MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
received a standing ovation after grounding out. After getting eight hits in two days, he had earned it.
Kubel's second consecutive four-hit game helped the
Los Angeles Angels
9-2 on Saturday night, but his biggest ovation came when he harmlessly rolled out in the eighth and trotted back to the dugout.
''That was pretty cool,'' Kubel said. ''I've never gotten one after rolling over and getting out.''
On Friday night, Kubel hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth against the Angels to complete the cycle in Minnesota's 11-9
Kubel's two-run double off Kevin Jepson (0-2) was the big hit in Minnesota's five-run fifth.
had three hits and scored twice and
drove in a season-high three runs for the Twins.
(2-0) worked deep in counts for much of his seven innings; his lone blemish was
's two-run homer in the second.
Jepson allowed five runs - four earned - in just two-thirds of an inning as the Angels' bullpen came apart again. The bullpen's
8.19 ERA going into Saturday's game was the AL's second worst.
''Kevin just really couldn't get the ball into good zones early,'' manager
said. ''His adjustments were a little slow out there.''
made his first start since he was a member of the
in 2004. The Angels needed a fifth starter for the first time since pitcher
was killed by a drunken driver on April 9.
Scioscia said before the game Oliver would only throw between 40 and 50 pitches, but he was stretched out to 61 and left the
game with a 2-1 lead after stranding a pair of baserunners to end the fourth.
Oliver's performance mirrored that of Los Angeles' other starters, who entered Saturday's contest with an American League
best 2.78 ERA.
''D.O., he was good,'' Scioscia said. ''I think it magnifies the fact of not having him in the bullpen. There's still a void
there. So we're trying to patch a bunch of holes here and try to get the best we can until we get settled.''
But after putting up seven runs in the eighth Friday to come back from a five-run deficit, the Twins' first five batters reached
base against Jepson in the fifth with Kubel's double putting Minnesota ahead 4-2.
Kubel was hitting just .226 entering Friday, but is now up to .366.
''Right now we're just trying to get everybody on base before Kubel gets up there and see what happens,'' Harris said.
later scored on a wild pitch and Kubel came home on a passed ball after
Minnesota added three more in the sixth on
' error and Young's two-run single off
It was more than enough support for Slowey, who threw a career-high 112 pitches but allowed only two runs on six hits with
a walk and a strikeout.
''I feel like my misses were a little less hittable than they were my first two starts,'' Slowey said. ''I still have plenty
to work on, but I felt overall I was a little more comfortable and composed out there.''
Slowey struggled in his first two starts, giving up 10 runs on 22 hits. He was more effective Saturday while staying out of
the strike zone more than usual - only 76 of his pitches were strikes.
''It's not by design but it is by design because some guys throw too many strikes,'' manager
said. ''He needs to move people off the plate and he has to learn to miss a little more than he does because he throws so
many strikes. Too many balls over the plate in this league can get you hurt.''
finished with two hits, a run scored and a stolen base for Los Angeles. Hunter's home run was his fourth of the season.
Notes: Twins OF
snapped an 0-for-11 slump with a single in the third inning. ... Kubel was in the lineup for the first time this season against
a left-handed starting pitcher a night after becoming the third player in the last 100 years to finish a cycle with a grand
slam, according to Elias Sports Bureau. His four hits for the second straight game marked the first time a Twins plater had
back-to-back four-hit performances since
on June 26 and 27, 2006, against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
. ... Scioscia said he hopes starters
(elbow), both on the DL since the start of the season, will begin rehab assignments next week. ... Jepson's ERA ballooned
to 19.29 in five appearances this season.