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Rangers' Loe shuts down playoff-contending Twins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Minnesota Twins fading in the AL wild-card race, some players are frustrated by the lack of a playoff push.

David Dellucci hit a three-run double to back a strong start by Kameron Loe, and the Texas Rangers beat the Twins 7-0 Monday.

Minnesota made two errors that led to five unearned runs and dropped 5½ games behind the New York Yankees, the AL wild-card leader. The Twins are 12-47 when scoring three runs or fewer.

"I hate to see losses like that," said Minnesota starter Carlos Silva (9-7), who allowed six runs -- one earned -- and eight hits in seven innings. "I want to see the team play like the one we had last year, that was always playing hard and diving for balls.

"I don't want to mention names, but I know we can play better."

Twins right fielder Jacque Jones was sitting near Silva when he made his comments.

"That's fine," Jones said. "Everybody's entitled to do what they want to do. But I'm not going to point fingers. That's not what good teams do."

Minnesota, which has scored the second-fewest runs in the AL to Kansas City, was shut out for the ninth time this season. That's the most since the Twins were blanked 10 times in 1999.

Loe (8-4) allowed five hits in eight innings, the longest of his three starts this season. C.J. Wilson pitched a perfect ninth as Texas won for the 11th time in 15 games.

Loe, a 23-year-old right-hander, was used out of the bullpen for most of the year.

"I really feel comfortable out there," he said. "It's what I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm just happy the manager keeps giving me the ball and sending me out there."

It was Loe's second consecutive strong start against the Twins. On Aug. 26, he pitched five innings in a 6-0 win over Minnesota at Texas. He has won all of his starts this season.

"Their guy totally shut us down," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A big, tall guy throwing sliders and sinkers. He totally ate us up."

Kevin Mench put Texas ahead with an RBI single in the second. Mench caught Michael Ryan's fly ball to left in the bottom of the inning and threw out Lew Ford at home plate trying to score from third.

Silva walked Gary Matthews Jr. leading off the third -- just the ninth walk off Silva in 187 1/3 innings this year -- and Matthews scored when right fielder Jones dropped Michael Young's warning-track fly ball with two outs.

Dellucci's two-out double in the seventh followed singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Matthews and an error by second baseman Nick Punto. Young added an RBI single, and all four runs in the inning were unearned.

Matthews added a 438-foot homer to left leading off the ninth against Minnesota reliever Francisco Liriano, a top prospect making his major-league debut for the Twins.

It added up to a loss for the three-time defending AL Central champion Twins, who realize it will take an incredible finish to make the playoffs again.

"It's tough any day you lose, especially now," Jones said. "We pretty much have to win out. Our pitcher pitched well enough for us to win, but we didn't play well enough behind him. That's the story."

Notes

  • Young went 1-for-5 and has 188 hits this season. He is trying to reach 200 for the third consecutive year.
  • The Twins' Juan Castro made his fifth start of the season at third base, filling in for the injured Michael Cuddyer (ribs).
 
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Texas' Kameron Loe keeps it in high gear, allowing just five hits and a walk in eight shutout innings.  (AP)
Texas' Kameron Loe keeps it in high gear, allowing just five hits and a walk in eight shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

K. Loe
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, RF5113021 .254
Michael Young, SS5011000 .326
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000012 .288
Hank Blalock, 3B4110000 .271
Alfonso Soriano, 2B3000101 .280
Kevin Mench, LF4021001 .275
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4110003 .242
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3321110 .257
Gerald Laird, C4110010 .250
Totals36796258 
Batting
2B - David Dellucci (15, Silva), Michael Young (33, Silva), Hank Blalock (28, Silva)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (17, Liriano)
RBI - David Dellucci 3 (55), Michael Young (77), Kevin Mench (65), Gary Matthews Jr. (47)
2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci 3 (16), Michael Young (34)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kevin Mench 1
DP - Mench-Laird
E - Hank Blalock (7, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe (W,8-4) 8500110 3.22
C.J. Wilson 1000010 7.38
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 103-70, C.J. Wilson 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 14-9, C.J. Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 30, C.J. Wilson 3
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF4000000 .280
Nick Punto, 2B4010000 .248
Joe Mauer, C3000101 .299
Jacque Jones, RF4010012 .251
Lew Ford, CF4010001 .267
Justin Morneau, 1B4020001 .242
Juan Castro, 3B2000002 .269
Michael Ryan, DH3000003 .238
Jason Bartlett, SS3000012 .268
Totals310501212 
Batting
SH - Juan Castro (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Morneau-Bartlett, Morneau-Bartlett
E - Jacque Jones (4, Dropped fly), Nick Punto (8, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,9-7) 7861130 3.27
J.C. Romero 1000100 3.04
Francisco Liriano 1111021 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 79-59, J.C. Romero 12-7, Francisco Liriano 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-8, J.C. Romero 2-1, Francisco Liriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 30, J.C. Romero 4, Francisco Liriano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15627
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi