Kole Calhoun can’t do it alone.
The red-haired Angel outfielder launched two solo home runs Thursday night, but that wasn’t enough as the Halos dropped a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim. It took a triple play and a costly error for the visitors to drop the home team again below .500 at 28-29.
With his team trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Calhoun hit his seventh home run of the season to tie the game up. Two innings later in the bottom of the eight, he launched his eighth to put the Halos ahead 2-1 going into the top of the ninth.
But it wasn’t hitting that ended up turning the tide. The Twins had two singles, got two walks and a key error by first baseman Jefry Marte led to a three-run rally that decided the game.
“You can focus a lot in the ninth inning — obviously, we dropped the popup and we walked a couple guys, but this game was lost in a lot of different ways,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We had some opportunities, and it’s a shame because Alex pitched a great game.”
Alex Mayer did pitch well, working six innings and giving up just five hits and one run. He struck out four batters and walked two.
J.C. Ramirez (5-3) will make the start for the Angels on Friday against the Twins.