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Blanton struggles again in Angels' loss

Posted: July 22, 2013 10:56 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2013 10:56 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton bites his jersey while walking off the field against the Minnesota Twins on Monday in Anaheim. Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton bites his jersey while walking off the field against the Minnesota Twins on Monday in Anaheim.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton bites his jersey while walking off the field against the Minnesota Twins on Monday in Anaheim.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Clete Thomas homered and hit an RBI double, then robbed pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta of a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Monday night and hand Joe Blanton his major league-worst 13th defeat.

Samuel Deduno (6-4) allowed two runs, four hits and five walks over seven innings while striking out five on the anniversary of his first big league victory. The 30-year-old right-hander faced a lineup missing cleanup hitter Josh Hamilton because of stiffness in his right ankle.

Casey Fien gave up two hits in the eighth and was replaced by All-Star closer Glen Perkins. Pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill greeted the left-hander with an RBI single, and Iannetta drove the next pitch on a high arc toward the left-field fence, where Thomas made a leaping grab.

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