Minnesota (68-64) at Los Angeles (64-69)

Cloudy Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 28, 2003
  • TV: KCAL
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Kyle Lohse looks to rebound from his first loss in nearly a month as the Minnesota Twins take on the Anaheim Angels in the decisive game of their series at Edison Field.

The 24-year-old right-hander’s four-game winning streak was snapped with Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Lohse allowed three runs, all in the third inning, and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in the loss.

“If I could take back a couple of pitches in the third inning, it would be great—but you can’t,” Lohse said of his first setback since a July 26 defeat at Cleveland. “We played a pretty good ballgame. I just hate losing at this point in the season.”

Prior to the winning streak, Lohse was 0-5 with an 11.03 ERA in eight starts, capped by the loss to Cleveland. In his worst start of the season, Lohse allowed eight runs—seven earned—in just 1 2-3 innings.

However, he responded by embarking on his best stretch of the season, boasting a 4.33 ERA during the four-game win streak.

Lohse’s emergence has helped the Twins climb back into the AL Central race.

Despite Wednesday’s 5-4 loss, the defending Central champions are just 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox.

Scott Spiezio hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh and Bengie Molina also homered for Anaheim, which has won four of six.

Troy Percival got three outs for his 28th save in 30 chances to continue his mastery of the Twins. Percival has not allowed an earned run over 37 innings in his 35 career appearances against Minnesota.

STANDINGS: Twins - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 14 GB, AL West.

TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Lohse (10-10, 5.00 ERA). Lohse is 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Ramon Ortiz (15-10, 4.82 ERA). Ortiz has won two straight starts despite allowing a combined eight runs in 12 innings. The right-hander was reached for five runs and eight hits over six innings in Friday’s 6-5 win over Detroit. Ortiz is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in six career starts against Minnesota.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Jacque Jones, .311 avg.; Shannon Stewart, 74 runs; Torii Hunter, 23 HRs and 84 RBIs; Cristian Guzman, 14 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .323 avg., 27 HRs and 109 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 68 runs; Adam Kennedy, 18 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Angels, 4-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - 2B Luis Rivas is hitting .304 (14-for-46) over his last 12 games with two doubles, a triple, four homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored. … The bullpen has allowed just one run over its last nine games (0.38 ERA). … SS Guzman does not have a home run this season in 501 plate appearances. The only other players in Twins history with a homer drought of 500 or more plate appearances in the same season were Al Newman (521 in 1989), and Hall of Famers Rod Carew (591 in 1972) and Kirby Puckett (583 in 1984). Angels - OF Anderson is 6-for-9 in his career against RHP Lohse, including three doubles, one homer and two RBIs. … The Angels have not won a home season series against the Twins since going 4-2 in 1995. … INF Spiezio is hitting .300 (27-for-90) over his last 24 games with 19 RBIs.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 33-32 on the road; Angels - 38-30 at home.

INJURIES: Twins - OF Lew Ford (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Rick Reed (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - SS David Eckstein (hamstring), 15-day DL; DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.

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14-11 Record 16-13
4.61 ERA 5.20
130 K 94
45 BB 63
1.27 WHIP 1.51