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 (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.
"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."
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.
|Defensive plays by Juan Castro helped Kyle Lohse get his second victory of the season. (AP)|
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|Lew Ford, LF||4||1||1||0||0||3||0|
|Nick Punto, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Joe Mauer, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Torii Hunter, CF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Mike Redmond, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||1|
|Tony Batista, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Juan Castro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|2B - Justin Morneau (, Padilla)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter (), Mike Redmond ()|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Castro-Morneau|
|E - Juan Castro (, )|
|Kyle Lohse (W,-)||6||6||1||1||4||6||0|
|Jesse Crain (H,)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Juan Rincon (H,)||1||2||2||2||1||0||0|
|Joe Nathan (S,)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|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|
|Adrian Brown, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||6|
|a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Michael Young, SS||3||0||0||0||2||1||2|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||0||2|
|Phil Nevin, DH||4||0||0||0||1||4||2|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4|
|Kevin Mench, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Brad Wilkerson, LF||3||1||0||0||1||3||2|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||3||1||3||2||1||0||0|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||5|
|a-grounded out for A. Brown in the 8th|
|2B - Mark DeRosa (, Rincon)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira (), Mark DeRosa 2 ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira ()|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Adrian Brown 1|
|DP - Blalock-DeRosa-Teixeira, DeRosa-Young-Teixeira|
|Vicente Padilla (L,-)||6||3||3||3||3||5||0|
|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|
|Attendance - 23008|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|