Miguel Sano's homer in the eighth inning unlocked a tie game and fueled the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Angels in the opening of a three-game series in Anaheim Monday night.
Tied 1-1, Sano sent a pitch the opposite way 391 feet over the right-field wall to put the Twins up 3-1 for his second homer of the season.
"It's just a good swing," manager Rocco Baldelli said, via the Twins. "He stayed through the ball well and drove it out that way. He has that kind of power. He hits the ball on the barrel and gets it up in the air. He has the kind of strength where regardless of where you're playing, he can drive the ball out anywhere and it's just a big hit. It's just a game-changing type of at-bat for him and great for us."
It's his second homer in five games since being recalled to the big leagues after playing 10 games in the minors after missing all of spring training because of a cut on his heel.
The Twins are now 13-3 in games following a loss and 16-8 on the road, including seven wins in their last eight games away from Target Field.
Jake Odorizzi got his sixth win of the season on the mound despite lasting just five innings. Ryne Harper, Taylor Rogers and Blake Parker combined for four innings of relief and allowed just three hits and one run. Parker earned his eighth save of the season.
Game two of the series is Tuesday at 9:07 p.m. Michael Pineda starts for the Twins against Angels lefty Trevor Cahill, who has allowed an AL-worst 14 home runs this season.