Remember when the early talk was about how Joe Mauer was striking out at an alarming rate (for him)?

Remember when there was some concern about this experiment that had the Twins' franchise catcher hitting second?

Well, uh, strike that from the record.

Mauer is back to being Mauer.

And, suddenly, the Twins are back within a game of .500 after an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, April 16, at Target Field.

Three more hits (all singles) in Mauer's first three trips against Angels lefty Jason Vargas helped the Twins build a 7-4 lead through five innings.

That gave Mauer eight hits in nine trips, dating to the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to the New York Mets.

The only out in that stretch was a third-inning strikeout Monday against Angels righty Joe Blanton. Even when Mauer finally made another out, it was a sinking liner to left that required Mike Trout, the 2012 American League rookie of the year, to make a nice catch on the move.

Mauer made it two straight four-hit nights with another RBI single in the seventh.

So, to recap: Mauer left the ballpark Tuesday night riding a 9-for-11 surge with an opposite-field homer, a pair of doubles and six runs batted in.

His batting average jumped 40 points in one night and now sits at a robust .386.

"There's a reason he's making what he's making," Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (2-1) said. "I don't think I've even seen a better catcher. He's the complete package."