A six-run seventh inning helped the Angels pull away, taking down the Minnesota Twins, 10-3.
It was a quiet and very fast game through the first three-and-a-half innings, but the Angels jumped out to the lead first. After two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth, the Angels put together a two-out rally. After a Mike Trout walk and Justin Upton double, Jared Walsh doubled in both runs to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.
The Twins jumped out to a lead in the sixth, as five of their first six hitters in the inning reached base. Their 3-2 lead didn’t last long, as the Halos retook the lead in the bottom half of the sixth. Three straight singles from the Angels and a two-RBI knock from Trout put them in front, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, LA was hanging on to a one-run lead. Then, the floodgates opened up. Three of the first four hitters in the inning recorded a single, giving the Angels a 5-3 lead. With two outs, the Twins opted to intentionally walk Trout, loading the bases for Justin Upton. Well, he made them pay.
Upton launched a grand slam into left field, giving the Angels a very comfortable six-run lead. Not to mention, he had a fantastic bat flip as well.
Walsh then followed with a solo shot of his own, putting the Angels in double digits on the night.
Andrew Heaney got the start for the Angels, giving them 5 1⁄3 innings. He allowed only two runs on two hits and issued six strikeouts. While he was on the mound, the Twins were never really able to string together any kind of offense.
WP: Aaron Slegers (1-0) 2⁄3 IP, 1 ER
LP: Randy Dobnak (0-3) 2 1⁄3 IP, 5 ER
HR: Justin Upton (2) Jared Walsh (4)