The Los Angeles Angels returned to the Big A on Monday night to host the Minnesota Twins for a three-game series. Right when the Angels needed it most, they picked up a big win in the opener by a final score of 4-3 and will head into May on a winning note.
The Halos once again ran into trouble in the late innings, but this time were able to hang on and give C.J. Wilson his third win of the year.
Torii Hunter drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out RBI single. Hunter would drive in the next two runs for the Angels as well with his third homer of the year in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Angels would get an all-important insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a solo shot by Chris Iannetta, but the 4-0 lead would turn into a 4-3 lead quickly, as the Twins plated three in the top of the eighth.
The Angels were able to limit the damage there, however, as Scott Downs went 1.1 innings of one-hit baseball for his second save of the season. Wilson ended up going 7.1 innings, having all three runs charged to him on five hits and one walk.
Albert Pujols was 1-for-4 with another double (his eighth of the year) and a run scored. He is now batting .217.
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