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The Minnesota Twins outslug the Los Angeles Angels in 8-6 defeat

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The Minnesota Twins won the hit battle 11-8 on Tuesday, but couldn't push enough runs across to get the win, instead losing 8-6 to the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Brian Dozier reached base four times. He scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the second, fifth, and ninth innings.

Samuel Deduno pitched lights out for the Twins. The Angels managed just one hit off of the the Twins' pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during his four innings of work.

Even though C.J. Wilson allowed six runs over five innings he still recorded the victory. He struck out four, walked none and surrendered nine hits.

Kyle Gibson was the game's losing pitcher. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.

Angels closer Joe Smith put away the final three outs to record the save.

The bottom of the first saw the Angels take an early lead, 5-0. A single by Josh Hamilton, scoring Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, started the inning off. The Angels pushed more runs across when Pujols and Hamilton scored on a two-run single by Howie Kendrick and Aybar scored on a groundout by C.J. Cron.

The Twins scored five runs in the second, keyed by a solo blast off the bat of Josh Willingham.

The Angels went up for good in the second, scoring two runs on a two-run home run by Mike Trout.

After pushing across one run in the top of the fifth, the Twins faced just a 7-6 deficit. A sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales set off the Twins rally. The Twins threat came to an end when C.J. Wilson finally got Kurt Suzuki to fly out.

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