Teixeira already has been playing great baseball and again sparked the Angels with a solo home run late in the game off Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey. The homer on a 2-2 curveball gave the Angels life in the sixth inning after falling behind, 3-0."That wasn't that bad of a pitch either," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But he just stayed on it, and I think it's indicative of Tex's power and the type of hitter he is." The Angels added another run in the seventh before Teixeira was back to his heroics in the eighth, when he opened the inning with a double. He then scored the tying run on a rare triple by Guerrero that bounced off the center-field wall. "I've been running a lot lately," Teixeira said with a laugh. "Whenever Vladdy is up and I'm on, I'm in scoring position because I have a chance to score. He's gonna hit it in the gap or for a home run. I love hitting in front of him." The Twins were powered by Justin Morneau, who hit a solo homer and drove in all three runs against Angels right-hander Ervin Santana. But Santana pitched well despite his problems against Morneau, as he threw seven strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out 10 to tie a season high. Francisco Rodriguez earned his Major League-leading 50th save by pitching a scoreless ninth. The right-hander is on pace for 63 saves, which would break the all-time saves record of 57 set by Bobby Thigpen of the White Sox in 1990. Rodriguez admitted after the game that he is eyeing the record but knows it's not all in his hands. "It's something I can't control," Rodriguez said. "I don't want to sound selfish, but I would love to get that record. This is the best opportunity for me. I'd love to go for it."
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less