The Los Angeles Angels lost not only a game Tuesday night in Minnesota, but also their grip on second place in the American League West.
The 4-3 loss to the Twins dropped their record to 20-22 (winning percentage of .476), which allowed the Seattle Mariners (22-23, .489) to leapfrog them into the second position in the division.
Minnesota built a 4-0 lead through five innings, but the Angels rallied with three runs in the top of the sixth. A double by David Fletcher, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Shohei Ohtani brought in the runs.
Ohtani had three hits to push his batting average to .321. He also figured in two of the most important plays of the game. In the sixth he was thrown out at third trying to take an extra base, and in the eighth he was cut down at home plate when Twins center fielder Byron Buxton beat him with a frozen rope.
Cam Bedrosian (1-2) was the opener and was tagged with the loss despite working just the first inning. Felix Pena worked five innings, giving up five hits and three runs. He struck out three batters and walked one.
After splitting the first two games of the series in Minneapolis, the Angels will take on the Twins again Thursday in the rubber match. Trevor Cahill (2-3) gets the start for the Halos against the home team’s Jake Odorizzi (5-2).