American League Game Summary - Texas at Minnesota|
(Friday, April 13th)
Final Score: Texas 4, Minnesota 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Matt Harrison pitched eight innings and Ian
Kinsler hit a solo home run as the Texas Rangers downed the Minnesota Twins,
4-1, in the opener of a three-game set.
Harrison (2-0) gave up just one run on seven hits with two walks and four
strikeouts for the Rangers, who have won five of their last six games. Elvis
Andrus went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
"The guys behind me were outstanding tonight," said Harrison. "It seems like
everytime they put a ball in play, the guys were just on it right away.
They're the reason we won tonight."
Danny Valencia drove in the lone run of the game for the Twins, who came into
the series having taken the final two games of a three-game set with the
Angels. Anthony Swarzak (0-2) gave up four runs on nine hits over seven
innings in the loss.
"They made some adjustments as good professional teams do," said Swarzak.
"That's a good lineup over there and they kept getting ahead in the count,
working their at-bats really well."
Minnesota had the initial lead of the game as Valencia's sacrifice fly plated
Josh Willingham, who reached base on a one-out walk and went to third when
Ryan Doumit followed with a single.
The Rangers, though, pushed across three in the fourth to take the lead.
Andrus singled to start the frame and Josh Hamilton followed with a single.
Consecutive base hits from Adrian Beltre and Michael Young each scored a run
and David Murphy added a sac fly later in the frame.
Kinsler homered for the fourth time this season with a leadoff shot in the
seventh for a 4-1 advantage.
Minnesota left men on first and third in the fifth and had men on base in
each inning after.
The ninth saw Alexi Ogando take the mound to close the game and he hit
Willingham and Doumit followed with a single to start the inning. Valencia
then hit into a fielder's choice that saw a forceout at second, and Ogando
fanned Chris Parmelee then got pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs to foul out for his
first save of the season.
Minnesota took five of eight from Texas last season...Going back to last
season, Harrison is 6-0 in his last seven starts...Yu Darvish pitches for
Texas on Saturday and he will be opposed by Nick Blackburn for Minnesota.
04/14 00:29:39 ET