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Twins rally from 5-0 down, smack Rangers 8-6

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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."

Brad Radke became the second straight Twins starter to last just two innings, following Kyle Lohse. Radke allowed five runs and eight hits.

"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.

Romero (4-3) got three outs, and Nathan pitched the ninth, allowing Hank Blalock's two-out single and Alfonso Soriano's double before striking out Kevin Mench.

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.

Rodriguez chased Brocail with a run-scoring single, and Lew Ford added an RBI single off Scott Feldman to make it 8-5.

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."

Notes

  • 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.
 
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Minnesota's Jacque Jones, left, and Juan Castro both score on a bunt by teammate Mike Redmond. (AP)
Minnesota's Jacque Jones, left, and Juan Castro both score on a bunt by teammate Mike Redmond. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Minnesota

M. Redmond
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, RF5110022 .255
Michael Young, SS5020022 .328
Mark Teixeira, 1B4011112 .288
Hank Blalock, 3B4021002 .271
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5010005 .279
Kevin Mench, LF5110013 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4112010 .253
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4230000 .263
Gerald Laird, C4122001 .313
Totals4061461717 
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Laird-Young
E - Doug Brocail (2, Wild throw), Michael Young (16, Wild throw)
Texas Rangers
Chris Young 1000100 4.19
Joaquin Benoit 2200220 4.08
Doug Brocail (BS,4; L,5-3) 2686010 5.59
Scott Feldman 2100010 0.00
John Wasdin 1000000 4.11
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
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5011000 .278
Nick Punto, SS5000021 .244
Lew Ford, CF2011200 .268
Justin Morneau, 1B4000012 .238
Matthew LeCroy, DH3110012 .261
Jacque Jones, RF4220001 .253
Juan Castro, 3B4220001 .277
Mike Redmond, C2212100 .303
Luis Rodriguez, 2B2112002 .257
    Luis Rivas, 2B1000000 .248
Totals32896349 
Batting
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
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke 2855021 3.91
Joe Mays 3.2100110 4.99
J.C. Romero (W,4-3) 1100010 2.98
Juan Rincon (H,21) 1.1211020 2.57
Joe Nathan (S,36) 1200010 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
Game Information
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