ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Juan Castro had three RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run single, and Jacque Jones homered to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 Monday night.

The Twins have won seven of their last eight games.

Carlos Silva (7-3) gave up four runs, eight hits and struck out six in 6 1-3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Castro singled to right in the sixth inning, giving the Twins a 5-3 lead. Vladimir Guerrero homered in the bottom of the inning, but Jones led off the eighth with a shot to center field, increasing the Twins’ lead to 6-4.

The Angels closed to 6-5 in the eighth on a RBI double by Maicer Izturis, but Juan Rincon struck out Dallas McPherson to end the inning.

Torii Hunter made it 7-5 in the ninth with a two-out RBI double, his third hit of the game.

John Lackey (6-3) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked two. The right-hander lost for the first time since May 9, a 3-0 defeat against Cleveland.

Darin Erstad hit a two-run homer in the first for the Angels, who had won three straight.

Castro’s RBI double in the fourth put the Twins ahead 3-2. Minnesota got two other runs in the inning on a double by Jones and a single by Justin Morneau.

Los Angeles tied the game at 3-all in the fifth on a hit by Adam Kennedy.

Kennedy was ejected in the ninth by plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a called strike.

Notes: The Twins improved to 24-27 on the Fourth of July; the Angels fell to 21-27. … The Angels have not committed an error in the last 14 games, tying the club record set from June 14-28, 1991. … The Twins lead the season series 3-1. … Angels OF Steve Finley, on the DL with a strained right shoulder, will take live batting practice in the next couple of days and likely return after the All-Star break.

AP-ES-07-05-05 0003EDT


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.