Cron pays back Halos as Twins roll

C.J. CRON was a strong player for the Angels (as pictured above). He did even stronger for the Twins Thursday night (Flickr/Mark6mauno).

Former Angel C.J. Cron got some good payback toward his former team Thursday night. In a makeup of a game postponed from Wednesday, he went 5-for-6 with three runs scored, one RBI, a double and a home run as the Minnesota Twins crushed the Halos 16-7 in Anaheim.

It was only a five-run ninth inning – keyed by Tommy La Stella’s grand slam home run – that made the score that “respectable.” The outcome was a sweep of the three-game series by the Twins, and a fourth straight loss for the Orange County team.

That puts the team’s record at 22-27, which settles the Angels into fourth place in the American League West. They are one-half game out of last place in the ALW.

Starter Matt Harvey (2-4) lasted just 2.2 innings. He was tagged for seven hits and eight runs – all earned – and four home runs. He walked one batter and struck out another.

The Twins didn’t just sit on that lead, they extended their 6-0 lead to 8-0 and again with eight runs – including five in the seventh inning – to take a 16-2 lead into the final half-inning.

La Stella had a single to go with his homer, and David Fletcher also homered for the Angels.

Hoping to put the sweep behind the, they will start a series on Friday against the Texas Rangers (24-23) that will go through Monday. Griffin Canning (2-1) will make the start for the Angels, while Drew Smyly (0-3) will get the bid for the Rangers.

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