Twins sweep Angels with walk-off win in 12th

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MINNEAPOLIS — Oswaldo Arcia hit a single off closer in the 12th inning to lift the Twins to a 3-2 walk-off win and complete a three-game sweep of the Angels on Sunday at Target Field.

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With Byron Buxton at second base with two outs after a stolen base, Arcia lifted a fly ball into the left-field corner just out of the reach of a diving Rafael Ortega. It allowed Buxton to score the winning run in Minnesota’s first walk-off win of the season.
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The Angels scored early on a two-run blast from Albert Pujols in the first inning, but couldn’t get anything going offensively after that, as they didn’t have a hit after the fourth inning. It was career homer No. 562 for Pujols and came on a 1-0 fastball from right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was otherwise solid over seven innings. Pujols’ two-run blast [email protected]: Pujols mashes a two-run home runAlbert Pujols launches a home run to the second deck in left field, his 562nd homer, putting him one behind Reggie Jackson for 13th place

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Angels starter also fared well, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks, but was stuck with a no-decision.

Reliever , who gave up two homers in the eighth inning on Saturday, allowed the tying run in the eighth on a double-play grounder hit by Arcia after back-to-back singles from Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe. Smith stayed in for the ninth and was able to get out of a bases-loaded situation with two outs, getting Buxton to ground out to shortstop.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Help from friends: With two out and two on in the seventh, Joe Mauer singled to left. Angels left fielder Ortega came up with the ball quickly and sent a strong throw on one hop to nab Eduardo Nunez trying to score, allowing the Angels to hold onto a 2-1 lead at the time. Ortega’s run saving throw [email protected]: Ortega nails Nunez at the plateRafael Ortega fields a single in left and sends a strong throw home in time to get Nunez at the plate and keep the Angels on top, 2-1

The Angels got out of a similar jam in the ninth with Smith pitching. Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases before shortstop secured a hard-hit grounder from Buxton and threw to third to end the inning.

Sano, Plouffe double up: The Twins got on the board in the fourth, when Sano doubled to left with one out before scoring on a double to right from Plouffe. But Plouffe was stranded at second after a walk to Arcia, as Byung Ho Park and Eddie Rosario both struck out. They teamed up again in the eighth to tie the game, as Sano opened with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Buxton. Plouffe followed with a single to right to get Buxton to third. Buxton scored the tying run on a double-play grounder from Arcia. Plouffe’s RBI double [email protected]: Plouffe drives in Sano with a doubleTrevor Plouffe smacks a double to right field, scoring Miguel Sano and putting the Twins on the board in the 4th inning

Power from Pujols: Pujols showed he can still hit the ball a long way when he homered to open the scoring in the first inning. With Mike Trout on base, Pujols sent a Gibson pitch deep into the second deck in left field. The towering shot — projected to travel 395.93 feet and coming off the bat at 103.52 mph, according to Statcastâ„¢ — was Pujols’ second home run of the series, accounting for both of his homers this season.

Pujols, who has 562 homers and is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th all-time, flied out to the warning track in center field in the eighth.

Gibson settles in: After issuing a leadoff walk and allowing Pujols’ two-run homer in the first, Gibson was able to get back on track. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS With his two singles, Mauer tied Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew with 1,173 hits, which is the cheap authentic mlb jerseys fifth-most in Twins history.

PLOUFFE EXITS Plouffe drew a leadoff walk in the 10th inning, but was stranded there when Rosario flied out to center. But as Plouffe ran on the fly ball from Rosario, he grabbed at his side and walked off the field with trainer Dave Pruemer. Plouffe was diagnosed with a right intercostal strain and initially suffered the injury on a swing in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Eduardo Escobar and is considered day to day.

WHAT’S NEXT Angels: Left-hander gets the ball on Monday as the Angels continue their 10-game road trip against the White Sox at 5:10 p.m. PT. Santiago, a former Draft pick by Chicago, is coming off his longest outing in three seasons with the Angels — 7 2/3 innings with four runs allowed against Oakland.

Twins: Right-hander Phil Hughes gets the nod in the series opener on Monday at 7:10 p.m. CT as the Twins remain at Target Field to take on the Brewers in a two-game series. Hughes is looking for his first win of the year despite registering two quality starts.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Brian Hall is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

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