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Twins 4, Rangers 2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the years, the Minnesota Twins could count on Torii Hunter for offensive production and for Carlos Silva to eat up innings.

Both were on display again Tuesday night, but it very well might be the last time they take the field together in the Metrodome as members of the Minnesota Twins.

Hunter drove in two runs to set his career high for a season, Silva threw six solid innings and the Twins again took advantage of shaky defense by Texas to beat the Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

"It means a lot," said Hunter, who will be a free agent this offseason and has made it clear that he will be exploring his options. "Coming into the season everybody had individual goals and one of my goals was to have 100 RBI. But we have 11 games left and I'm not stopping."

Silva gave up two runs and seven hits and struck out five. The right-hander will become a free agent this offseason.

A ninth-inning error cost Texas the series opener on Monday. On Tuesday, shortstop Michael Young made two of his three errors in an eventful third inning when the Twins took a 2-1 lead.

"The first one doesn't bother me as much because it was a pretty tough play," Young said. "But the next two were pretty basic."

Nick Punto led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Young's throwing error.

Punto was thrown out at third during a rundown, but made the play entertaining. Trapped in no-man's land between second and third after starting pitcher Kevin Millwood snatched Jason Bartlett's chopper out of the air with his bare hand, Punto made several jukes and fakes that caused Millwood to fall.

The veteran right-hander managed to still get a throw off to third baseman Travis Metcalf for the out, but he remained on the ground for several seconds to hide his embarrassment. Bartlett made it to second.

"I know Nick from Philly," Millwood said. "It was a fun play."

The fun didn't last long for the Rangers.

Jason Kubel followed with a grounder to Young, who threw it away for his second error of the inning, allowing Bartlett to score.

Hunter then drove in Kubel and set a career-high with his 103rd RBI. Hunter added another RBI with a double in the seventh that gave the Twins a 4-2 lead.

Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 33rd save.

Young committed his third error trying to turn a double play in the sixth.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the third on Ian Kinsler's RBI groundout. Kinsler dropped a pop fly in the bottom of the ninth to cost his team the series opener against Minnesota.

"We didn't put ourselves in real good situations tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When we were playing well, we put ourselves in good spots. Not tonight."

Texas had a chance to take the lead in the sixth. With one run in and the bases loaded with one out, Silva (12-14) coaxed an inning-ending double play from Metcalf. He knelt on the mound and pumped his fist several times before heading to the dugout.

Was the possibility that this could be his final start in the Metrodome on his mind?

"It was. I don't want to start thinking about it, but it was," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'd love to play for this team forever. But if it's not like that, you have to move on."

Twins reliever Matt Guerrier had runners on second and third with one out in the eighth but struck out Metcalf and got Frank Catalanotto to fly out.

Millwood (9-13) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Texas has 114 committed errors, the most since it had 117 in 2004.

Kubel had three hits for Minnesota while Joe Mauer added an RBI ground-rule double in the fifth.

Young had three hits for the Rangers and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI single in the sixth.

The Twins (74-77) improved to 6-10 in September and are hoping to finish the season over .500.

"That's our goal," Hunter said. "We got 11 games left and I think we can do it."

Notes

Major League Baseball suspended Rangers starter Vicente Padilla for seven games for his role in Sunday's bench-clearing brawl with Oakland. Padilla was ejected in the first inning after beaning Nick Swisher and setting off a brawl. Padilla will appeal the suspension and was scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale. ... Kinsler made a spectacular diving play on a ground ball up the middle in the second inning to rob Luis Rodriguez of a hit. ... The Metrodome crowd gave Punto a loud ovation after his diving and darting caused Millwood to crumble to the ground during the third-inning rundown.

 
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T. Hunter
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
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J. Kubel
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Texas Rangers
Frank Catalanotto, 1B5010012 .267
Ian Kinsler, 2B4001000 .264
Michael Young, SS4030100 .315
Marlon Byrd, CF5110015 .304
Hank Blalock, DH4010104 .297
Jason Botts, LF4020022 .242
    Freddy Guzman, PR-LF00000001.000
   a- Brad Wilkerson, PH1000012 .236
David Murphy, RF2010201 .367
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4011022 .263
Travis Metcalf, 3B4110014 .246
Totals37211248  
a-struck out for Guzman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (20, Silva), Hank Blalock (15, Silva)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (58), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (31)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1
DP - Kinsler-Young-Catalanotto, Kinsler-Young-Catalanotto
E - Michael Young 3 (19, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,9-13) 6.21042200 5.39
Bill White 0.1000000 4.76
Wes Littleton 1000000 3.48
IBB - Mauer by Kevin Millwood
WP - Kevin Millwood (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 110-67, Bill White 4-3, Wes Littleton 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 14-5, Wes Littleton 3-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 31, Bill White 1, Wes Littleton 3
Minnesota Twins
Jason Bartlett, SS4100001 .270
Jason Kubel, DH4330000 .269
Joe Mauer, C3011102 .290
Torii Hunter, CF4022002 .291
Justin Morneau, 1B3000103 .273
Michael Cuddyer, RF4010001 .273
Rondell White, LF3010001 .155
    Jason Tyner, LF1000000 .290
Luis Rodriguez, 3B4000003 .219
Nick Punto, 2B3020000 .209
Totals33410320  
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel 2 (30, Millwood, Millwood), Joe Mauer (27, Millwood), Torii Hunter (43, Millwood), Nick Punto (17, Millwood)
RBI - Joe Mauer (56), Torii Hunter 2 (104)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (17), Torii Hunter 2 (45)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Punto-Morneau
E - Nick Punto (12, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,12-14) 6722350 4.40
Julio DePaula (H,1) 0.2100000 9.00
Glen Perkins (H,1) 0.1000000 3.60
Matt Guerrier (H,13) 1200010 2.23
Joe Nathan (S,33) 1100120 2.04
HBP - Kinsler (by Julio DePaula)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 103-65, Julio DePaula 10-7, Glen Perkins 1-1, Matt Guerrier 18-11, Joe Nathan 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 4-8, Julio DePaula 2-0, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 27, Julio DePaula 4, Glen Perkins 1, Matt Guerrier 5, Joe Nathan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18226
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck