Duensing, Kubel lead Twins past Angels 7-2

Posted: 21/08/2010 in MLB

Duensing dazzles again as Twins down Angels

Brian Duensing, Joe Mauer, Jim Thome

Brian Duensing sparkled on the mound for a second straight start, this time tossing eight innings of one-run ball, as the Twins grabbed a 7-2 win over the Angels at Target Field.

Duensing (7-1), who tossed his first career complete game in a 2-0 win over Oakland last Saturday, gave up seven hits and fanned six batters in the opener of this three-game set. He moved to 9-1 in 15 career starts.

“The only thing I wish I had a better command of was fastballs,” Duensing said. “I thought we did a good job of mixing up the speeds to plate, kind of kept them off balance.”

Duensing threw 78 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer off Dan Haren in the third inning as Minnesota widened its lead to 4 1/2 games over Chicago in the AL Central. The White Sox had their game at Kansas City postponed by rain Friday, causing a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Twins, who have won seven of their last eight overall, have captured 10 of their last 11 at home.

Haren (1-4) was touched for 11 hits and seven runs over seven innings as Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in five games.

Howie Kendrick had three of LA’s eight hits and scored on Torii Hunter’s double-play grounder in the fourth inning. The Angels are now eight games behind first-place Texas in the AL West,

“There’s no way you can think about being out of it,” Hunter said. “If I catch any player saying we’re out of it they should go home and never play baseball again. That’s what you do in any sport. We’re just going to keep playing baseball and hopefully we can get a hot streak somewhere and they can get a losing streak. It’s all about a little luck.”

It was rough-going for Haren at the start as Denard Span and Orlando Hudson singled. Joe Mauer followed with a sacrifice fly to center.

J.J. Hardy doubled to begin the bottom of the third and two outs later Mauer was given an intentional walk. Kubel followed with a three-run blast to right field.

The Twins padded their lead to 7-1 in the fourth. Jim Thome tripled for the 26th time in his career and Delmon Young singled to center. After Danny Valencia doubled, Hardy lifted a sac fly to left. Hudson singled up the middle later in the frame for another run.

Duensing gave up a one-out double to Peter Bourjos in the eighth, but came back to get Bobby Abreu and Kendrick on ground balls to escape the inning.

Alberto Callaspo doubled off Matt Guerrier in the ninth and scored on a Juan Rivera groundout.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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