Twins rally behind Carroll run-scoring single in clipping Angels
Minneapolis, MN, United States (AHN Sports) – The Twins finally reached the win column this season after scoring three runs in the seventh, with Jamey Carroll’s go-ahead RBI single capping a late rally and Minnesota edged the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Wednesday night at Target Field.
Chris Parmelee’s two-run triple tied the game at 5-5 before Parmelee came around to score on Carroll’s single off LaTroy Hawkins.
Josh Willingham ripped a two-run homer to help lift the Twins to their first victory of the season.
Willingham’s two-run blast in the fourth off Angels ace Jered Weaver gave the Twins a 3-1 advantage.
It turned into a 4-3 deficit after the Angels came back with Peter Bourjos scorching one off the wall in left field in the fifth inning.
The speedy Angels center fielder rounded the bases in 14 seconds flat on his drive off the left-field wall, the 26th inside-the-park homer in club history and first since June 17, 2007.
The Twins avoided their first 0-5 start in franchise history thanks to the late heroics by Parmelee and Carroll.
Minnesota starter Carl Pavano was touched for five runs on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, while reliever Jeff Gray (1-0) got the win by retiring Bourjos to end the seventh.
Hisanori Takahashi (0-1), who replaced Weaver, came in to face Parmelee and took the loss. Weaver yielded five runs and seven hits in six innings of work.