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Garver homers, gets hurt in Twins' 4-3 win over Angels

Kyle Gibson throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning. Photo: AP Photo/Jim Mone
Kyle Gibson throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning.

May 14, 2019 10:05 PM

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer and tagged out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the eighth inning before leaving with an injury, helping the Minnesota Twins hold off the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Tuesday night.
    
Garver homered in the third to give Minnesota a three-run lead behind Kyle Gibson (4-1). It was Garver's ninth homer and traveled to the second deck in left field. Byron Buxton added an RBI double the next inning, and five relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, with Blake Parker getting his seventh save in seven chances.
    
Ohtani had three hits, including an RBI single as part of a three-run sixth, but he was thrown out at third base in the sixth and at home in the eighth after Brian Goodwin's single to center.
    
Garver, a breakout performer this season with a .329 average, took in Buxton's throw and applied the tag on Ohtani, then had to be helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg. He was replaced the next inning by Jason Castro.
    
The Twins lead the majors with 16 home runs and 38 RBIs from the catching position, also getting strong contributions from Castro and Willians Astudillo.
    
Cam Bedrosian (1-2) took the loss for Los Angeles, serving as the opener for primary pitcher Felix Peña. Bedrosian gave up one run and two hits in one inning.

Gibson cruised through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

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