‘These games will haunt you’: Twins can’t put Halos away

ANAHEIM — This is what the Twins wanted. All of the ingredients were there. This was supposed to be their formula for success, missing for a while, encapsulated in a game.

Carlos Correa shrugged off his slow start to August and reached base five times for the first time in a Twins uniform. Back in center field after taking two days off to rehab his knee, Byron Buxton made a stunning, game-changing defensive play in the way that only he can. The Twins were able to hand their new-look bullpen — fortified at the Trade Deadline and proclaimed a huge strength — a lead in the eighth inning.

The Twins got their star power, and they followed their pitching roadmap to a T. The pieces still didn’t fall together.

They came one strike away from victory in the ninth before light-hitting Magneuris Sierra tied the game with a two-run triple off Jorge López. They wrested the momentum away twice with outstanding defensive plays — and gave it back by blanking on offense. In the end, a 5-3 loss in 11 innings to the Angels loomed large as a game they should have won — and they know it.

“Obviously, these games will haunt you,” Correa said.

“It’s hard,” Dylan Bundy said. “We’ve got to win games now. This is the time that they matter the most.”

“We were in a spot in that game exactly where we want to be,”…

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