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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins made up their game postponed from frigid April by playing in sweltering weather Monday at Target Field.

In a see-saw game, the Twins finally went ahead in the seventh inning when the Angels' bullpen struggled, and they held on for a 6-3 win to snap their team-record 10-game home losing streak.

The Twins hit Angels starter Jered Weaver, but he was able to scatter nine hits across six innings with minimal damage. He gave up three runs and two walks with five strikeouts.

But when Cory Rasmus relieved Weaver, he got in a bit of trouble. Rasmus walked Brian Dozier, who moved to third on a fielder's choice error. Rasmus intentionally walked Ryan Doumit to load the bases and then Dozier scored on Trevor Plouffe's sacrifice fly to right.

After Rasmus walked Chris Colabello, Buddy Boshers came in to relieve him and walked Pedro Florimon for a 5-3 Twins lead.

In the eighth, Josmil Pinto hit his third double of the game and scored on Doumit's single to right.

Twin starter Pedro Hernandez was effective early, pitching three scoreless innings, but he started to falter in the fourth. He threw 89 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Twins bullpen took over for Hernandez and shut down the Angels hitters (who collected 12 hits in the game) the rest of the way. Minnesota relievers pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, with Casey Fien getting the win and Glen Perkins picking up his 33rd save.

The Twins opened the scoring in the bottom of the third after Florimon reached on a bunt single. Josmil Pinto then doubled off the center field wall, his second double of the game, to score Florimon.

The Angels responded in the fourth with two runs. Mark Trumbo led off with a single and moved to second on Chris Iannetta's single to right. Trumbo scored on Kole Calhoun's second hit of the game, a double to right. Iannetta scored on Grant Green's grounder to third, with Trevor Plouffe making a great play to get the out.

In the fifth, Hernandez walked Mike Trout and gave up a single to Trumbo that moved Trout to third. Trout scored on Josh Hamilton's two-out double down the right-field line, knocking Hernandez out of the game.

The Twins fought back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game. Pinto walked and moved to third on a double by Doumit, and Plouffe scored them both with a single to center.

OTES: The game was a makeup from April 17, when it was raining, sleeting, blowing and snowing at Target Field. ... Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire are the two longest-tenured active managers in the AL. ... The Twins hold a 5-1 lead in the season series.
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