Minneapolis, MN – The Twins scored three runs in the seventh, capped by Jamey Carroll's go-ahead RBI single as Minnesota got its first win of the season with a 6-5 victory over the Angels at Target Field on Wednesday.
After the Angels tacked on a run in the top half of the seventh to make it 5-3, Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia stroked back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom half and chase Jered Weaver from the game.
Hisanori Takahashi (0-1) replaced Weaver and surrendered a two-run triple to Chris Parmelee, scoring Doumit and Valencia to tie the game, before Parmelee came around to score on Carroll's single to right.
Matt Capps worked around a one-out double from Torii Hunter in the top of the ninth to record his first save of the season.
Carl Pavano was touched for five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings as the starter, while reliever Jeff Gray (1-0) got the win by retiring Peter Bourjos to end the seventh. Josh Willingham belted a two-run home run and Parmelee added two hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who avoided the first 0-5 start in franchise history.
Albert Pujols and Chris Iannetta knocked in a run apiece, while Bourjos hit a three-run inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Weaver made the start for the Angels, allowing five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings on the mound.