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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton showed his back was not an issue a night after suffering spasms.

Now the Texas Rangers just want their offense back. And if a lineup shuffle is what it takes, so be it.

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Nelson Cruz, hitting in the No. 5 spot instead of his usual No. 6, went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI, including one that scored Adrian Beltre from first base with the winning run in the 10th to lead Texas to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, snapping their five-game losing streak.

Beltre also was 3 for 5 with a home run that tied the game in the sixth as the Rangers improved to 41-5 in games in which the All-Star third baseman hits a home run.

"Cruz swung the bat well," manager Ron Washington said. "We were due to finally put together something offensively. We kept swinging and kept getting runners out there. We just weren't able to get as many in as we would have liked, but we got the one in that was important."

Hamilton had a home run, walk and a run scored as the designated hitter one night after leaving in the fifth inning with back spasms.

Joe Nathan (1-2) pitched scoreless ninth and 10th innings for the Rangers, his longest outing in almost three years after ligament replacement surgery, in relief of Derek Holland, who returned from a stint on the disabled list with left shoulder fatigue.

Holland gave up three runs on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts over six innings.

Kyle Waldrop (0-1) failed to get an out in the 10th to take the loss for the Twins, who used six pitchers, including Samuel Deduno in his major league starting debut, to again keep the Rangers' offense subdued.

During the losing streak, the majors' best offensive team scored nine runs.

The Rangers had a few chances to go ahead late, but couldn't capitalize. They loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Beltre grounded out to end the inning.

In the eighth, David Murphy walked and stole second with two outs, followed by a walk to Mike Napoli. But Craig Gentry popped out to short center field handled by Twins shortstop Brian Dozier. The Rangers are 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position in the series, including 2 for 9 on Saturday.

"We kept swinging and kept getting runners out there," Washington said. "We just weren't able to get as many in as we would have liked, but we got the one in that was important."

Washington told reporters before the game that nothing should be read into moving Cruz up to No. 5 and Michael Young down to sixth. The move, he said, was the result of moving Young out of the No. 3 spot of Hamilton, who wasn't expected to play.

Washington said he just decided to leave Cruz, who has struggled all season, at No. 5.

"I'm not going to pat myself on the back," Washington said. "It just came off my pen that way."

Said Cruz: "I don't see any difference. When the games starts, everybody's first and third [in the order]. There's no other way to see it."

Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham each drove in runs for the Twins, who took a one-run lead on Willingham's solo homer in the sixth.

The Twins had their chances, including putting runners on first and second in the seventh after one-out walks to Joe Mauer and Willingham, but Robbie Ross induced Justin Morneau to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

Willingham gave the Twins the lead a second time on a home run to center field until Beltre's blast tied the game again.

Deduno, the Twins' 11th pitcher to start a game this season, gave up three runs including two home runs, on six hits and three strikeouts. He walked three. His biggest mistake was a slider up in the zone that Beltre smacked into the left-field seats that tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth.

"I thought he threw some really nice breaking balls," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He hung the slider to Beltre, and against these guys if you throw too many strikes they will absolutely kill you."

Notes

Hamilton became the first Rangers player to record at least 27 home runs and 75 RBI before the All-Star break and first major leaguer to do so since Albert Pujols in 2009. Alex Rodriguez was the last American League player to reach those marks in 2007. ... The Rangers optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm to Double-A Frisco to make room for Holland. Grimm went 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in three games with the team, including two starts. ... Home plate umpire Marty Foster left the game in the top of the seventh after apparently becoming sick. Second base umpire Jeff Kellogg took over behind the plate for the short crew. ... Ross extended his scoreless innings streak to 22 1/3 after recording an out in the seventh and pitching the eighth. Ross is in position to post the lowest ERA (0.96) through the All-Star break since 1933, eclipsing Bob Gibson's 1.06 in 1968. The lowest rookie figure is 1.78, recorded by Detroit's Mark Fidrych in 1976.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

N. Cruz
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5010011 .274
Ben Revere, RF5010001 .320
Joe Mauer, C2000301 .326
Josh Willingham, LF4111123 .265
Justin Morneau, 1B4120001 .247
Ryan Doumit, DH4120021 .285
    Darin Mastroianni, PR-DH0000000 .269
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4011002 .250
Brian Dozier, SS4011013 .240
Jamey Carroll, 2B4010012 .238
Totals36310347  
Batting
2B - Ryan Doumit 2 (16, Holland, Nathan), Jamey Carroll (10, Scheppers)
HR - Josh Willingham (19, Holland)
RBI - Josh Willingham (60), Trevor Plouffe (36), Brian Dozier (22)
SB - Ben Revere (18, 2nd base off Nathan/Napoli), Darin Mastroianni (9, 3rd base off Nathan/Napoli)
CS - Ben Revere (5, 2nd base by Holland/Napoli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Deduno-Dozier-Morneau, Deduno-Dozier-Morneau
E - Trevor Plouffe (9, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Samuel Deduno 5.1633332 5.06
Jeff Gray 1.1200000 3.93
Tyler Robertson0000100 7.20
Alex Burnett 1.1000210 2.34
Jared Burton 1000020 2.55
Kyle Waldrop (L,0-1)0211000 4.50
WP - Samuel Deduno (1), Jeff Gray (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Samuel Deduno 83-46, Jeff Gray 23-17, Tyler Robertson 4-0, Alex Burnett 28-15, Jared Burton 13-8, Kyle Waldrop 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Samuel Deduno 5-5, Jeff Gray 3-2, Alex Burnett 2-1
Batters Faced - Samuel Deduno 22, Jeff Gray 7, Tyler Robertson 1, Alex Burnett 6, Jared Burton 3, Kyle Waldrop 2
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5010023 .273
Elvis Andrus, SS5010023 .294
Josh Hamilton, DH4111100 .313
Adrian Beltre, 3B5331003 .328
Nelson Cruz, RF5032010 .266
Michael Young, 1B4000012 .263
David Murphy, LF3010102 .289
Mike Napoli, C1000300 .229
Craig Gentry, CF2000102 .343
Totals34410466  
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz 2 (21, Deduno, Waldrop)
HR - Josh Hamilton (27, Deduno), Adrian Beltre (15, Deduno)
SH - Craig Gentry (2)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (75), Adrian Beltre (54), Nelson Cruz 2 (53)
SB - David Murphy (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Mauer)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Gentry-Young, Scheppers-Kinsler-Young, Kinsler-Andrus-Young
PB - Mike Napoli (7)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 6633241 5.05
Tanner Scheppers 0.2200000 8.49
Robbie Ross 1.1000210 0.96
Joe Nathan (W,1-2) 2200020 1.77
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 88-55, Tanner Scheppers 11-8, Robbie Ross 24-13, Joe Nathan 36-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 6-6, Tanner Scheppers 1-0, Robbie Ross 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-3
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 24, Tanner Scheppers 3, Robbie Ross 5, Joe Nathan 8
Game Information
Attendance - 47067
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper