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Lohse gives quality performance as Twins win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Struggling Kyle Lohse responded to speculation that his rotation spot was in jeopardy by pitching one of his best games of the season.

Lohse allowed on run in six innings, and the Minnesota Twins took advantage of wildness by Vicente Padilla to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Wednesday.

Lohse (2-3) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four, lowering his ERA from 9.71 to .833.

"You hear a lot of stuff you don't want to hear," Lohse said. "But until they tell me I'm out of the starting five, I'm going to do what I do. There's enough pressure already."

Minnesota won for the fourth time in five games heading into a weekend series against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

"To win in Texas against that lineup is tough," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Everybody knows he's been struggling. He needed that for his confidence. Hopefully, he can continue from there."

Lohse said moving his position on the rubber a little closer to first base produced better results.

"It's amazing what a little adjustment like that can do," he said.

Joe Nathan struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.

Padilla forced in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when he walked two batters and hit two others.

With the score 1-1, Padilla (3-3) walked Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer opening the seventh, then hit Justin Morneau and Mike Redmond with pitches. Joaquin Benoit relieved and got Tony Batista to ground into a double play as Cuddyer scored for a 3-1 lead, then struck out Juan Castro.

Hunter, batting .517 (15-for-29) during an eight-game hitting streak, added an RBI single off Francisco Cordero in the eighth that made it 4-1.

Mark DeRosa, who went 3-for-3, hit a two-run double against Juan Rincon in the bottom half on a drive off the wall that missed becoming a home run by inches.

"I thought I got it," DeRosa said. "I put a good swing on it and initially thought it was a home run. But that's the way the game goes sometimes."

Hunter went back on DeRosa's line drive and was relieved when the ball stayed in the park.

"They say it's a game of inches and you saw it right there," Hunter said. "It was inches from going out."

With the potential tying run on second, Gerald Laird popped out and pinch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr. grounded out.

Padilla gave up three runs, three hits and three walks in six innings. He was perfect until Lew Ford's single leading off the fourth.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner in the fourth. After taking a called third strike, the Rangers' Brad Wilkerson had a few words for Wegner and lingered at the plate. Showalter came out of the dugout to protect his player and was tossed by Wegner.

Showalter was ejected for the first time this season and third in his four years as Rangers manager.

"I went out to get Brad so he could stay in the game," Showalter said. "I guess he thought I was arguing balls and strikes."

Mark Teixeira had an RBI single in the third for the Rangers, who have lost four of five. Hunter hit a run-scoring, double-play grounder in the fourth.

Notes

  • Matthews and Rod Barajas weren't in the Rangers' starting lineup. Matthews has been bothered by a sore quadriceps and Barajas was rested. Adrian Brown started in center and Laird was the catcher.
  • Gardenhire started Nick Punto at second base instead of Luis Castillo, who has been slowed by a sore knee. Gardenhire did not start OF Shannon Stewart because Stewart is recovering from the flu.
  • Thursday is the Rangers' only off day in May. Texas opens a 10-game trip Friday night in Boston.
  • The Rangers have failed to homer in five of their last six games.
 
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Defensive plays by Juan Castro helped Kyle Lohse get his second victory of the season. (AP)
Defensive plays by Juan Castro helped Kyle Lohse get his second victory of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

K. Lohse
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 6
Texas

M. DeRosa
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, LF4110030
Nick Punto, 2B3110100
Joe Mauer, DH3010100
Torii Hunter, CF3111110
Michael Cuddyer, RF3100102
Justin Morneau, 1B3010000
Mike Redmond, C3011011
Tony Batista, 3B4000012
Juan Castro, SS4000013
Totals30462478 
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (, Padilla)
RBI - Torii Hunter (), Mike Redmond ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Castro-Morneau
E - Juan Castro (, )
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Lohse (W,-) 6611460
Jesse Crain (H,) 1000110
Juan Rincon (H,) 1222100
Joe Nathan (S,) 1000020
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 110-66, Jesse Crain 11-5, Juan Rincon 29-18, Joe Nathan 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 4-8, Jesse Crain 1-0, Juan Rincon 2-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 28, Jesse Crain 3, Juan Rincon 6, Joe Nathan 3
Texas Rangers
Adrian Brown, CF4000016
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH-CF1000001
Michael Young, SS3000212
Mark Teixeira, 1B5021002
Phil Nevin, DH4000142
Hank Blalock, 3B4010004
Kevin Mench, RF3110100
Brad Wilkerson, LF3100132
Mark DeRosa, 2B3132100
Gerald Laird, C4010005
Totals343836924 
a-grounded out for A. Brown in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark DeRosa (, Rincon)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (), Mark DeRosa 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira ()
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adrian Brown 1
DP - Blalock-DeRosa-Teixeira, DeRosa-Young-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (L,-) 6333350
Joaquin Benoit 1000010
Francisco Cordero 1211110
Akinori Otsuka 1100000
HBP - Morneau (by Vicente Padilla), Redmond (by Vicente Padilla)
WP - Akinori Otsuka ()
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 89-53, Joaquin Benoit 12-8, Francisco Cordero 16-10, Akinori Otsuka 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 9-3, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0, Akinori Otsuka 2-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 25, Joaquin Benoit 2, Francisco Cordero 5, Akinori Otsuka 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23008
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne