ANAHEIM -- It was simply another case of the Twins failing to get another clutch hit on Monday against the Angels.
After being shut down by left-hander C.J. Wilson for seven innings, the Twins rallied for three runs in the eighth inning but fell just short in a 4-3 loss at Angel Stadium.
It marked the sixth loss by one run for the Twins (6-16), who are hitting just .246 with runners in scoring position this season.
"We were into the ballgame all the way to the end after C.J. shut us down for the first seven," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We made havoc there at the end, but unfortunately we couldn't come up with one more to tie the ballgame up or take the lead."
It was a tough loss for the Twins, who also saw Justin Morneau leave the game in the seventh inning with a sore left wrist. Morneau, who went 0-for-2, is set to fly back to Minnesota on Tuesday to get his wrist examined by Dr. Thomas Varecka.
"I'm not going to play worst-case scenario yet," said Morneau, who had his wrist surgically repaired last September. "I'm going to try to stay positive and hopefully it's just a normal part of the process and will just be a couple days and maybe needs a cortisone shot or maybe some rest. Hopefully it's just scar tissue breaking up. So I'll stay optimistic now until I hear different."
Minnesota didn't get on the board until the eighth inning, when Alexi Casilla doubled home Chris Parmelee, who was hit by a pitch.
Denard Span added an RBI single to score Casilla before Jamey Carroll grounded into a fielder's choice that ended Wilson's night. Former Twins reliever LaTroy Hawkins allowed a single to Josh Willingham before giving up a two-out RBI single to Danny Valencia.
But Angels closer Scott Downs was able to end the rally by getting Ryan Doumit to ground out to strand two runners on base and then pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the four-out save.
"We had opportunities," Gardenhire said. "But we couldn't come up with one more big hit to finish off the comeback, so it was a disappointing night for us."
Right-hander Nick Blackburn was hurt by former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter, as he laced an RBI single in the first inning before adding a two-run homer in the fourth.
It was the only damage done against the sinkerballer, however, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. It marked just the fifth quality start turned in by a Twins pitcher in 22 games and the second in a row after Jason Marquis delivered one against the Royals on Sunday.
"One mistake really hurt me in that game," Blackburn said. "It was a curveball to Torii and I shouldn't have thrown it. I've seen that guy plenty of times, and I know should know better than that. It turned out to be a big mistake."
It was the third homer in four games for Hunter, who also has an 11-game hitting streak against his former team.
"That's what you try to do, just try to lead by example," said Hunter, who has been one of the lone bright spots for the struggling Angels. "I'm having good examples, and I'm just hoping guys would catch it. It's a disease, so let's catch it. It's a good disease."
The Angels added an insurance run in the seventh on a solo shot from Chris Iannetta off reliever Alex Burnett. It turned out to be a key hit for the Angels, as the Twins quickly rallied against Wilson but fell short to get pegged with their seventh loss over their last eight games.
"I got in trouble in the eighth inning because I got a little bit too amped up," Wilson said. "Just tried to do too much, and it kind of bit me right there."