MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn made it hard to tell that he was struggling with a troublesome stomach.
Washburn fought through a stomach flu to pitch 5 2/3 strong innings and lead Los Angeles over the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Thursday night, snapping the Angels' season-high four-game losing streak."It hit me hard after the second inning," said Washburn, who began feeling nauseous during warmups. "I puked about five times after the second. I thought I was going to do it on the mound a couple times."Despite the problems, Washburn (6-4) allowed just six hits and two runs, while striking out four and walking one."I'm tired," Washburn said afterward. "I never threw up during a game and hopefully never will again."Steve Finley, Maicer Izturis and Adam Kennedy each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who improved to 27-17 on the road."I could tell he was a little bit under the weather," Kennedy said of Washburn. "It's hard to tell how much when he's throwing like that. He was hiding it well."Bret Boone, acquired by Minnesota this week after being designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners, batted third and went 0-for-4. The Twins have lost five of seven and fell 10 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central."I felt a little rusty," Boone said. "It felt like a game in spring training. It'd have been nice to start off with a couple hits and a win, but you can't control those things."Kyle Lohse (7-8) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings, while striking out two and walking three. The Twins fell to 17-16 in one-run games, including 0-4 against the Angels.When manager Ron Gardenhire was asked about his team's struggles in close games, he got irritated."I'm going to start trying to lose by eight instead of one so you guys can stop talking about it," Gardenhire responded. "If you lose, you lose."Trailing 2-0, the Angels opened the fifth with four straight hits from the bottom of the order. Juan Rivera singled and Finley, who came off the disabled list on Thursday, doubled him in. Itzuris followed with an RBI triple to tie it and Kennedy's RBI single gave the Angels a 3-2 lead."We got a lead and then we gave it back right away," Gardenhire said. "That's where you'd like to go shut it down."Minnesota scored both its runs in fourth inning. The Twins loaded the bases with one out before Jacque Jones hit an RBI single on a 3-2 pitch after falling behind in the count 1-2. Lew Ford
followed with a sacrifice fly to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.In the seventh inning, with two outs, runners on the corners and the Twins trailing 3-2, Boone lined out to left against Scot Shields.Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.
The Twins fell to 6-26 when they score three or fewer runs in a game. ... Lohse lost his first career game against the Angels at the Metrodome and lost for the first time in four starts vs. the Angels. ... Washburn improved to 5-1 on the road with a 2.28 ERA. ... Rodriguez has converted all four save opportunities against the Twins this season.