Sunday, August 26, 2012
Minnesota Twins 6, Texas Rangers 5
Rangers fail to come through with the four-game sweep.
ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers could not complete the rare four-game sweep Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, losing 6-5 to the Minnesota Twins to snap a four-game winning streak. The loss dropped Texas to 75-52, five and a half games ahead of the Oakland A's for first place in the AL West. Minnesota improved to 52-75.
The game was delayed in the first inning by thunderstorms, but both pitchers stayed in. Rangers starter Scott Feldman was subpar in his fourth straight loss, allowing six runs on ten hits over five-plus innings. Feldman, who walked one while striking out four, fell to 6-10 on the year with a 4.95 ERA.
Twins rookie starter Cole De Vries won for the first time in a month, giving up two runs over five innings and improving to 3-5 on the season.
The Twins opened the scoring in the top of the first when Ben Revere walked, advanced to second on Joe Mauer's groundout and then scored on Josh Willingham's RBI double. Revere finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs scored and hit an RBI triple in the top of the sixth that ultimately provided the game-deciding run.
Texas responded in the bottom frame. Following a long delay, the Rangers hit three straight singles to open the game sandwiched around a passed ball. Josh Hamilton hit the third single, allowing Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland to score for a 2-1 Texas lead.
Unfortunately for Texas, De Vries retired 15 of the next 16 hitters he faced as the Twins slowly built a 6-2 lead. Texas nearly clawed back with a two-run home run from Hamilton, his 35th of the season and 111th RBI, and a solo home run from Nelson Cruz that brought the game to within 6-5. The Twins bullpen shut Texas down the rest of the way, however, as all nine Rangers went 3-and-out in the final three innings.
Texas next faces the 70-57 Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game home series starting Monday night.