With Pujols on second base and Yunel Escobar on first, Angels first baseman Jefry Marte hit a sharp ground ball to Minnesota's Miguel Sano. Sano also started this around-the-horn triple play to bring the top of the 4th to a sudden stop.
Mauer started the two-run homer parade for the Twins in the first inning with his fourth home run of the season.
"I thought about it before the pitch came", Sano said, via an interpreter. Kyle Gibson lasted 5.2 innings and allowed just two runs to get his second win of the season.
Following Polanco, Eddie Rosario ripped a ball into the left field corner bringing Polanco to third and arriving at second with a double to represent the go-ahead run.
The pitching matchup for tonight has Ervin Santana (7-2, 1.75 ERA) on the mound for the Twins to face Matt Shoemaker (4-3, 4.26) of the Angels. The Halos' flamethrower must have been all out of fuel, and by the time he was pulled from the game, he had given up SEVEN RUNS already while only getting 13 outs on the board.
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Twins: 3B Sano, who leads Minnesota in home runs (13) and RBIs (40), returned to the lineup in the cleanup spot after missing two games with an illness.
However, in the bottom of the eighth, Taylor Rogers wasn't so lucky as he gave up a solo home run to Calhoun, his second of the day, to make it 2-1 going into the ninth.
The Twins' rally in the ninth against reliever Jose Alvarez (0-2) was aided by a miscue from Marte, who dropped a one-out popup from Jorge Polanco for an error.
Bud Norris walked in a final run. Gibson has yet to defeat the Angels in his career, going 0-2 with a 6.21 ERA in six starts.
Ramirez's story in this Friday night slaughter is fairly easy to tell: The guy made too many mistakes against a team that has the talent to make you pay for said mistakes.
"JC didn't look like he had his edge early", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.