MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gary Sánchez drove four times, including a 3-run homer in the fifth inning, as the Minnesota Twins beat Los Angeles 8-4 on Saturday night The Angels ended a five-game losing streak.
Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela each hit three hits for the Twins, who have won only for the second time in 10 games. Minnesota was eliminated in Friday night’s AL Central game.
Sanchez hit his 15th homer of the season and his second in the past 23 games in a 3-0 win over reliever Mike Meyers.
“We went out there and played a lot and we had a lot of good hitters,” Minnesota head coach Rocco Baldley said. “I think it’s a good approach. We found a way to get past some fastballs in a good way today.”
Griffin Jax (7-3) scored a scoreless inning win on a relief from Twins starter Joe Ryan.
“The offense was excellent, so that was a bright spot,” Ryan said. “It’s always great to see that and get the win. But, personally, it’s definitely frustrating. But as a team, it’s great to be back in the clubhouse full of energy. Bring it on Until tomorrow and the next few road trips.”
Reid Detmers (6-6) made three errors for the Angels in four-plus games, allowing five runs — four wins.
“There was a lot of good and a lot of bad,” Determers said of his season, which included a no-hitter. “I can learn a lot of good things from it, but I can also learn a few things from it. I’ll probably take the bad stuff out of the offseason.”
Los Angeles’ first three games came in Game 3. Mike Trout hit an RBI double and Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run single, but the Angels lost for the third time in four games.
Minnesota jumped on the Detmers early. Miranda and Luis Arraez singled before Urshela hit a two.
“Each one is a learning experience for someone who really goes from wire to wire in their first year,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said of the Detmers. “He’s done some really good things, these The experience will only benefit him next year.”
Ryan’s Rookie Movement
Ryan is wrapping up his first full season in the majors and has surpassed his career high with 144 innings. He has 143 strikeouts for Minnesota this season, one of the franchise rookie records set by Francisco Liliano in 2006.
Ryan has allowed three hits in his past two innings, went scoreless across 14 2/3 innings, and gave up three in four innings with four hits and a three-run walk.
“It’s frustrating,” Ryan said. “Anytime I don’t get past six, it’s kind of annoying. It’s absolutely frustrating to put that on the bullpen. They’ve thrown a lot this year. It’s always been tough.”
Not this time
Saturday was the first time this season that Otani and Trout each recorded multiple RBIs in a game and the Angels lost.
Angels: INF David Fletcher (bruised right hand) is rocking. He has been out since September 17 after being hit in the hand for the second time in recent weeks.
Twins: A day after Byron Buxton shut down the All-Star Game for the season and announced he would undergo knee surgery, Baldley learned more about the knee issue he said Buxton has been suffering since early April dealing with this issue. “He was in a state early in the season where reasonable arguments or just reasonable people would say he couldn’t play,” Baldley said. “He refused to hear that. Again, at the beginning of April, the beginning of the season, he was even trying to do some of the most basic things you need to do to be in the game.”
UP NEXT (Sunday, noon, 1060/103.1 KGFX)
Former Angels starter Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.78 ERA) will start for Minnesota in Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Los Angeles teamed up with LHP Jose Suarez (6-8, 4.11).