Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Nick Tepesch tossed 6 2/3 strong innings to
help the Texas Rangers take a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener
of a four-game set on Thursday.
Tepesch (2-1) gave up just one run on five hits while Nelson Cruz and Elvis
Andrus each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of seven.
Josh Willingham's home run accounted for the only offense for the Twins, who
have dropped their past two. Vance Worley (0-3) gave up two runs on six hits
over five innings to take the loss.
Texas went on top in the second inning as Adrian Beltre doubled to lead off,
moved to third on an A.J. Pierzynski groundout and easily scored on a Cruz
In the fifth, the Rangers made it a 2-0 game when Leonys Martin singled with
out and later scored on an Andrus double.
Tepesch cruised through the first four innings, retiring all 12 batters he
Justin Morneau got the Twins into the hit column with a leadoff single in the
fourth, but he was stranded at second and the team wasted another leadoff
base hit in the sixth, this time from Aaron Hicks.
Willingham smoked a pitch over the left field wall in the seventh to get the
Twins on the board, but the team stranded two men on base in the inning.
In the eighth, the Twins had an opportunity to tie the game or even go ahead
as they loaded the bases with one out, but Willingham grounded into a 6-4-3
double play to end the frame.
Joe Nathan worked around a two-out single in the ninth to pick up his seventh
save of the season.
Texas took eight of 10 from Minnesota last season ... Texas went 1-for-7 with
runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while Minnesota was 0-for-4
with RISP and left six ... Justin Grimm takes the mound for Texas on Friday
and will be opposed by Scott Diamond for Minnesota.