American League Game Summary - Texas at Minnesota|
(Saturday, April 14th)
Final Score: Texas 6, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a walk and
two RBI, as the visiting Texas Rangers posted a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota
Twins in the middle test of a three-game series.
Yu Darvish made his first major league road start and the most impressive part
about the outing was his ability to limit the damage. Texas' prized
acquisition gave up nine hits, issued four walks and hit another batter yet
allowed only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings.
Josh Hamilton clubbed a solo homer, doubled twice and scored three runs for
the Rangers. Nelson Cruz and Brandon Snyder also had three hits and scored a
"Any win is huge," Snyder said. "One of the big things in this clubhouse is
that nothing is taken for granted."
Denard Span collected three hits and knocked in a run for Minnesota, which
finished 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base.
Nick Blackburn started for the Twins and surrendered two runs on seven hits
before leaving in the sixth inning with a right posterior shoulder strain.
The Rangers got a second-inning sacrifice fly from Mike Napoli, but a fielding
error by Texas third baseman Michael Young in the bottom of the frame enabled
Danny Valencia to score the tying run.
Hamilton homered with one out in the third inning to put the visitors back on
The Twins produced only one run in the middle innings despite having a lot of
traffic on the base paths.
They had a runner thrown out on a play at the plate to end the fourth, and
Darvish escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Ryan Doumit.
Minnesota managed to pull even on Span's two-out, run-scoring double in the
sixth, and then loaded the bases again. Robbie Ross (1-0), though, bailed out
the Japanese right-hander by retiring Justin Morneau on a pop up in foul
"Try to see as many pitches as I could," Span said when asked about
The Rangers broke the tie in the seventh. Jeff Gray replaced Brian Duensing
(0-1) with runners on the corners and two outs and promptly gave up
consecutive RBI singles to Beltre and Young.
Beltre added an RBI double in the ninth and later scored his 1,000th run on a
throwing error by Minnesota shortstop Trevor Plouffe.
Erstwhile Minnesota closer Joe Nathan recorded the final three outs for the
Rangers. Nathan pitched for the Twins from 2004-11 and is the club's all-time
saves leader (260)...Ross picked up his first major league win in his second
career game...Twins left fielder Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 and walked
twice. He has hit safely in all eight games this season...Minnesota claimed
outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.
04/14 18:31:29 ET