Ervin Santana pitched eight innings of four-hit ball against his former team, and the Minnesota Twins snapped both their four-game skid and the Angels' seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday.
Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning for the Twins, who wrapped their six-game California road trip with bookend wins.
Santana (2-0) was outstanding in his fourth start for Minnesota after throwing 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Oakland last week. He spent his first eight major league seasons with the Angels, winning 96 games from 2005-12.
Garrett Richards (10-7) yielded four hits over eight innings in his second loss in three starts. The Angels had won 13 of 15 and 17 of 20 while climbing atop the AL West.