Dan Haren pitched eight strong innings, and was backed by a pair of early rallies as the Angels defeated the Twins 7-1 at Angel Stadium, the sixth straight home series win for the Angels. Mark Trumbo had two hits, including a three-run home run, and Torii Hunter had three hits to pace the Halos' offense. The Angels were able to build an early lead with a two-run second inning and a three-run third inning.
Haren might be overshadowed by Jered Weaver this season, but he is really having a fantastic season. He allowed one run in a complete game win in Detroit on Saturday and followed it up with tonight's performance, during which he struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Haren is 12-6 on the season with a 2.81 ERA, and he leads the American League with a 5.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Angels pounded 10 hits and scored seven runs in five innings against Francisco Liriano, who fell to 7-9 on the season. Jim Thome hit a home run to center field in the eighth inning, the first run of the game scored off Haren. It was the 598th home run of Thome's career, and ninth of the season.
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