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."
|Minnesota's Jacque Jones, left, and Juan Castro both score on a bunt by teammate Mike Redmond. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|David Dellucci, RF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.255|
|Michael Young, SS||5||0||2||0||0||2||2||.328|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||1||1||1||1||2||.288|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.271|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||5||.279|
|Kevin Mench, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.272|
|Adrian Gonzalez, DH||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.253|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.313|
|2B - David Dellucci (16, Radke), Michael Young (34, Romero), Alfonso Soriano (37, Nathan), Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (24, Radke, Rincon)|
|3B - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Mays)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (6, Radke)|
|SF - Hank Blalock (3)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira (115), Hank Blalock (83), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (15), Gerald Laird 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gerald Laird (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Laird-Young|
|E - Doug Brocail (2, Wild throw), Michael Young (16, Wild throw)|
|Doug Brocail (BS,4; L,5-3)||2||6||8||6||0||1||0||5.59|
|HBP - LeCroy (by Doug Brocail)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 16-9, Joaquin Benoit 45-25, Doug Brocail 35-26, Scott Feldman 22-16, John Wasdin 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-2, Doug Brocail 4-2, Scott Feldman 3-3, John Wasdin 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Young 4, Joaquin Benoit 9, Doug Brocail 14, Scott Feldman 8, John Wasdin 3|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Nick Punto, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.244|
|Lew Ford, CF||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.268|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.238|
|Matthew LeCroy, DH||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Jacque Jones, RF||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Juan Castro, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Mike Redmond, C||2||2||1||2||1||0||0||.303|
|Luis Rodriguez, 2B||2||1||1||2||0||0||2||.257|
|Luis Rivas, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|2B - Mike Redmond (9, Brocail)|
|SF - Luis Rodriguez (2)|
|SH - Mike Redmond (2)|
|RBI - Shannon Stewart (55), Lew Ford (49), Mike Redmond 2 (25), Luis Rodriguez 2 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lew Ford (34)|
|SB - Lew Ford (12, 2nd base off C. Young/Laird)|
|CS - Shannon Stewart (5, 2nd base by Benoit/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|J.C. Romero (W,4-3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.98|
|Juan Rincon (H,21)||1.1||2||1||1||0||2||0||2.57|
|Joe Nathan (S,36)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||3.03|
|WP - Joe Mays (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 53-37, Joe Mays 45-29, J.C. Romero 11-7, Juan Rincon 27-16, Joe Nathan 22-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 2-2, Joe Mays 3-7, J.C. Romero 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Radke 14, Joe Mays 13, J.C. Romero 4, Juan Rincon 6, Joe Nathan 5|
|Attendance - 13034|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|