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John Lackey Twinkie Fest a Sweet Angels Homer Show

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Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Angels 6, Twins 3

John Lackey had one bump in the road, Joe Mauer, and the bump hit him twice for solo HRs, but Lackey's Angels picked him up with a solo HR by Jeff Mathis, a 2-Run HR by Robb Quinlan and a 3-Run HR when it mattered most by Mike Napoli. Twins starter Francisco Liriano got touched up by the Halos in the loss and Lackey earned his 97th regular season victory in an Angels uniform. It was the Angels' 7th win in a row. The team is 15-5 in July and have only lost once since the All-Star Break.

Rookie Kevin Jepsen came in to relieve Lackey and face Mauer in the 8th inning with a man on and induced a ground out to Chone Figgins at 3B. Jepsen surrendered a run on two singles in the 9th inning but the game really wasn't even that close. On a night where Quinlan and Mathis homered, as well as Howie Kendrick 3 hits, you wouldn't really figure the opponent stood a chance.

The Twins, close in the AL Central, looked gassed, suffering from last night's dizzying blown save by the heretofore untouchable Joe Nathan as well as visions of the Central Division leader White Sox enjoying a perfect game hours before their miserable defeat. But this team swept the Angels in their Hankiedome in April so it is not a minor league free pass facing All Stars like Mauer, Justin Morneau and the ghost of Kirby Puckett, who was obviously hanging with some ghost girls at Disneyland or somewhere else.

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