Despite five walks that ate into his pitch count, Garrett Richards got the outs he needed when he needed them, striking out five Twins batters and allowing only four hits over seven and one-third innings pitched.
Kevin Jepsen allowed an inherited runner to score to make the game 5-2 late. In the bottom of the same eighth inning, C.J. Cron got a little insurance late, driving Erick Aybar to keep the distance at four runs.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Angels started the scoring with a Grant Green Sac Fly to plate Aybar. The big hit, though, was a Kole Calhoun double to drive in Cron and Chris Iannetta.
Richards kept a low pitch count early but the Walks caught up with him and he exited with two on and one out in the eighth having thrown 113 pitches, 67 for strikes. Very good was good enough tonight in front of 39,000 fans who broke the Guinness book record for largest gathering of people wearing Santa Hats, the clots caps being given out to every fan who entered. Emblazoned with ANGELS across the front, tens of thousands of Christmases in the OC will be properly accoutremented after tonight's fashion statement. Meanwhile, Richards puts a little more push into his campaign to make the All Star team.
Tomorrow's game is at 12:35 in the afternoon and the Angels have a chance to make it a 6-0 homestand!