(Anaheim, CA) — Miguel Sano smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Twins trimmed the Angels 3-2 in Anaheim. Jason Castro went deep in the third for Minnesota, which took three of four in the series. Jose Berrios tossed six innings of two-run ball to up his record to 4-and-1. Brandon Kintzler closed it out for his 15th save. Ben Revere had two hits and an RBI for the Halos. Ricky Nolasco yielded three runs in less than six frames to fall to 2-and-6. It ends the first leg of the west coast road trip which continues tomorrow in Seattle. The Twins are in the middle of a 11 day, 10 game and three city trip that started with a four game stay in Anaheim followed by tomorrow’s trip to Seattle and it will finish later this week in San Francisco. Hector Santiago (4-5) is set to get the start Tuesday night against the Mariners with a 9:10 first pitch.
As for the Mariners, they just completed a three-game sweep of the Rays with a 7-1 win in Seattle yesterday. Ariel Miranda went the distance, striking out nine while allowing just a run and four hits to improve to 6-and-2. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the victory. Jesus Sucre plated the only run for Tampa Bay. Erasmo Ramirez allowed four runs and seven hits in less than five innings to fall to 3-and-1. James Paxton brings his perfect 4-0 record to the mound in game one of the three game set tomorrow night. The Twins (29-24) still hold first place in the American League West by one game over Cleveland. The Marniers (28-30) are tied for second place in the A-L West but are 13 1/2 games back of the Houston Astros.