Minnesota at Texas

W: C. Silva (2-5) L: K. Millwood (3-3)
S: F. Liriano (1)
HR: MIN - J. Morneau (7), J. Morneau (8)   TEX - H. Blalock (6), K. Mench (10)

Twins 1B Morneau clears park twice, has career-best six RBI

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins have been struggling to score runs this season. They had no trouble against Texas Rangers ace Kevin Millwood on Tuesday night.

Justin Morneau hit two home runs and had a career-high six RBI as the Twins knocked out Millwood in the second inning of a 15-5 rout.

"I can't tell you how many guys had a good night because I lost track," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've been on the other side of that recently so we know how that feels."

The Twins, who began the night tied for next-to-last in the AL with 131 runs, had 15 baserunners in the first three innings.

Minnesota went on set a season-high for runs and had a season-best 19 hits.

"We got some pitches to hit," Morneau said. "Sometimes you just run into a lineup where everybody's hitting."

The Twins' offense has been better lately, averaging 7.2 runs over the last five games.

Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with three doubles and Torii Hunter also was 3-for-5 for the Twins, who have won five of eight.

Hunter is 16-for-34 (.471) in eight games in May.

Millwood, who signed a five-year, $60 million free agent contract in the offseason, was roughed up for nine runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings. It was his shortest start since 2000, when he lasted one-third of an inning for Atlanta against Pittsburgh.

Millwood (3-3) matched the most runs allowed in his career, also having yielded nine to Toronto on June 7, 2000, while pitching for the Braves.

"It was just a bad day," Millwood said. "What can you say? I can't remember an outing quite like this. It definitely wasn't what I expected going out there."

Millwood fell to 0-3 in six career starts against the Twins.

"He's had trouble against them in the past," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He got a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate and he paid for it. They were aggressive and it worked out for them. Over the course of the season, Kevin will give us a chance to win most nights."

Provided with a nine-run cushion after two innings, Minnesota starter Carlos Silva (2-5) cruised to his first victory since April 12. Silva allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

Hank Blalock and Kevin Mench had back-to-back homers for the Rangers, who have lost four of five.

Brad Wilkerson and Michael Young both went 3-for-4 for Texas.

Silva said he never felt comfortable even with a big early lead.

"It's not easy to relax when you're facing those kinds of hitters," Silva said.

Five of the first six hitters reached base against Millwood, who pitched a complete-game 8-2 victory over Baltimore in his previous start.

Hunter got the scoring started with an RBI single and Cuddyer followed with a run-scoring double. Morneau's three-run blast into the Texas bullpen in right-center made it 5-0.

"I was just trying to use the big part of the field," Morneau said. "Especially in right-center the ball carries well here."

The Twins kept up the first-inning pressure with Lew Ford's triple and Juan Castro's RBI single.

Hunter's RBI single in the second stretched Minnesota's lead to 7-0. Two hitters later, Millwood was out of the game.

The Twins didn't let up on Rangers reliever Rick Bauer, who gave up second-inning RBI singles to Hunter, Morneau and Rondell White, and a third-inning RBI double to Cuddyer to make it 10-0.

Blalock and Mench homered in the fourth to make it 10-2, and Young's RBI single in the fifth got the Rangers within seven runs. In the sixth, Rod Barajas' run-scoring double and Gary Matthews Jr.'s RBI groundout made it 10-5.

The Twins added one run in the seventh and two in the eighth, then Morneau capped the scoring with his eighth homer, a two-run shot in the ninth.

"Six RBI, that's a good day," Morneau said.


  • Francisco Liriano pitched three innings for his first career save.
  • It was Morneau's third career multihomer game.
  • Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Millwood's shortest outing for Cleveland last season was three innings. He had lasted at least five innings in each of his first seven starts for Texas.
  • Young hit his team-high 16th double for Texas.
  • The Rangers had gone four games without a homer until Blalock's blast.
  • Matthews extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Rangers third base coach Steve Smith returned after serving a five-game suspension for an altercation with an umpire.
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Justin Morneau is cheered at the plate after his first-inning three-run home run. (AP)
Justin Morneau is cheered at the plate after his first-inning three-run home run. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Cuddyer
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2

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Luis Rodriguez, 3B5220101 .281
Luis Castillo, 2B6110012 .333
Joe Mauer, C5321111 .304
Torii Hunter, CF5232102 .266
Michael Cuddyer, RF5332112 .343
Justin Morneau, 1B5236100 .224
Rondell White, DH6122003 .169
Lew Ford, LF4121100 .227
Juan Castro, SS5011014 .233
2B - Joe Mauer (7, Millwood), Michael Cuddyer 3 (10, Millwood, Millwood, Bauer), Rondell White (3, Alfonseca)
3B - Lew Ford (1, Millwood)
HR - Justin Morneau 2 (8, Millwood, Wilson)
RBI - Joe Mauer (12), Torii Hunter 2 (22), Michael Cuddyer 2 (10), Justin Morneau 6 (23), Rondell White 2 (9), Lew Ford (5), Juan Castro (6)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (5), Michael Cuddyer (7), Justin Morneau 2 (11), Juan Castro (3)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Rodriguez-Castillo-Morneau, Castro-Castillo-Morneau, Castillo-Castro-Morneau
E - Juan Castro (4, misplayed grounder), Justin Morneau (1, misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,2-5) 61154012 8.23
Francisco Liriano (S,1) 3400030 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 82-63, Francisco Liriano 46-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-9, Francisco Liriano 3-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 29, Francisco Liriano 12
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4111010 .305
    Adrian Brown, CF1000010 .226
Michael Young, SS4031001 .354
    D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B1010000 .224
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000013 .265
    Gerald Laird, C1010000 .333
Phil Nevin, DH5010005 .242
Hank Blalock, 3B4111002 .331
    Drew Meyer, SS1000002 .214
Kevin Mench, RF4121000 .307
Brad Wilkerson, LF4130000 .277
Mark DeRosa, 2B-3B4110013 .333
Rod Barajas, C-1B4011004 .207
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (10, Silva), Michael Young (16, Silva), Mark DeRosa (5, Silva), Rod Barajas (3, Silva)
HR - Hank Blalock (6, Silva), Kevin Mench (10, Silva)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (12), Michael Young (21), Hank Blalock (26), Kevin Mench (27), Rod Barajas (10)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Blalock-DeRosa-Teixeira
E - Drew Meyer (1, misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,3-3) 1.1999101 5.13
Rick Bauer 3.2511330 3.10
Scott Feldman 2111100 4.70
Antonio Alfonseca 1322100 4.80
C.J. Wilson 1120011 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 45-30, Rick Bauer 67-35, Scott Feldman 26-15, Antonio Alfonseca 37-22, C.J. Wilson 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 4-0, Rick Bauer 5-2, Scott Feldman 6-0, Antonio Alfonseca 2-1, C.J. Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 14, Rick Bauer 18, Scott Feldman 8, Antonio Alfonseca 7, C.J. Wilson 5
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Attendance - 19316
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague