Minnesota at Texas

W: D. Reyes (1-0) L: J. Wright (1-1)
HR: MIN - M. Cuddyer (1)   TEX - None

Twins 12, Rangers 6

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins scored a dozen runs, thanks in part to a trio of defensive miscues by the Rangers.

Michael Cuddyer hit a three-run homer, and the Twins ended a three-game losing streak with a 12-6 victory over stumbling Texas on Saturday night.

The Rangers (8-17) have already set a franchise record for April defeats, and they continued their sloppy defensive play with three errors that led to five unearned runs. Texas also had a passed ball, and three Minnesota hits bounced off Texas gloves.

"You can lose two ways: the other team can play better, or you can beat yourself," said David Murphy, who had a career-high three RBI for Texas. "You don't like giving freebies away. You give the other team an inch and they're going to make that inch go a long way."

The Twins, who started the night 13th in the AL in runs, had managed only 17 runs in their previous seven games before breaking out against the Rangers.

Minnesota rebounded after Friday night's 6-5 loss to Texas in 10 innings with a season-best 16 hits, 12 of them singles.

"It was a good bounce back after a tough one last night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They made a couple of mistakes, and we were able to take advantage of those. We were more consistent and patient in our at-bats."

Minnesota's lineup showed depth, with its 6 through 9 hitters going a combined 9-for-18 with six RBI.

"The 3-4-5 hitters usually carry the offense," Minnesota's Mike Lamb said. "But they're not going to do it every day. It's important for the bottom of the lineup to pick up the slack. If we can contribute on a regular basis, this team will be very dangerous."

Texas, which has lost eight of its past nine, fell short of its third two-game winning streak of the season.

Rangers manager Ron Washington's job status remains in question, and another poor defensive effort won't enhance Washington's long-term future in Texas.

"It's physical mistakes," Washington said. "We wanted to play well and for five innings we did. But mistakes ended up costing us."

Delmon Young keyed a three-run seventh inning with a two-run single, and Brendan Harris went 3-for-4 for the Twins.

With the score tied at 5, the Twins loaded the bases in the seventh against Jamey Wright (1-1) and ex-Twin Eddie Guardado. Young's two-run single off Franklyn German put the Twins in front, and Lamb followed with an RBI single to extend Minnesota's lead to 8-5.

Joe Mauer's RBI single in the eighth stretched the Twins' advantage to 9-5, and Cuddyer's three-run blast later in the inning put the game out of reach.

Dennys Reyes (1-0) allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning for the win.

Sidney Ponson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma to make the start for Texas, lasted 5 1/3 innings in his first big-league appearance in almost a year. He allowed five runs -- one earned -- and seven hits.

Ponson, 1-2 with a 3.47 ERA at Oklahoma, last started on May 12, for Minnesota against Detroit.

Twins starter Scott Baker left the game in the fifth inning with a mild groin strain.

The Twins were trailing 4-2 when Gardenhire and a team trainer went to the mound to check on Baker. After talking with Baker, Gardenhire summoned right-hander Matt Guerrier from the bullpen.

Gardenhire said that with two off-days upcoming, Baker will have enough recovery time to make his next start on schedule.

"It wasn't getting any worse," Baker said. "But there was no point in pushing it."

Baker gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, but the Twins scored three unearned runs in the sixth to tie it at 5 and take Baker off the hook for the loss.

Ponson's throwing error helped the Twins in the sixth.

"I threw the ball away and the momentum changed," Ponson said. "I'm not happy about it."


  • Texas' Ian Kinsler has been on base in all 24 games this season, the longest current streak in the AL. It matches the third longest in franchise history.
  • Josh Hamilton had three hits for Texas.
  • Minnesota has won eight of its past 11 against Texas.
  • The Rangers were without 3B Hank Blalock, who'll also miss Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring. Blalock injured himself running out a 10th-inning double Friday night. Blalock said he will be reevaluated Tuesday and if there's no improvement he could be headed for the 15-day DL. Vazquez started at 3B in place of Blalock.
  • DH Milton Bradley (hamstring) was back in the Texas lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury.
  • To open a roster spot for Ponson, the Rangers sent RHP Kazuo Fukumori to Oklahoma.
  • Twins RHP Bobby Korecky pitched the ninth in his big-league debut.
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Players of the Game

J. Hamilton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 0

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Brendan Harris, 2B5230012 .291
Joe Mauer, C5321002 .308
Justin Morneau, 1B4110101 .279
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2B - Brendan Harris (5, Ponson), Mike Lamb (6, Feldman), Craig Monroe (5, Ponson)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (1, Feldman)
SF - Mike Lamb (2)
SH - Brendan Harris (2)
RBI - Joe Mauer (10), Michael Cuddyer 3 (4), Jason Kubel (14), Delmon Young 2 (8), Mike Lamb 2 (10), Craig Monroe (7)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young 2 (2), Mike Lamb (3)
SB - Matt Tolbert (3, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia)
Minnesota Twins
Scott Baker 4.1855170 4.50
Matt Guerrier 1.1100200 4.40
Dennys Reyes (W,1-0) 0.2100100 0.00
Jesse Crain (H,1) 0.2000020 5.40
Pat Neshek 1100110 4.09
Bobby Korecky 1111200 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 79-54, Matt Guerrier 30-16, Dennys Reyes 13-7, Jesse Crain 11-6, Pat Neshek 20-12, Bobby Korecky 25-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 3-3, Matt Guerrier 3-1, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Bobby Korecky 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 22, Matt Guerrier 7, Dennys Reyes 4, Jesse Crain 2, Pat Neshek 5, Bobby Korecky 5
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5120010 .293
Michael Young, SS3110223 .283
Josh Hamilton, CF4132102 .317
Milton Bradley, DH4010125 .324
David Murphy, RF5123011 .301
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3010221 .333
Frank Catalanotto, LF3000003 .250
   a- Jason Botts, PH-LF1000112 .147
Ben Broussard, 1B5110012 .169
Ramon Vazquez, 3B5110001 .167
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2B - Josh Hamilton (9, Baker)
RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (25), David Murphy 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy 2 (7)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Young-Kinsler-Broussard, Vazquez-Kinsler-Broussard
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1)
E - Sidney Ponson (1, Throwing), Ramon Vazquez (1, Misplayed grounder), Michael Young (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Sidney Ponson 5.1751140 1.69
Jamey Wright (L,1-1) 0.2211100 4.50
Eddie Guardado 0.2122100 6.00
Franklyn German 0.1200010 0.79
Scott Feldman 2443001 6.75
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Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 93-58, Jamey Wright 19-10, Eddie Guardado 13-6, Franklyn German 12-7, Scott Feldman 39-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 9-3, Eddie Guardado 1-1, Scott Feldman 5-2
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 24, Jamey Wright 5, Eddie Guardado 4, Franklyn German 3, Scott Feldman 11
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Attendance - 33053
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez