Rangers handle TwinsJun 11, 2011 - 4:56 AM
Texas dropped all six of its games in the 2010 inaugural season of Target Field, then lost the opener of this four-game series on Thursday.
C.J. Wilson (7-3) tossed a quality outing to turn things around, allowing three runs on eight hits over seven frames.
"[Wilson is] a real horse. He goes out there and you can look for him to be in the game in the seventh and eighth inning, and that's what you want out of a number one guy," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Adrian Beltre added two hits and as many RBI for the Rangers, who scored seven runs off Brian Duensing (3-6) in the second inning to take control.
Drew Butera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
"It's never fun to lose. It's fun to get hits, but I'd rather for 0-for and win," Butera said.
Duensing's night was over after a rain-soaked second frame, though only three of the runs he allowed were earned.
Jason Repko's error in center allowed the game's first run to score, and Yorvit Torrealba followed with an RBI base hit.
Andres Blanco reached first on Alexi Casilla's fielding error, and Elvis Andrus and Craig Gentry strung together consecutive run-scoring singles for a 4-0 game.
Young slapped a two-run single to right later in the frame, and Beltre capped the surge with an RBI double off the right-field wall.
The teams essentially traded runs the rest of the way. Matt Tolbert got the Twins on the board in the second with a run-scoring base hit, and Beltre plated Gentry in the fourth on a single to center.
Michael Cuddyer and Butera each knocked in a run in the fifth and sixth, respectively, around Young's third RBI.
Duensing allowed seven hits and a walk in his outing...Twins relievers threw seven innings -- six by Anthony Swarzak -- and have combined to allow just three earned runs since June 1...Gentry scored three times.
- TEXAS: 9
Jun 10 11:18 PM
- Drew Butera singled to right scored Luke Hughes. On the play, Danny Valencia advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Ben Revere due up.
Rangers 9, Twins 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsJun 10 10:27 PM
- Michael Young singled to center scored Craig Gentry. Runner on first with one out and Adrian Beltre due up.
Rangers 9, Twins 2 Top 6, 1 OutJun 10 10:10 PM
- Delmon Young grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second. On the play, Michael Cuddyer out at second to end the inning.
Rangers 8, Twins 2 End 5Jun 10 10:01 PM
- Nelson Cruz flied out to right. Runners on first and second and with two outs and Mike Napoli due up.
Rangers 8, Twins 1 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 10 9:33 PM
- Matt Tolbert singled to center scored Jason Repko. Runner on first with one out and Drew Butera due up.
Rangers 7, Twins 1 Bot 2, 1 OutJun 10 8:57 PM
- Adrian Beltre advances to third on a Brian Duensing wild pitch. Runner on third with two outs and Nelson Cruz at the plate.
Rangers 7, Twins 0 Top 2, 2 OutsJun 10 8:51 PM
- Michael Young singled to right scored Elvis Andrus and Craig Gentry. Runner on first with two outs and Adrian Beltre due up.
Rangers 6, Twins 0 Top 2, 2 OutsJun 10 8:48 PM
- Craig Gentry singled to center scored Andres Blanco. On the play, Elvis Andrus advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Josh Hamilton due up.
Rangers 4, Twins 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 10 8:44 PM
- Elvis Andrus singled to center scored Yorvit Torrealba. On the play, Andres Blanco advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Craig Gentry due up.
Rangers 3, Twins 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 10 8:41 PM
- Yorvit Torrealba singled to left scored Mike Napoli. Runner on first with one out and Andres Blanco due up.
Rangers 2, Twins 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 10 8:36 PM
- Mike Napoli singled to center. On the play, Napoli advances to second and Jason Repko's fielding error scored Adrian Beltre. Runner on second with one out and Yorvit Torrealba due up.
Rangers 1, Twins 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 10 8:35 PM
- TEXAS: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Jun 10 8:12 PM
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