MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins didn't make it look easy, but they came away with their first victory of the season against the Angels on Wednesday at Target Field.
After blowing their first lead of the year, they rallied late to avoid opening the season with five straight losses for the first time in team history with a 6-5 win over the Angels.
It was an impressive win for the Twins, who managed to score five runs against ace Jered Weaver and hold on to win after key hits from Chris Parmelee and Jamey Carroll in the seventh inning.
"I know these guys really wanted to get past last year and when you start 0-4, it trickles back in as far as getting asked about it and hearing about it," Carroll said. "I know guys didn't want to have that start but that was the case. So it was good to come off the off-day and get a win, especially against a guy like Weaver pitching."
Down 5-3, Parmelee provided the big hit with a two-run triple off reliever Hisanori Takahashi after Weaver allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia to open the seventh inning.
Parmelee was able to lace an 0-2 changeup down the right-field line and reached third for his first career triple, as Torii Hunter face-planted into the wall in foul territory.
"I was just looking for something up," Parmelee said. "I was just trying to get the guy from second in. And I happened to bring in a couple more."
Carroll, who entered the game hitless in 13 at-bats, then had the go-ahead hit with an RBI single off reliever LaTroy Hawkins with two outs. It was Carroll's second hit of the game, and he joked that it came after his 4-year-old son pleaded with him to get his first hit before the game.
"I just figured to look for something away and try to put it in play," Carroll said. "I was fortunate enough to put it that way. That's me. That's how I usually hit so it was a good feeling to see it go through."
The rally came after the Twins let their first lead of the season slip away on a three-run, inside-the-park homer from Peter Bourjos off right-hander Carl Pavano in the fifth. Left fielder Josh Willingham jumped for the ball near the wall but fell down, allowing Bourjos to record his first career inside-the-parker.
"It was an adventurous night," Willingham said. "I was just trying to make a play and got there a little late and the ball jumped off. He can really run."
Willingham was the hero in the previous inning, hitting a two-run homer off Weaver to give Minnesota its first lead of the year. It was Willingham's third of the season, and also scored Joe Mauer, who had an RBI single earlier in the frame.
It ended up being an atypical start for Weaver, who allowed five runs for the first time since surrendering six against the Twins on Sept. 3.
"It was just a matter of time before they snapped out of it," said Weaver, who allowed five runs on seven hits over six-plus innings. "They have a great lineup over there, and I didn't get away with much. The boys did a good job of getting the lead back after I gave up that homer to Willingham, and we just couldn't hang on."
The Angels got on the board first with an RBI single from Albert Pujols in the fourth to score Howie Kendrick, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base.
They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double from Chris Iannetta that knocked Pavano from the game. Pavano ended up allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
"It looked like after we took the early lead that they'd come back and jump us right away," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That can knock your socks off, but credit to our guys out there. They didn't quit. They kept battling and we got a win today."
Twins left-hander Glen Perkins and closer Matt Capps each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the club's first win of the year. Capps allowed a one-out double to Hunter but was able to get Vernon Wells to ground out and Alberto Callaspo to pop out to end the game.
"It's a great team win," Pavano said. "I made it tough on us, though. I kept letting them back in the game. We battled and got some key hits with some good pitching down the stretch from the bullpen. So to come away with a win is great."