Urshela and Mahle power Twins to 4-0 win over Angels
Gio Urshela hit his 11th home run of the season among his three hits, Tyler Mahle threw three hits in six innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Friday night.
Gilberto Celestino also went deep for the Twins, who had lost six of their last seven road games.
“When you look up Gio is having a great night, Celestino is productive, that’s what made the night offensive for us. We’re going to continue to need that from these guys,” said manager Rocco Baldelli “Different parts of the command are going to have to contribute, but seeing these guys soar, we’re going to expect that.”
It was Minnesota’s 10th shutout victory, and its first since the last drink of a double in Cleveland on June 28. The Twins remained 1 1/2 games behind the Guardians in AL Central following Cleveland’s 8-0 win at Toronto.
Mahle (6-7), acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, earned his first victory in the second start for his new team. The right-hander struck out six and walked two. It was the second career start and first Big A win for Mahle, who grew up in nearby Newport Beach.
With the Twins taking on the Dodgers earlier in the week, Mahle got the rare chance to spend a week at home during the season.
“It’s been a really good week,” he said. “Every game is important right now. I’m just trying to get out there and do my job. The team is right behind me, scoring runs and then the bullpen shuts them down the next three innings or whatever. .
The Angels returned home after a 5-2 road trip, including a three-game sweep over Oakland, but were shut out for the 11th time this season. David Fletcher had a pair of hits and Patrick Sandoval suffered his sixth loss in his last seven starts.
“The cutter gave us a few fits. The good sticks we took, we drove the other way,” interim manager Phil Nevin said. “Patrick was way behind the count, the pitch count went up but he made five. It was 2-0 and we still had a chance to win if we could do something offensively, which we didn’t.
Urshela scored twice and had his ninth three-hitter game of the season. He kept the second inning alive with a two-out hit before Celestino laid down a slider by Patrick Sandoval into the Twins’ bullpen in left field for his first home run since June 30, 2021.
“In the league they know I hit the opposite side well so I had to make adjustments. They throw me inside and tight so I have to make that adjustment as well and I just pulled the ball,” Celestino said through an interpreter.
Urshela extended Minnesota’s lead to 3-0 in the sixth with a solo left shot from Mike Mayers.
Luis Arraez added an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Sandoval (3-8) started the season 3-1 but hasn’t had a win since May 22. He allowed two runs on five hits in five innings with four strikeouts.
The Angels had runners at second and third with two out in fifth when Taylor Ward made a long drive to right field, but Minnesota’s Max Kepler caught him on the warning track to end the rally.
Angels left fielder Jo Adell struggled in the outfield, but he stopped a Twins run in the third inning when he hit a perfect pitch home run to get Sandy Leon out after the hit of José Miranda.
“It was nice to see that he came and got it,” Nevin said. “With two outs, you can go ahead and let it go all the way home. He made a nice throw to get out.
Angels: CF Mike Trout will hit the field for the first time on Saturday after hitting a tee and soft pitch into the batting cage for most of the week. The three-time AL MVP said he was set to return soon, but didn’t offer a specific timeline.
Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-5, 5.01 ERA) pitched for the Angels the past two seasons before signing with Minnesota in the offseason.
Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (4-3, 3.44 ERA) went 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts since his brief stint with the minors.
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