1 2 1 1 0 2

Minnesota

P.Hernandez 4Xc 8 3 3 1 3

Pressly 1Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Fien W,4-2 1 0 0 0 0 2

Duensing H,15 Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Burton H,26 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins S,33-37 1 2 0 0 0 1

T—3:19. A—21,826 (39,021).