American League Game Summary - Texas at Minnesota|
(Monday, May 26th)
Final Score: Texas 7, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Tepesch spun 6 2/3 solid innings
to help guide the Texas Rangers to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in
the opener of a four-game series at Target Field on Monday.
Tepesch (2-0) allowed just two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to win
consecutive decisions for the first time in his young career.
Elvis Andrus collected three hits to go along with a pair of RBI and Chris
Gimenez drove in two runs for the Rangers, winners of three straight and six
of their last eight.
"We got to keep it up. I just want us to continue to stay consistent and
continue to get better," said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Kevin Correia (2-6), who was 3-0 against the Rangers entering the game,
yielded four runs on seven hits over seven frames to absorb the loss.
"It was a situation where one pitch here and there, and we're up and their
down," said Correia.
Trevor Plouffe blasted a solo home run for the Twins, who have lost four
With the game tied 2-2 in the fifth, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo clubbed
back-to-back two-out singles to keep the frame alive. Andrus doubled to center
to break the tie and put the Rangers up two.
In the eighth, Andrus smacked a leadoff single before Alex Rios was
intentionally walked with two outs. Gimenez made the Twins pay by ripping a
two-run double to left to give Texas a 6-2 advantage. Leonys Martin added a
run with a base hit to right.
Early on, Plouffe crushed a two-out homer to center field on a full-count
slider to start the scoring in the first.
Rios singled to center and stole second to put himself in scoring position
with one out in the second. Gimenez hit a sharp grounder that went off
Correia's foot. The Minnesota starter then hurried his throw to first, which
was wild, allowing Rios to tie the game. Michael Choice's double off the
right-field wall made it 2-1 Rangers.
Eduardo Escobar came through with a two-out blooper to left to even the score
at 2-2 in the second. Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch and Kurt Suzuki's
base hit put runners on the corners.
Minnesota added outfielders Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia to the active roster
following Sunday's 8-1 loss in San Francisco ... Texas manager Ron Washington
tied Bobby Valentine's Rangers' record for most games managed with
Washington/Texas at 1186 career games ... Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks
announced before the game that he will no longer be a switch-hitter, and will
focus on batting right-handed full time ... Texas is now over .500 for the
first time since May 12.
05/26 19:02:51 ET