Early lead melts as the Twins win 8-3

MIKE TROUT hit his 11th homer of the season, but the Angels lost 8-3 to the Twins after leading early on Tuesday (Angels photo).

A rainstorm after five innings would have been nice.

The Los Angeles Angels held a 3-0 lead at that point on Tuesday in Anaheim, but the only downpour the Halos felt were hits – including two home runs – by the other team as they lost 8-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

The loss was the Angels’ third straight defeat, putting their record at 22-26. That sets them in fourth-place in the tightly-packed American League West.

Things started well for the Halos. Mike Trout hit his 11th homer of the season, and starter Trevor Cahill was sharp, working five-plus innings and giving up just two hits and one run. He struck out five and walked one.

After that, things went to heck. The Twins scored three runs in the sixth, four in the eight and one in the ninth. Particularly hard-hit was Luke Bard (1-2), who worked the seventh inning and was tagged for four hits and four runs.

Minnesota’s offense was sparked by home runs by Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Arraez.

To make matters worse for the Orange County team, Shohei Ohtani was hit on his right ring finger and Andrelton Simmons rolled his right ankle.

The Angels will try to avoid a sweep – and more injuries – on Wednesday when they host the Twins at 6:07 p.m.

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