Halos rely on Vargas in Minnesota

Lefty Jason Vargas makes his third attempt at a first victory with his new team - the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - when it visits Target Field for the second of three games with the Minnesota Twins.

Vargas won 10 and 14 games with the Seattle Mariners in the last two seasons before coming to the Angels in a December 2012 trade for Kendrys Morales.

He allowed a single run on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings while getting a no- decision in the Angels' 3-2 loss at Texas on April 5, then was beaten, 8-1, six days later after giving up 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Vargas is 2-2 in eight career meetings with the Twins with a 4.64 earned run average. He has split a pair of decisions in three career starts at Target Field.

For Minnesota, 6-foot-7 righty Mike Pelfrey also makes his third start for a new team.

Pelfrey picked up seven of his 51 career big-league wins in 2011 for the New York Mets, then made only three outings and had no decisions during an injury- plagued 2012 in New York.

He signed a one-year, $4 million free-agent deal with Minnesota on Dec. 20.

In two outings for the Twins, he's 1-1 with a 7.36 earned run average in 7 1/3 innings of work, defeating the Detroit Tigers and losing at Kansas City.

He's 2-0 in his career against the Angels with a 4.20 ERA.

On Monday, Joe Mauer finished 4-for-5 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Twins to an 8-2 victory.

Trevor Plouffe tallied two hits, including a solo homer, and Pedro Florimon added a pair of RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who snapped a five-game skid.

"It was a good night," Mauer said. "The ball was carrying better. The balls I hit carried pretty good. I've been disappointed a few times this season, but tonight it was flying a little bit better."

Kevin Correia (1-1) limited the Angels to eight hits and two runs over seven frames to earn the victory. The right-hander struck out five and walked one.

Peter Bourjos and Brendan Harris each stroked solo shots to account for Los Angeles' offense, while starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was touched for four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 frames for the Halos, who had won two straight.

"It's early," Blanton said of his team's struggles. "You can only say that for so long, but three starts in, I think you look at history and guys will turn around and start going into seven innings and hopefully be able to stay here."

The Angels have won five of their last six against the Twins.