MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
is making this look easy. Even a blistering comebacker off
's powerful bat couldn't keep him from finishing off another fine start.
Perkins walked gingerly around the mound after the scary moment in the seventh, but passed the warmup test, pitched through
the pain, and completed eight innings to guide the
to a 3-1 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the sputtering
Los Angeles Angels
''Trying to get them to hit my pitches, and they weren't able to do it,'' Perkins said. ''That's what I try to do every time:
Be efficient and get deep into a game, and right now it's working out.''
Perkins (1-1) scattered four hits and walked one while striking out four, needing only 84 pitches. His performance was persuasive
enough for manager
and pitching coach
to leave him in the game after Abreu's drive bounced off the side of his left leg - just above the knee.
picked the ball up and threw to first for the out, and after realizing he was all right Perkins struck out
on a grounder. Perkins set down 13 straight before
bunted for a hit with two outs in the eighth. He left to a standing ovation after retiring
on a harmless roller.
''I didn't think he had much of a chance to stay in when you get hit right above the knee like that,'' Gardenhire said. ''Pretty
tough. Tough kid.''
Anderson asked Perkins in the dugout during the seventh-inning stretch whether the spot where the ball hit had gone numb.
Perkins thought his coach said he was done for the afternoon. No, he had one inning left, before turning it over to
for the ninth.
Nathan notched his third save without a hit, sealing the loss for Los Angeles and starter
(0-1). The Angels right-hander gave up 10 hits and three runs in seven innings.
''We pay a lot of money to Joe to get saves, so it's only fair that he gets out there and gets his,'' Perkins said.
The Twins skimped on the run support again, but it was enough for Perkins' first win. The left-hander and lifelong Minnesotan,
who still keeps a year-round home in the Minneapolis suburb of Lakeville, has pitched 24 innings in three starts and allowed
only four runs, 16 hits and four walks.
He became the first Twins starter to finish eight innings in three straight starts since
in June 2005. The only run against Perkins came in the second inning, when Morales hit a bouncer that second baseman
stopped with a dive. Abreu came home on the grounder.
Casilla went 0-for-4 and is batting .196, but was flawless in the field and also threw from his knees to retire Morales on
a grounder to end the seventh.
From the third inning on this year, Perkins has been nothing short of dominant: 18 frames, seven hits, one run.
Loux's start was a lift for the Angels, who used 11 pitchers in the first two games. But their bats were quiet for a second
straight game. On their way to a lopsided victory on Friday, they let the Twins score seven times in the eighth in an 11-9
loss and now head home after a 1-5 road trip.
''We're scuffling. We're a better team than what we're showing,'' Hunter said. ''We've got a day off tomorrow, and we'll just
try and rest up mentally and physically and come back a new ballclub Tuesday - way better club.''
wasn't ready to shake up the lineup yet.
''If we have to move around some guys to jump-start it, it's obviously something we would consider,'' Scioscia said. ''But
I don't really think the batting order had anything to do with us getting four hits. We need some guys to start swinging the
bats. Then we can start evaluating some things.''
Hunter acknowledged the emotional effect pitcher
's death last week has had on the team.
''We're still human, no matter what,'' Hunter said. ''You try to be professional, but it's hidden inside. We're still kind
of down in the clubhouse. No music is playing. Guys are kind of quiet and moseying around. You try to bring some life to the
clubhouse, but it is what it is.''
Notes: LHP Daniel Davidson made his major league debut for the Angels with a scoreless eighth. ...
picked up his first career RBI for the Twins with a two-out single in the second. He also doubled to start the fifth and scored
on an infield single by
, who went 3-for-3 without getting a ball beyond the diamond. Gomez also hustled to break up a possible double play in the
seventh to let Harris score on
's fielder's choice to shortstop.