ANAHEIM -- Miguel Sano and Jason Castro took Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco deep to lead the Twins to a 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday. The win clinched a series victory for Minnesota.
Nolasco (2-6, 5.05 ERA), whom the Twins shipped to the Angels in 2015 along with right-hander Alex Meyer in exchange for lefty Hector Santiago and Minor League right-hander Alan Busenitz, faced his former club for the first time since joining the Halos.
"The first at-bat he threw a few pitches that were high so I came back to look at it on video," Sano said of his go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth. "He left one hanging and I drove it. But the important thing is we're staying positive and we're staying together."
The 34-year-old Nolasco tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out seven batters. However, all three of Minnesota's runs scored on his 17th and 18th homers allowed this year, including Sano's go-ahead two-run rip in the sixth inning.
"I felt really good," Nolasco said. "It comes down to a couple mistakes there."
Opposite Nolasco, Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.76) continued a strong start to his second Major League season. He relinquished two runs on six hits and two walks, and struck out four through six innings, picking up his fourth win of the season.
"Give Berrios some credit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made some pitches there to get out of a bases-loaded situation, and [we] couldn't tack on."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Striking down the threat: Nolasco stranded Miguel Sano at third base in the top of the fourth inning when he struck out Eddie Rosario -- his fifth punchout of the day -- keeping the score tied at 1.
Tides turn in the fourth: The Angels led off the bottom half of the frame with a Luis Valbuena double, a single from C.J. Cron and a one-run single from Ben Revere to take a 2-1 lead. Berrios walked the bases loaded with no outs, but escaped the jam unscathed by striking out Eric Young and inducing Juan Graterol into a double play. More >
"The hits weren't hit too hard and were on good pitches so I was able to forget about them," Berrios said. "I was lucky enough to get out of it."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Revere was thrown out attempting to steal second base to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. The outfielder slid into the bag headfirst, but came off the bag, and Ehire Adrianza applied the tag before Revere could get his foot back on the base. He was ruled safe, however the ruling was overturned following review.
"It's a blessing and a curse sometimes in the game of baseball. ... It's a heartbreak, man," Revere said. "I feel like I let the team down today."
"It's been a little difficult to surmise exactly why we've had the flip from away to home. I don't overthink it. I think those things have the tendency to be affected by the momentum your club has. A lot of the games were winnable, but haven't found a way to finish like we have on the road." -- Twins manager Paul Molitor on his club, which improved to 17-6 on the road
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Sano entered Sunday's finale with a league-leading average exit velocity of 96.8 mph. His go-ahead two-run homer off Nolasco in the sixth inning was tracked leaving the bat at 105.3 mph.
SIMMONS AND ESCOBAR COLLIDE
Eduardo Escobar collided knee-to-knee with Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons when he swiped second base in the top of the ninth. Each player held his left knee while on the ground before being about to continue. Escobar remained on the basepaths, but was replaced at third base in the bottom of the frame.
"We'll evaluate him," Scioscia said of Simmons. "It's nothing serious right now."
Twins: After an off-day on Monday, the Twins head to Seattle for a three-game series against the Mariners that starts on Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. CT. Left-hander Hector Santiago (4-5, 4.76 ERA) starts for the Twins. He allowed six runs in six innings against the Astros in his last start.
Angels:The Halos will open a six-game road trip with a three-game series against Detroit. Los Angeles will start right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-6, 4.68 ERA) in Tuesday's opener, as they look to claim the season series after splitting a four-game set in May. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT.
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