Angels 4, Twins 3, 11 innings


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Orlando Cabrera’s third hit of the game, an RBI single in the 11th inning, gave the Los Angeles Angels a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Jesse Crain (0-3), working his third inning in relief, gave up a leadoff single to Chone Figgins. The right-hander tried to pick off Figgins, who led the majors in stolen bases in last season, but threw the ball away sending the runner to third.

Cabrera grounded the next pitch through the left side for the game-winner.

Scot Shields (3-3) pitched a hitless inning and struck out three to get the victory.

Garret Anderson added a pair of RBI singles for the Angels.

Michael Cuddyer homered for the Twins, who began a nine-game road trip following a three-game sweep of Seattle.

John Lackey allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. The Angels’ right-hander finished May 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts – the first winless month of his five-year career. He hasn’t won since beating Detroit 4-0 April 26 with a one-hitter.

Lackey, whose last four starts have been no-decisions, left the game trailing 3-2. But Figgins got him off the hook in the eighth, lining Juan Rincon’s 1-1 pitch off the glove of three-time Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo for an RBI single. It drove in pinch-runner Tommy Murphy from second after Adam Kennedy reached on a two-out hit to deep shortstop.

The Twins had the potential go-ahead run at second with two outs in the ninth, but Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez picked off Rondell White to end the threat. In the 11th, Cuddyer looked at a third strike from Shields with the go-ahead run at second.

Brad Radke allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings and struck out four. The right-hander allowed six of his first 10 batters to reach base, but stranded five of them – getting Dallas McPherson to pop out with the bases loaded in the first.

The Twins took a 3-1 lead with a pair of fourth-inning runs. Cuddyer put them ahead to stay with his seventh homer. Justin Morneau followed with a double and scored on White’s single.

Cuddyer’s home run was his first at Anaheim. He beat the Angels with a walkoff homer as a pinch-hitter against former teammate J.C. Romero on April 19 at the Metrodome. His only other home run against the Angels was against Lackey, on May 2, 2004 in a 3-1 loss.

Anderson, who grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in Sunday’s 7-6 loss to Baltimore, drove in Cabrera from second with a single that cut Minnesota’s lead to 3-2.

One pitch earlier, Anderson’s line drive hit the right field line for an apparent double – but first base umpire Ed Montague got turned around the wrong way and called it foul without seeing the ball hit the ground. Montague’s guess was wrong, and manager Mike Scioscia ran out to join Anderson and first base coach Alfredo Griffin in a heated argument with the 31-year veteran ump.

Notes: Angels RHP Bartolo Colon, recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder, will make the first of two scheduled rehab starts on Thursday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, then throw another one next Tuesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. Barring any setback, last year’s AL Cy Young winner will be activated the following weekend. … Radke is 13-7 lifetime against the Angels with a 2.09 ERA, his lowest against any AL team. His next-lowest is 3.92, against Oakland. … The Angels are 9-17 in May with two games left, and will post consecutive losing months for the first time since August and September of 2003.

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