MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins' bats were resilient again Wednesday, and this time it paid off.
Minnesota came back from a five-run deficit for the second straight day, taking advantage of a throwing error by pitcher Doug Brocail on a bunt to score two runs in the sixth inning in an 8-6 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Mike Redmond and Luis Rodriguez drove in two runs each for the Twins, who trailed 5-0 in the second inning for the second game in a row. On Tuesday, they took a one-run lead into the ninth before losing to the Rangers 10-7.
"That's the team I remember," said Jacque Jones, who had two hits and scored two runs. "You bounce back like that and don't hang your head."
One day after blowing a save opportunity and getting the loss, Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances.
"It's really nice to get out there the next day," said Nathan, who allowed a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira on Tuesday. "You don't want to be sitting down there thinking about it any longer than you have to."
"Most of the time, you'd send (Radke) back out there, but this isn't 'most of the time' anymore," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose Twins started the day 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL wild-card race.
Joe Mays, J.C. Romero, Juan Rincon and Nathan combined for seven innings of one-run, five-hit relief. Mays pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, his longest stint since he was removed from the starting rotation late last month.
Rangers starter Chris Young left after one inning complaining of arm fatigue. Joaquin Benoit threw two scoreless innings before Brocail (5-3) gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and six hits in two-plus innings.
"We didn't like what we saw from (Young)," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "In warmups, he didn't look like we had it. His velocity was down, and it wasn't worth the risk."
Minnesota's comeback began in the fourth against Brocail when Redmond hit a two-run double, Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly and Shannon Stewart hit an RBI grounder.
After Jones singled leading off the sixth, Brocail couldn't pick up Juan Castro's bunt down the first-base line, a play scored a single.
Redmond followed with a bunt down the third-base line and Brocail fielded it cleanly, but his off-balance throw sailed over Soriano at first base and bounced into the Texas bullpen. Both runners scored, giving the Twins a 6-5 lead.
Gerald Laird hit an RBI single in the eighth after Jones lost Gary Matthews Jr.'s fly to right, and the ball fell for a double.
Texas took a 5-0 lead in the second on Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer, RBI singles by Laird and Teixeira, and Blalock's sacrifice fly. Radke threw 53 pitches in two innings and gave up a number of hard-hit balls.
"He threw like he normally does," Matthews said. "He is a good pitcher. I think maybe he didn't have as much success locating as he wanted."
- Brocail did not speak with reporters after the game.
- Radke's start was his shortest since April 21 last year, when he pitched two innings against Detroit.
- Ford's single extended his hitting streak to 10 games.