MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 3 and drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as the Minnesota Twins snapped a 10-game home losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Plouffe’s two-run, two-out double in the fifth inning tied the game 3-3, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 4-3 as the Twins won at home for the first time since Aug. 15, avoiding the longest home losing streak since the franchise started in Washington in 1901.
The home skid was the Twins’ longest since moving from Washington in 1961. The Senators lost 10 straight home games in 1957.
Playing a makeup game for an April 17 rainout, the Angels continue their longest trip of the season — nine games — on Tuesday in Toronto. They also play three-game series at Houston and Oakland.
Cory Rasmus (0-1) loaded the bases on a walk, a fielder’s choice and a single in the seventh and gave up Plouffe’s sacrifice fly to right. Pedro Florimon drew a bases-loaded walk off Buddy Boshers to drive in another run, and Ryan Doumit capped it with an RBI single in the eighth.
Casey Fien (4-2) earned the victory with a scoreless seventh and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 33rd save Rookie Josmil Pinto went 3 for 4 with three doubles and a run scored for the Twins.
Jared Weaver made his fourth straight quality start for the Angels, allowing three earned runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings, but for the Twins, it was a bonanza. In their last meeting, the Twins managed just two hits over eight innings in a 1-0 loss on July 24, and in 2012 were the losing team in Weaver’s no-hitter on May 2, 2012.
The right-hander entered Monday’s game with an 8-2 record and 3.28 ERA in 14 career starts against Minnesota.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the third on Pedro Florimon’s bunt single and Pinto’s one-out, RBI double.
The Angels scored two runs in the fourth on three hits off Pedro Hernandez, making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sept. 3.
The Angels added a run in the fifth on Josh Hamilton’s double. NOTES: The announced attendance of 21,826 was the lowest in Target Field’s four-year history. … Angels 2B Howie Kendrick, out since Aug. 6 because of a hyperextended left knee, could be available as soon as Tuesday in Toronto, manager Mike Scioscia said. Kendrick was injured after colliding with a teammate while chasing a pop fly. … The Angels recalled C John Hester before Tuesday night’s game. … With his RBI double in the fourth, Angels OF Kole Calhoun has an RBI in 12 of his past 13 games. … The Twins will use a six-man rotation for the final month of the season, manager Ron Gardenhire said. They added September callup LHP Scott Diamond to the rotation. … The Twins added Diamond, INF Eduardo Escobar, OF/1B Chris Parmelee, RHP Shairon Martis and C Eric Fryer to the expanded roster after Rochester lost its International League playoff series on Sunday. To make room on the roster, the Twins placed RHP Samuel Deduno (shoulder) and OF Wilkin Ramirez (broken leg). … Twins C Joe Mauer, on the DL because of a concussion suffered Aug. 19, took batting practice.