Twins 9, Angels 0

Updated: August 24, 2008, 12:24 AM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Teixeira went 3-for-3 with a home run and Francisco Rodriguez closed out another strong bullpen performance, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over Minnesota 7-5 Saturday night and ending the Twins' four-game winning streak.

Rodriguez earned his major league-leading 49th save, combining with Darren Oliver (5-1) and Scot Shields for 4 2-3 scoreless innings of two-hit relief.

Teixeira and Vladimir Guerrero each drove in two runs for the Angels in the matchup of AL division leaders.

The Angels staked Jon Garland to a 6-1 lead through four innings, but the right-hander never made it out of the fifth as the Twins rallied for four runs.

Oliver then took over, shutting down Minnesota on one hit for 2 2-3 innings. Shields pitched a perfect eighth inning and Rodriguez closed, leaving him eight shy of Bobby Thigpen's big league saves record.

Nick Blackburn (9-8) allowed six runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings.

Two errors by third baseman Brian Buscher helped the Angels score four runs in the third, snapping their shutout streak at 22 innings. The Twins intentionally walked Teixeira with one out to load the bases for Guerrero, who drove the next pitch over the head of center fielder Carlos Gomez for a two-run double.

Teixeira gave the Angels a 7-5 lead in the sixth with a solo homer, his 26th overall this season and sixth since coming over in a trade from Atlanta on July 29. He connected off Boof Bonser, hitting a drive that bounced off the top of the low fence in right field and into the seats.

Guerrero tied a dubious franchise record when he bounced into double plays in the first and fourth innings. That gave him a major league-worst 26 double-play grounders this season, equaling Lyman Bostock's total with the 1978 Angels.

Giving a big lead, Garland hit Gomez to load the bases with no outs in the fifth. Denard Span had to settle for a sacrifice fly when seven-time Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter made a leaping catch on the warning track.

Alexei Casilla walked, AL batting leader Joe Mauer hit a two-run single that that extended his career-beat hitting streak to 15 games and Justin Morneau had an RBI groundout.

Casilla homered leading off the fourth. The Angels responded in the bottom half with RBI singles by Erick Aybar and Teixeira.

Game notes
Hunter also robbed Jason Kubel of extra bases with a diving catch in left-center in the eighth. ... Morneau is the only Twins player to have appeared in all 129 games. He needs to drive in one more run to join Harmon Killebrew as the only players in Twins history with three consecutive 100-RBI seasons. ... Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP, has one hit in his last 31 at-bats against the Angels going back to last season. His career batting average is .182 against them -- 111 points lower than it is against the rest of the AL.


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