Los Angeles was 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Los Angeles’ Jose Miguel Fernandez got his first career RBI with a fourth-inning double. Called up from Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday’s game, the 30-year-old first-baseman was 4-for-10 in the series.
With a couple of clutch hits and a strong night by the bullpen, the Angels taught a lesson in resiliency. The Twins are still searching for theirs.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run for the lead in the seventh inning and Justin Upton went deep in the eighth, powering the Angels past the Twins 4-2 on Friday after they placed rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani on the disabled list with an elbow injury .
Pujols’ solo home run in the sixth proved to be the difference, as Tyler Skaggs (5-4) allowed one run in seven innings and matched a season best with eight strikeouts.
The team announced Pujols is sending the ball he hit, his jersey and bat from Saturday’s game to the family of Musial, who died in 2013.
Minnesota’s lone run crossed the plate in the sixth after Max Kepler grounded into a double play, but Robbie Grossman got caught in a rundown before being tagged out, allowing Eddie Rosario to score.
He’s been pretty clean, but that one kind of had us a little anxious, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Before rookie James launched off his left foot and cocked the ball back in his right arm to throw down an instantly iconic dunk in Sacramento, he dug into some chicken fettuccine at the team hotel. It was his last lunch before a legendary run that would include multiple championships and MVP awards, and he was breaking bread with someone who had a couple rings and MVPs of his own: Moses Malone.