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Twins rally for another win

Cuddyer's 3 RBIs help Twins make 11th comeback

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Cuddyer strode to the plate in the sixth inning on Friday night with just one hit in his last 16 at-bats.

When he got that hit, a single against Kansas City on Thursday, Cuddyer jokingly asked for the ball. Now he might be looking for two more.

Cuddyer had two doubles and three RBIs, and Carlos Silva survived a rough first three innings to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels 7-4.

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After falling behind 4-1 early, the Twins rallied for their fourth straight win. Lew Ford singled home the tying run in the sixth before Cuddyer's RBI-double gave the Twins a 5-4 lead. Cuddyer's two-run double in the eighth completed the scoring.

"If you don't have a sense of humor in this game, it's going to eat you up," Cuddyer said. "It was like 100 pounds of weight had been lifted off my shoulders."

Ford had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota, which came from behind to win for the 11th time in its 14 victories this season.

"That game didn't look like our ballgame, it really didn't," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But we kept hanging around."

Chone Figgins was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Angels, who took two of three from the Yankees in New York this week.

Silva (2-0) gave up four runs and 11 hits in seven innings, but was able to get out of a couple of jams to win his sixth straight decision. Silva has not lost since Aug. 13, 2004, at Cleveland, a span of 12 starts.

"I don't think I've ever seen anything like that, but that's baseball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the game.

Silva didn't have his best stuff on Friday. His sinker wasn't sinking and his breaking ball wasn't breaking, and the Angels were hitting him hard.

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Los Angeles scored runs in each of the first three innings before the Twins started to chip away.

Darin Erstad singled to start the game, then scored on a double by Figgins. He tried to stretch it into a triple, but was thrown out on a nice relay from right fielder Jacque Jones to second baseman Nick Punto to third.

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