Angels Bring Bats And A Broom To A 14-4 Thumping Of Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Angels have been winning lately with contributions from different players each game. On Sunday, everyone took a turn.
Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick and C.J. Cron all homered, C.J. Wilson earned his 11th win, and the major league-leading Angels routed Minnesota 14-4 to complete a season sweep of the last-place Twins.
Almost every Angels starter had a hit, and six drove in runs. Kendrick led the way with three hits and four RBIs. Trout, Cron and Chris Iannetta each drove in a pair of runs, and the AL West leaders had a season-high 19 hits to complete their fifth four-game sweep this season, extending a franchise record.
The Angels finished the season 7-0 against Minnesota.
With the outcome virtually assured in the eighth, the game resembled a spring training matchup with each team trotting out seldom-used youngsters. Shawn O'Malley got a hit in his first major league at-bat in the ninth off Minnesota reliever Caleb Thielbar.
"They kept swinging, the ball kept flying," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just one of those days."
Wilson (11-9) overcame some early struggles to limit Minnesota to four hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. He walked three straight batters to start the second. All three came around to score, giving Minnesota a 3-1 lead, but Wilson retired 13 of his next 14 hitters.
Trout's two-run homer in the third off rookie Logan Darnell (0-2) tied it.
Kendrick had a two-run triple in the fifth, and Cron launched a two-run shot off reliever A.J. Achter in a six-run sixth. Iannetta's two-run single made it 12-3.
The Angels added a pair of runs off reliever Ryan Pressly in the seventh on RBI singles by O'Malley and Kendrick.
Kennys Vargas hit a 451-foot homer in the eighth off Los Angeles reliever Vinnie Pestano to make it 14-4. Wade LeBlanc pitched a scoreless ninth for the Angels.
"We hung in there the first three days and had chances. Today they just dominated us," Gardenhire said.
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