MINNEAPOLIS -AP- Parker Bridwell pitched six scoreless innings, Kole Calhoun hit his 12th home run of the season and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a road sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Bridwell (3-1) was strong throughout, out-dueling Twins All-Star Ervin Santana while scattering four hits and stranding seven on base.
Cameron Maybin completed a double steal in the sixth, stealing home as Calhoun took second and giving the Angels a two-run cushion that helped end their three-game losing streak.
Bridwell shines as Angels beat Twins 2-1
Santana (10-6) went nine innings and allowed two runs and seven hits. But Brian Dozier's RBI single in the seventh was all the Twins could muster against Los Angeles.
Angels closer Bud Norris earned his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Bridwell bounced back after suffering his first loss of the season on Friday, allowing five runs and 11 hits in a 10-0 rout against Seattle.
Calhoun's homer in the first inning gave the Angels an early edge they would never relinquish. He finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Albert Pujols collected his 2,900th career hit in the first inning, becoming the 40th player in major league history to reach that mark. He ended the night 2 for 4.
Minnesota cut the lead to 2-1 in the seventh. Byron Buxton reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Dozier's single to right. But after a single by Miguel SanoMax Kepler grounded back to reliever David Hernandez to end the threat.
The Twins put runners on base in six consecutive innings and stranded nine on the night, including four in scoring position.
Buxton finished 2 for 4, while Eddie Rosario went 2 for 4 for the Twins.
Santana lost consecutive starts for the first time this season.

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