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OC Register: Angels patchwork pitching staff can’t hold down Twins


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MINNEAPOLIS — If only the rain would have come a little sooner and lasted a lot longer, the Angels might have won on Sunday.

Instead, they gave up runs just before and after a 50-minute rain delay in a 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Angels had a 3-2 lead in the sixth — beyond the five innings required for an official game — as the drizzle began. The Twins scored a couple runs amid the rain drops, taking a 4-3 lead just before the tarp came out.

When game resumed, right-hander José Marte was torched for five runs, including a pair of two-run homers.

The Angels completed their six-game trip by losing two of three in both series against the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins.

Next up is a home series against the first-place Texas Rangers, followed by a three against the last-place Oakland A’s.

That will be all for 2023 Angels (70-86), who are limping to the finish with a pitching staff in tatters.

The Angels used an opener for the second time in three days, with the rotation shuffled because of Tyler Anderson’s knee injury.

This time right-hander Andrew Wantz got the start, and he gave up one run in two innings.

Right-hander Carson Fulmer then took over, pitching in a big league game for the first time in two years. He gave up a Jorge Polanco homer in the third, but then he worked two scoreless innings while the Angels gave him a 3-2 lead.

In the sixth, Fulmer allowed the tying run on Matt Wallner’s RBI triple and the go-ahead run on a Trevor Larnach groundout, just before the delay.

Offensively, the best news for the Angels was Zach Neto picking up a single and a double. Neto was hitting .122 in his first 10 games after being activated from the injured list.

His single in the third preceded Brandon Drury’s two-run double. Drury was 10 for 27 with three doubles and two homers on the trip.

More to come on this story.

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