American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Texas|
(Sunday, September 1st)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Texas 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Alex Presley collected three hits, an RBI and
a run scored in his Minnesota debut, during a 4-2 win over Texas in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Josmil Pinto and Doug Bernier added run-scoring doubles for the Twins, who
took two of three against the AL West leaders after dropping five in a row.
"Presley was as advertised," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He led us to
a win. Same way with Pinto. He did a super job behind the plate and had a
couple big hits, too."
Kevin Correia (9-10) scattered five hits and one run over seven effective
innings. Glen Perkins tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his 32nd save.
Mitch Moreland and A.J. Pierzynski homered for the Rangers, who had won three
in a row coming into the set.
"We're not looking for help from anybody. We played these three games against
the Minnesota Twins with the intention on winning," Rangers manager Ron
Travis Blackley (2-2) was touched for eight hits and three runs over 4 1/3
Minnesota moved ahead to stay in the fifth. Clete Thomas reached on a
fielder's choice and moved to second on Jurickson Profar's throwing error,
before scoring on Pinto's double which tied the game, 1-1. Bernier followed
with a ground-rule double to plate Pinto, then Presley -- acquired on Saturday
from Pittsburgh for Justin Morneau -- capped the burst and chased Blackley
with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
Presley began the eighth with a single, was sacrificed to second and came home
on Josh Willingham's base hit.
Pierzynski's pinch-hit solo blast in the eighth pulled Texas within two, but
Perkins slammed the door shut with a perfect ninth.
Moreland kicked off the home third by taking Correia deep to left.
The Twins failed to equalize in the fourth despite having a runner on third
with one out.
Correia snapped a three-start losing skid, winning for the first time since
August 11 at Chicago ... Minnesota won four of seven from Texas in the season
series ... Prior to the game, the Rangers reinstated designated hitter Lance
Berkman and pitcher Nick Tepesch from the 15-day disabled list, reinstated
pitchers Neftali Feliz and Michael Kirkman from the 60-day disabled list,
purchased the contract of utilityman Jim Adduci from Triple-A Round Rock,
recalled pitcher Cory Burns and catcher Robinson Chirinos from Round Rock,
released pitcher Justin Miller and designated outfielder Joe Benson for
09/02 00:27:40 ET