Los Angeles (57-49) at Minnesota (60-45)

Fair Currently: Minneapolis, MN
Temp: 80° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Aug 4, 2004
  • TV: FSNO
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Over the last two weeks, the Minnesota Twins have put everything together.

The first-place Twins will try to remain one of the hottest teams in the league when they continue their series with the visiting Anaheim Angels.

By winning 12 of 15, the Twins have built a five-game lead over the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central. Owners of an AL-low 4.00 team ERA, the Twins have shown of late they can hit as well. Over the last 13 games, Minnesota has scored at least five runs 10 times.

In the series opener on Tuesday, Carlos Silva threw the first complete game of his career and Torii Hunter, Jacque Jones, Justin Morneau and Henry Blanco all homered in a 10-0 victory.

The Twins tied a team record by turning six double plays in handing the Angels just their second loss in seven games.

The Angels were just frustrated by their missed opportunities.

“It’s uncharacteristic of our offense,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re usually very aggressive and can avoid the double plays for the most part. Tonight, it didn’t matter where we were hitting them.”

John Lackey surrendered seven runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings for the Angels, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

“Tonight was probably the furthest away from our type of game that we need to play,” Scioscia said.

Before the game the Angels got some bad news as they were forced to put catcher Bengie Molina in the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.

Molina, batting .289 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 228 at-bats, broke the tip of his right index finger in Saturday’s game against Seattle. This is Molina’s second trip to the DL this year. He missed 13 games in June with a calf strain.

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