Angels 9, Twins 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Tim Salmon, Chili Davis and Gary DiSarcina drove in two runs apiece as the California Angels beat Minnesota 9-1 Monday night, plunging the Twins 20 games off the pace in the AL Central.
Chuck Finley, the only player remaining from the Angels’ last division championship team in 1986, recorded his 103rd career victory and passed Frank Tanana as the winningest left-hander in club history. Finley (4-5) pitched his first two seasons in relief before he was converted into a full-time starter in 1988.
Salmon hit a two-run homer, a double and scored three times to help build a 9-0 cushion through four innings. Finley breezed to his fourth triumph in five starts, allowing five hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out six and surrendered his only run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
The Angels jumped on Ed Guardado (0-6) for two runs in the first on a two-run single by Davis. DiSarcina capped a five-run third with a two-run triple that six-time Gold Glove winner Kirby Puckett had difficulty locating in the twilight in right field.
J.T. Snow had an RBI single in the third, Jim Edmonds followed with a sacrifice fly and Jorge Fabregas added an RBI single before DiSarcina greeted Dave Stevens with his fourth triple of the season. The Angels’ ninth-place hitter had only four triples in 1,437 career at-bats prior to this year.
Salmon increased the margin to 9-0 in the fourth with his 12th homer, off Stevens, following a single by Rex Hudler.
Guardado gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in 1 2-3 innings. In his five starts this season, the left-hander is 0-5 with a 9.74 ERA. Guardado doesn’t have a major league victory since Aug. 8, 1993 at Oakland and has lost 16 of his 19 career decisions.
Notes: Catcher Andy Allanson, who sustained a laceration on the back of his left hand when he was spiked in a rundown play by Randy Velarde on June 3 at Yankee Stadium, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 9. Chris Turner was recalled from Triple-A Vancouver by the Angels. ... The Twins signed two of their picks from the June 1 draft _ catcher David Orndorff (21st round) and right-hander Todd Bartels (31st round). ... Finley has allowed only two runs in the first three innings of his 10 starts for a 0.60 ERA. Finley has gone 38 2-3 innings without allowing a home run since Marty Cordova’s two-run shot on May 17th at the Metrodome. ... The Twins have dropped 18 of 22 games and have a 6.21 ERA over that span. Their 6.50 overall ERA is the worst in baseball.