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Mauer, Young combine for three HRs, seven RBI in Twins' win

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joe Mauer had a new power partner Tuesday, and the combination helped the Minnesota Twins spoil Ivan Rodriguez's return to the Texas Rangers.

With AL RBI leader Justin Morneau sidelined by an ear infection, Mauer homered twice and Delmon Young had a tying two-run double and a go-ahead two-run homer to lead the Twins past the Rangers 9-6.

Minnesota piled up 12 hits and eight runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings as part of a rally from a 5-0 deficit.

"To come back like we did, hopefully we can gain some momentum from it," said Mauer, whose team snapped a three-game losing streak. "The guys kept at it and we put up enough runs to win."

Minnesota's late-inning offensive surge must have seemed all too familiar to Rodriguez. The 14-time All-Star catcher watched from the bench after accepting a trade earlier in the day from Houston. He returned to his original franchise seven years after leaving in the wake of three consecutive last-place finishes marked by some of the worst pitching in baseball.

 Pudge back where it all started, returns to Texas

These Rangers have been different, stalking AL ERA leader Seattle while surging to the lead in the wild-card race. Tuesday night's loss dropped Texas into a tie with Boston for the wild-card lead.

Scott Feldman was working on another one of those strong Texas pitching performances, but he let the game get away in the sixth. It was the largest blown lead of the season for the Rangers.

The trouble started in the fourth inning when Mauer hit the first of his two leadoff homers. It was one of four extra-base hits against Feldman, who had allowed nothing but singles in his first three August starts. In the sixth, four singles by the Twins preceded Young's tying two-run double.

"I was probably just a little too predictable with some of my pitches," Feldman said. "I just couldn't really get a rhythm going."

The Twins fell behind again briefly before taking the lead for good in the seventh.

Mauer started the decisive inning with a tying home run off Jason Jennings, the 25th homer for Mauer and part of a 3 for 5 night that kept his major league-leading average at .380.

"Mauer's amazing," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's putting some great swings on it. We've run out of things to say. He's playing Little League baseball in the big leagues where everything's a hit. It's incredible."

 Twins recall Humber to replace injured Liriano

Brendan Harris, who replaced Jason Kubel after Kubel fouled a pitch off his left knee in the first inning, followed Mauer's second homer with a single. Two outs later, Young's drive off Jennings (2-4) bounced off the top of the right-center field wall into the Rangers bullpen for an 8-6 Twins lead.

"That was my mistake for letting [Mauer] get to me," Jennings said. "The one to Young, I was just trying to get ahead."

The Rangers had retaken the lead 6-5 on a strange sequence in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Michael Young hit a dribbler to the right of the mound, and Twins reliever Philip Humber flipped the ball toward a vacated third base. The ball rolled to the wall behind the bag, allowing Omar Vizquel to score. Jesse Crain escaped further damage by getting Marlon Byrd on a flyout with the bases loaded.

The key out against Byrd led to Crain (4-4) getting the win, and Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 30th save. It was his first save opportunity in August.

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer for Texas, and speedy leadoff hitter Julio Borbon went 3 for 4 with four steals, giving him nine hits and seven steals in three starts since Friday.

Carl Pavano gave up five earned runs in four innings, but that was quite a bit better than his only other appearance in Arlington. Pitching for Cleveland the first week of the season, he gave up nine runs in one inning of a 12-8 loss to the Rangers.

Notes

  • Morneau, the team leader with 28 homers and 94 RBI, will continue to take medication and is day-to-day.
  • Rangers OF Nelson Cruz went 0 for 3 with a strikeout for Oklahoma City in a 5-0 loss to Colorado Springs, which had four pitchers combine on a no-hitter. It was the second no-hitter in five days in Oklahoma City.
  • The Rangers had six steals three days after they set a club record with eight against Boston.
  • Twins RHP Jesse Crain has thrown 18 scoreless innings in 14 career appearances against the Rangers.
  • Rangers 1B Hank Blalock had his fourth triple, a career high.
 
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Joe Mauer provides more than his share of offense as he blasts a pair of home runs against the Rangers.  (AP)
Joe Mauer provides more than his share of offense as he blasts a pair of home runs against the Rangers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, RF4120100 .295
Orlando Cabrera, SS5120003 .282
Joe Mauer, C5233002 .383
Jason Kubel, DH1000011 .311
   a- Brendan Harris, PH-DH3121100 .265
Michael Cuddyer, 1B5230002 .274
Joe Crede, 3B5111003 .230
Delmon Young, LF5124012 .265
Carlos Gomez, CF5010012 .233
Nick Punto, 2B3000121 .208
Totals41916935  
a-announced for Kubel in the 1st
Batting
2B - Michael Cuddyer 2 (27, Feldman, Feldman), Delmon Young (9, Feldman)
HR - Joe Mauer 2 (25, Feldman, J. Jennings), Delmon Young (7, J. Jennings)
RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (77), Brendan Harris (30), Joe Crede (47), Delmon Young 4 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young 2 (16)
SB - Nick Punto (9, 2nd base off J. Jennings/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Punto-Cabrera-Cuddyer, Punto-Cabrera-Cuddyer
E - Philip Humber (1, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carl Pavano 4755341 5.32
Philip Humber 1.2311210 10.50
Jesse Crain (W,4-4) 1.1000110 6.47
Matt Guerrier (H,23) 1100010 2.30
Joe Nathan (S,30) 1000110 1.58
IBB - Hamilton by Philip Humber
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 99-62, Philip Humber 46-24, Jesse Crain 23-12, Matt Guerrier 13-9, Joe Nathan 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 5-2, Philip Humber 1-2, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Joe Nathan 2-0
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 21, Philip Humber 9, Jesse Crain 5, Matt Guerrier 4, Joe Nathan 4
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, LF4130111 .480
Michael Young, 3B5120002 .320
Josh Hamilton, RF4111112 .267
Marlon Byrd, CF4110103 .282
David Murphy, DH4000133 .266
Ian Kinsler, 2B4113101 .249
Hank Blalock, 1B4010102 .239
Taylor Teagarden, C3000123 .194
Omar Vizquel, SS4120011 .307
Totals36611478  
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (15, Pavano)
3B - Hank Blalock (4, Pavano)
HR - Ian Kinsler (26, Pavano)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (41), Ian Kinsler 3 (69)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (23)
SB - Julio Borbon 3 (8, 2nd base off Pavano/Mauer, 2nd base off Pavano/Mauer, 2nd base off Pavano/Mauer), Josh Hamilton (8, 3rd base off Pavano/Mauer), Marlon Byrd (8, 2nd base off Pavano/Mauer), David Murphy (7, 2nd base off Crain/Mauer)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Blalock-Vizquel
E - Julio Borbon (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 5.2955141 4.06
Jason Jennings (L,2-4) 1.1433112 3.97
Doug Mathis 2311100 3.09
IBB - Span by Jason Jennings
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 103-63, Jason Jennings 30-17, Doug Mathis 34-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 7-6, Jason Jennings 1-2, Doug Mathis 4-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 27, Jason Jennings 9, Doug Mathis 8
Game Information
Attendance - 20931
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mike DiMuro