Twins pull away from Angels to snap five-game losing streak

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			Twins pull away from Angels to snap five-game losing streak
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A losing streak that started Monday in Cleveland, continued in a trip to Kansas City and persisted once returning home, finally came to its conclusion on Saturday.

The Twins snapped their five-game skid with an 11-hit effort combined with strong performances from their bullpen in Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field.

The Twins took the lead in the middle innings, breaking open a tied game with a Jermaine Palacios sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before Gary Sánchez launched a loud three-run home run to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth to help the Twins pull away for good.

Sánchez also drove in a run in the first inning, finishing the day with four runs batted in while Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela each had three hits in the win. Luis Arraez, who is in a race for the batting title alongside Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, finished the day with a pair of hits and two runs scored.

The Twins paired the offensive outburst with a nice night on the mound, as Griffin Jax, Caleb Thielbar, Michael Fulmer and Jorge López all put up zeroes after starter Joe Ryan’s early departure. Twins relievers at one point sent down 11 batters in a row before Jhoan Duran allowed a single to Mickey Moniak in the ninth inning. Duran was the only reliever to allow a hit  — and run — in the game. Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly plated the Angels’ fourth run before Duran retired Shohei Ohtani to end the game.

Ryan, who was pulled after four innings, marking one of his shortest starts of the season, allowed three runs on four hits. All three of those runs came in the third inning, knotting the game at 3-3. Angels stars Trout and Ohtani provided the offense, with Trout’s double off Ryan driving in the Angels’ first run of the night and Ohtani’s single right after plating two more runs.

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