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Twins rout Angels in late game

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The standings say the Minnesota Twins are the worst team in the American League. However, the Los Angeles Angels will give the Twins a run for their money if they produce more games like the one they played Monday night at Ange...

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The standings say the Minnesota Twins are the worst team in the American League. However, the Los Angeles Angels will give the Twins a run for their money if they produce more games like the one they played Monday night at Angel Stadium.
The Twins got home runs from Trevor Plouffe, Byron Buxton and Robbie Grossman and a serviceable performance from starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to beat the Angels 9-4.
The Twins (20-43) still have the worst record in the league, but they are 4-0 against the Angels, adding Monday’s win to a sweep at Target Field in April.
For Twins manager Paul Molitor, it was a nice change of pace to be the team making plays.
“Twenty wins, I probably could go through them all,” Molitor said. “We had a fairly complete game. The defense was good for the most part, we got a solid start, and the bullpen did its job. It’s not a lot of nights we have been able to complement all areas of our game and be efficient, and we haven’t had that many games where we’ve had a lead of five, six runs going in late.”
The Angels, meanwhile, pitched poorly, fielded poorly (three errors) and hit meekly while losing for the seventh time in their past eight games.
At 27-37, they are sliding swiftly in the AL West. The Angels are 12 games behind the Texas Rangers in the division and are now 10 games under .500 for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, when they were 62-72.

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