- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels needed help Friday to gain ground in the AL wild-card race.

Kole Calhoun’s liner eluded shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s glove in the 12th inning, allowing Dan Robertson to score the go-ahead run from third as the Angels held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

“It looked like (Escobar) had a bead on it, but he definitely didn’t catch it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Fortunately, the ball knocked out of his glove.”

Escobar knocked the ball down and tried to throw home to get Robertson, but the throw was late as the Angels won the makeup to Friday’s postponement, pulling even in the race for the second wild-card spot. The two teams trail Houston by 1 1-2 games.

Robertson reached base to lead off the 12th on an error by Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Chris Iannetta walked, and Ryan Jackson sacrificed the runners to second and third. With the infield drawn in, Calhoun lined a ball to Escobar.

“They cracked the door open, but we still had to finish it off,” Scioscia said.

Mike Morin (3-1) struck out the only two batters he faced in the 11th, and Huston Street earned his 37th save. The Angels capitalized only after missing a handful of opportunities, leaving four runners in scoring position over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Starter Andrew Heaney held Minnesota without a hit through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth when Eddie Rosario led off with his major league-leading 14th triple. Heaney gave up two earned runs and left after walking Joe Mauer in the seventh.

Miguel Sano sent Mauer home with a two-run shot to the second deck in center field above the bullpens, his 17th homer, which tied the game off reliever Trevor Gott.

Heaney finished with two walks and six strikeouts, and he now has 16 strikeouts across his last three starts, but none have lasted longer than Saturday’s six innings.

“I feel terrible for putting (Gott) in that situation,” Heaney said. “To have to come in there and face a guy that’s the potential tying run. If I get Mauer out, that doesn’t matter. I need to do my job, when I start doing that maybe I’ll get a longer leash.”

Kyle Gibson allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings for Minnesota.


Twins: All-Star closer Glen Perkins appeared in a game for the first time since Sept. 1, making his return from back spasms. Perkins struck out the only batter he faced, Calhoun, with two runners on in the seventh. … RHP Trevor May also made his return to the lineup after missing two games with a sore right hip. He pitched a scoreless eighth.


The finale of the four-game series will have Minnesota rookie RHP Tyler Duffey (3-1, 3.72) facing RHP Matt Shoemaker (7-9, 4.31) for the Angels. Duffey has allowed just four earned runs in 17 innings at home this season and beat Detroit in his last outing by allowing one run in 6 1-3 innings. Shoemaker will make his first start since Sept. 1 after dealing with right forearm tightness.

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